What Was Camilla Parker Bowles Really Like Before She Became A Royal?

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is the wife of Prince Charles. Their relationship has been marred by drama and scandal. But before all of this, what was Camilla really like?

Camilla's duty as a Duchess

According to the website of the Prince of Wales, Camilla Parker Bowle's job mainly revolves around supporting her husband as he performs his own duties as the heir to the throne. She also attends events organized by charities she supports.

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She married Prince Charles in 2005, several years after he was divorced from Diana, Princess of Wales.

Who was Camilla before she became a royal

Her birth name was Camilla Rosemary Shand and she was born to Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand and the Hon Rosalind Maud Shand on July 17, 1947.

She has a sister named Annabel Elliot and a brother Mark. Unfortunately, her brother passed away in April 2014. 

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Growing up, Camilla has been known to be very boisterous and quite loud. This is according to author Christopher Anderson who wrote 'Game Of Crowns,' an excerpt of which was published in the New York Post.

In fact, Camilla's party ways even caused her to lose her first job as an assistant at an interior design company Colefax and Fowler.

Imogen Taylor, who worked there at the time, told The Sunday Times in an interview that Camilla had come in late one day because she was at a dance the night before. This caused her then-boss, Tom Parr to give her the boot.

Despite that though, Camilla has done very well for herself. Her first marriage was to cavalry officer Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. They had two children together.

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They divorced in 1995, however, following the confirmation that she was having an affair with Prince Charles, who was still married to Diana at the time.

Her marriage to Prince Charles

On April 9, 2005, the Prince of Wales and Camilla tied the knots in a civil ceremony. As a lot of people blamed Camilla for Charles and Diana's troubled marriage and even her subsequent passing, Camilla had an uphill climb proving herself. 

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Eventually, things settled down and today the pair seem happily married. 

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