AN ENDURING LOVE

  • First attraction
  • Separate ways
  • Royal wedding
  • Drifting apart
  • Charles/Diana split
  • Revelations
  • Camilla reviled
  • Her own divorce
  • Tragedy strikes
  • Rapprochement
  • Affection in public
  • A fresh start
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  • Drifting apart
    For the first few years of wedded life the Prince and Princess made a go of their relationship, and in June 1982 Diana gave the Prince an heir – Prince William – with Prince Harry following two years later.

    However, cracks gradually began to appear in the Waleses’ marriage and by 1985 they were barely speaking to one another. With Diana spending most of her time in London at their apartments in Kensington Palace and Charles holed up at their Gloucestershire residence of Highgrove, the couple were living virtually separate lives.

    It is around this time that the Prince is thought to have reignited his affair with Camilla. She was still living with her husband Andrew, but they are also said to have drifted apart, though they stayed together for the sake of their children.

    Charles and Camilla would meet whenever they could, either at Highgrove when Diana was away or at private house parties held by mutual and sympathetic friends. Perhaps inevitably given the state of her marriage, Diana herself formed a number of close friendships with men including her personal protection officer Barry Mannakee, Old Etonian James Gilbey and dashing army officer James Hewitt.

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