Prince Charles and Camilla to Marry
February 10, 2005

There's a new chapter in a famous love story that survived three decades of scandalous headlines: Prince Charles has announced he will marry Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Countrymen and cameras lined the London streets as Prince Charles stopped and smiled on an official outing Thursday as the news of his engagement spread through England and the world.

Prime Minister Tony Blair sent well wishes to the happy couple, whose love affair was first ignited at a polo match more than 30 years ago and grew into a scandal-plagued relationship that the late Princess Diana -- and much of the English public -- blamed for wrecking her fairy tale marriage.

Throughout Charles' marriage to Diana, Camilla was secretly the other woman. After her divorce from Charles in 1996, Diana told on TV reporter, "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

Now, eight years after Diana's tragic death, the public and the royal family are warming to the idea of another royal wedding, with the Queen even giving her blessing.

But "Extra" has learned that Camilla will never become Queen Camilla. Once married she will become "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall," and if Charles becomes king, she will be known as "The Princess Consort."

Unlike the spectacular production the royal family put on in the summer of 1981, "Extra" has learned that the prince and his bride-to-be will be married with a private civil service at Windsor Castle on April 8th, presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

"These arrangements have my full support," Williams said.

And with that support, the prince will finally go public with the fairy tale love affair he's been living in private for decades.


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