The heir to the throne sat down with Jonathan Dimbleby to discuss aspects of his personal life, and it didn’t take long before Camilla Parker Bowles stood up.
For the first time, Charles publicly admitted that he had been unfaithful, saying it did not happen until after his marriage was “irreparably broken.”
Public opinion about him changed immediately and many began to wonder if he was fit to take the throne.
Prior to the interview, his then press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, gave him a blunt warning.
Speaking about the new Channel 5 documentary Charles and Camilla: King and Queen in Waiting, he said, “I warned them when it should be warts and everything.
“You can’t deny anything, you can’t leave anything out. And nothing has been left out. “
ITV interview watched by millions and rocked royal family
When asked about his ex-girlfriend Camilla, who he dated before meeting Diana, Charles said: “Mrs. Parker Bowles is a great friend of mine, I have a lot of friends that I am very lucky having.
“So many friends who I find wonderful and who make a huge difference in my life, which would be intolerable otherwise. She has been a friend for a very long time. “
When asked if he had tried to be loyal to Diana after their wedding day, he replied “yes, absolutely.”
When asked if it was, he said yes, but after a short pause, he added “until it is irreparably damaged.”
Arbiter said, “He was very angry with the negative press like everyone else would be, and it was very negative. It was very vicious. “
A year later, it was time for Diana to say it all, when she did an hour-long interview with Panorama.
She said that she was aware of the matter but “that she was unable to do anything”.
She said she knew Charles was in love with Camilla, and when asked if she believed she was a factor in the breakdown of their marriage, she replied, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a big crowd. “
Mr. Arbiter spoke to Diana after the interview and says she regretted it.
He said, “She was very artificial, she was very sorry that she did it. But why did she do it in the first place? It was all that that attacked and returned to each other. “
There were also allegations that Camilla’s husband Andrew was also aware of the matter, but once it became public their marriage had to end.
The couple divorced in 1995.