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In the first episode of The Crown season four, titled Gold Stick, Prince Charles (played by Josh O’Connor) is encouraged to settle down and marry by his family. The Queen (Olivia Colma) alongside her mother (Marion Bailey), Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) and PrincessMaragret (Helen Bonham Carter) even discuss the women he has dated in the past but who were they?
Who did Charles date before Diana?
On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin).
Their marriage lasted 15 years and the officially divorced in August 1996.
In April 2005 Charles married his long-term partner, Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell)
As seen in The Crown, Charles’ love-life was not the most stable and he struggled to settle down at first.
He also wanted to be with Camilla, but the marriage was not permitted by the Royal family plus, Camilla soon married Army Officer Andrew Parker Bowles (Andrew Buchan).
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, royal expert Marlene Koenig revealed the names of some of the women Charles dated before he married Diana in 1981.
She said: “The Prince of Wales was linked with a number of women before he met Diana, including her sister, Lady Sarah Spencer, Lady Jane Wellesley, Davina Sheffield, Sabrina Guinness, Lady Amanda Knatchbull (granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten), among others.”
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Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles met Camilla Shand, later Parker Bowles and currently the Duchess of Cornwall in 1971.
After an 18-month relationship sadly, in 1973, their relationship came to an end, shortly after Charles travelled overseas to join the Royal Navy.
Upon his return, Charles and Camilla did not rekindle their relationship and in July 1973, Camilla married British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles.
Camilla is the eldest child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife Rosalind Cubitt, the daughter of Roland Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe.
She grew up in East Sussex and South Kensington and was educated in England, Switzerland and France.
In 1972, she married Andrew Parker Bowles and they had two children together.
Throughout her marriage to her first husband, Camila was romantically involved with Prince Charles
In 1995, Andrew and Camilla divorced and in 2005, Charles and Camilla wed in a civil marriage at Windsor Guildhall, which was followed by a televised Anglican blessing at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Today, she assists the Prince of Wales on his official duties and charity work, raising awareness for rape, sexual abuse, literacy, poverty and osteoporosis.
Lady Sarah Spencer
Lady Sarah Spencer (Isobel Eadie) is Diana Spencer’s older sister.
In The Crown, it is suggested she and Charles dated and later became good friends.
She acquired the title lady when her father became the 8th Earl Spencer.
Sarah married Neil Edmund McCorquodale, the son of Scottish athlete and cricketer, Alastair McCorquodale.
They have three children together, Emily Jane, George and Celia.
Sarah recently attended the wedding of her nephew Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018, and is believed to be close with Prince William.
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Lady Jane Wellesley and Prince Charles are believed to have dated in the early 1970s.
At the time, she as 22-years-old and the Prince, 25.
The pair had grown up together. Her father was the Duke of Wellington, a close friend of the Queen’s.
Unfortunately, very little is known about Lady Jane Wellesley today.
In his late 20’s, Charles met 24-year-old David Sheffield.
Davina was the granddaughter of industrialist Lord McGowan, and a cousin of Samantha Sheffield, who is now married to former Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Royal expert Penny Juror in her book The Firm, Davina and Charles were “very much in love.”
Juror also detailed Davina had previously dated powerboat racer James Beard, who had bee duped by a reporter into sharing details of his relationship with Davina.
News of James and Davina’s relationship ‘killed the relationship dead’ as it broke the royal tradition of a bride to the future king being ‘intact’, wrote Juror.
Sabrina Guinness is an Irish television producer.
She is one of the four daughters of Pauline Vivien and James Edward Alexander Rundell Guinness CBE, a Second World War veteran of the Royal Navy.
Sabrina founded the London based charity Youth Cable Television which helps train disadvantaged youth to work in television production.
The Daily Telegraph dubbed Sarah the “It Girl of her generation” as a result of her relationship with Prince Charles, Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger.
In 2014, she married playwright, Sir Tom Stoppard.
Lady Amanda Knatchbull
Lady Amanda Knatchbull was the granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance) Charles’s great-uncle and therefore, Charles’s second cousin.
In 1980, Charles even proposed to Amanda but she rejected the proposal.
Jonathan Dimbleby in The Prince of Wales: A Biography explained following the death of Mountbatten, who had been assassinated by the IRA in August 1979, which also killed her grandmother and youngest brother Nicholas, she distanced herself from the prospect of becoming part of the royal family.
In 1987, Amanda married novelist and property entrepreneur, Charles Vincent Ellingworth.
Amanda is a British social worker and she is currently the director of Plan International, Barnardo’s and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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