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King Charles III and Camilla got what they wanted long ago

By Monica Hesse

15 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

King Charles III and the Queen Consort Camilla's tale may not be a typical love story, but it is a love story all the same. This article looks at the history of their relationship.

If there are any lingering doubts as to King Charles III's suitability for the throne, they might be traceable to a 1981 television interview celebrating his engagement to Diana Spencer.

A journalist asked if the couple were in love. "Of course," replied a visibly affronted Diana, 19, while - oh God - her brand-new fiance smirked toothily at the camera. "Whatever 'in love' means," he said. This was the answer of a cad, or maybe of a freshman drowning in the bong water of his Philosophy 101 class, except that Charles was, at the time, 32 years old.

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