The Truth About Camilla’s Life Before She Got Married to Prince Charles


Camilla, Andrew and Tom thought they were a happy family until that point. Charles, their long-time friend, was also a great companion.

The queen insisted that Diana be allowed to go on the planned trip to Korea with Charles after the Morton book was released. When they got back, Diana made Charles cancel a planned shooting weekend for him, William and Harry and various friends, including Andrew and Camilla. It was an annual trip and the boys were looking forward to it—subsequently, Charles was livid.

That was the last straw, and on Dec. 9, 1992, British Prime Minister John MajorIn the House of Commons, it was announced that the Prince of Wales (and Princess of Wales) had separated. Their official split followed the separation of Prince AndrewAnd Sarah Ferguson and the divorce of Princess Anne Phillips and Mark Phillips earlier that year. (Anne was then married Timothy LaurenceDecember 12.)

In January 1993, Daily MirrorPublicized snippets of phone conversations between Charles (the infamous) and Camilla “Camillagate,” or, less delicately, “Tampon-gate,”Due to the expressed desire of Prince “live inside [Camilla’s] trousers or something.” “What are you going to turn into, a pair of knickers?”She laughed as they both laughed. “Oh, you’re going to come back as a pair of knickers.” 

“Or, god forbid, a Tampax,” he quipped. “Just my luck!” Camilla jested back, “You’re a complete idiot. Oh, what a wonderful idea!”