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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 2 months ago

Was Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles accepted into “polite society” when she was Prince Charles’ mistress while married to Andrew Parker Bowles ?

Did the Queen ever entertain her during that period when she was mistress?

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Yes but, the so called "polite society" is mostly made up of amoral people. Charlie's friends used to lend them their country home, so that he could have his dirty weekends away, no questions asked. The Queen would not have anything to do with the mistress and when Charlie wanted to invite her to an official dinner at the Palace, the Queen told him that she "will not have that woman in my house". The Queen Mother made it crystal clear, that she wouldn't even have her name mentioned.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I realise that some people like to believe she was whilst still married to PB but I don't think she was.   They, the PBs and members of the Royal Family, were friends and mixed socially.   Later on, after the PB marriage had ended in divorce and Charles and Diana's marriage had failed, many of their friends made it possible for Charles and Camilla to meet in private.

    The Queen Mother would have nothing to do with Camilla - it was she and Mountbatten who instrumented the marriage between Charles and Diana after all.

    The Queen wasn't going to accept Camilla although eventually she more of less had to (she's non negotiable) and it's clear that the Queen has accepted the inevitable and has way more in common with her, than she was ever likely to with Diana.  Thankfully for all concerned, the situation has gone full circle.

  • The affair was an open secret - it is possible that the only person in Prince Charles's circles who did not know the full extent of it was Princess Diana. The Queen has no problem with infidelity as long as it does not become a public embarrassment. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Her husband had official positions at court.  He was the Silver Stick in Waiting to the Queen and commanded the Household Cavalry. You may be sure that the Queen met them both socially.

    The Queen's parents, in fact, attended Camilla's mother's debutante ball, which was the last great social event in London before the war.  There had long been social ties between Camilla's family and the royals.

    Members of "polite society" facilitated the affair by lending Charles and Camilla their country houses. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    She was always in polite society. Polite people don't pry into other people's private lives.

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, "polite society,"  being no stranger to discrete affairs, accepted Camilla and Charles into their homes, inviting them to parties, weekends, hunts, shoots.

    The Queen did not know about the affair until the Wales marriage showed signs of failure. The Queen had invited Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles to some events during the time she knew nothing of the affair. After the affair became public knowledge, the Parker Bowleses were not entertained by the Queen.

    I think that you already knew this. Answers has a very Camilla-Charles obsessed anonymous poster eager to portray the couple in a negative light by posting questions based on misinformation and lies.

  • 2 months ago

    She was always part of 'polite society'. Charlie kept his dalliance as quiet as he could until the matrimonial situation was sorted. 

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