Thursday, 12 November 2009

Charles and Camilla: A Real Love Story, and Encouragement for Constant Lovers Everywhere

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have been in Canada this last week, making the hearts of monarchists palpitate and tongues of fashionistas spew venom about the second Mrs. Prince's dowdiness. Ordinarily I don’t pay much attention to either, but before they go back to the UK, I think it’s important to note that theirs is a real love story, one that is much more uplifting than that fairytale involved Diana Spencer.

Camilla and Charles met when they were 23 and 21 respectively, but even though sparks apparently flew, their romance was stifled because Royal Family advisors thought Charles too inexperienced to marry. Officially they went their separate ways, Camilla marrying a military man 8 years older than she, and Charles marrying a beauty who shared few of his interests. But both marriages broke up in the 1990s, in part because of their continuing affair, although it wasn’t until 2005 that they finally married each other.

So a romance begun nearly 40 years ago continues today. That’s not bad at all. What a shame they weren’t allowed to follow their hearts at the beginning. As for Camilla’s fashion sense: well, she looks to me like a woman who dresses for her age and who is happy in a relationship that took far too long to come about. Good on her...and him too for recognizing the value of a love and a lover who have grown over time along with you.


penlan said...

Nice to see something posted that is positive about Charles & Camilla. All this "dowdy" talk drives me stupid. I think she's an interesting woman, loyal to her husband, & that she reveals "character" rather than silly superficial glamour, like Diana did. Sexism is alive & well in our country.

The Garden Ms. S said...

It is a lovely romance. They deserve many more years of happiness.

I simply can't imagine either of them being glamorous and think thier "sensible shoes" approach to life suits them perfectly.

lagatta à montréal said...

I agree completely. One needn't be a monarchist to see these wtwo are made for one another and I'm very glad that they wound up following their hearts.

I'm just livid abou the nasty comments one hears about Camilla.

And while Charles does inevitably have that "out of touch aristocrat" about him, one could do far worse than a head of state committed to the environment, Via Campesina, organic farming, WALKABLE TOWN PLANNING etc.