When did Charles and Camilla meet – do they have a secret son?

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Charles and Camilla may only have been married 16 years, but they've been on and off romantically for five decades (Picture: Getty)
Charles and Camilla may only have been married 16 years, but they’ve been on and off romantically for five decades (Picture: Getty)

However, a British expat who now lives in Australia appeared on This Morning in April last year and claimed to be a secret love child of the royal couple.

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Simon Charles Dorante-Day, 56, who hails from Britain, has spent more than ten years proving he’s blue blood and heir to the British throne.

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For his story to be true, Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, would have to have fathered Dorante-Day before either of their first marriages.

Dorante-Day, 55, believes he is the heir’s secret love child (Image: Seven)

So when did Charles and Camilla meet and why does Dorante-Day think he is her son? You need to know.

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Why does Dorante-Day think he’s a Windsor mountbatten?

Dorante-Day told Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning on April 29 that he began speculating about his real parents as heir to the throne in 1994, shortly after the birth of his first son.

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His adoptive grandparents had been working for the royal household at the time of his birth and he claims his adoptive grandmother told him he was the son of Charles and Camilla.

He believes his adoptive parents were entrusted by the royals to keep him and that he even had an encounter with Charles and Camilla at the home of a royal naval officer in Portsmouth when he was around five or six years old.

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This encounter would therefore have taken place around 1972, when Charles had just joined the Royal Navy.

He also claims that his grandfather presented him with awards from the Queen, but these are not found in any document.

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Dorante-Day goes on to claim his eye color was changed from blue by risky optical surgery to stop speculation as to who his parents were.

If it were to be proven that he is her beloved child, he would be the heir to the British throne.

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Neither Charles nor Camilla have ever commented on the speculation.

Dorante-Day now wants a DNA test to prove he is her child, he has also made an official request to the Metropolitan Police.

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His case is set to appear in court after being dismissed once before.

When did Prince Charles and Camilla meet?

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The senior royals have known each other for five decades and are believed to have first met at a polo match at Windsor Castle in 1970.

However, this has been disputed by their official biographer, Gyles Brandreth, who states that they first met in 1971 at the home of their mutual friend Lucia Santa Cruz.

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They began a secret romance – although members of their social circle were aware of their relationship – and the pair often attended polo matches together at Smith’s Lawn in Windsor Great Park.

They introduced themselves to their families, with Camilla meeting Charles’ uncle and mentor Lord Mountbatten sometime between 1971 and 1973. Camilla was thought to be Charles’ first love, but his service in the Royal Navy put an abrupt end to their volatile romance in 1973.

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There was also much speculation that the couple would not have received royal approval to marry, as Charles’ grandmother the Queen Mother wasn’t keen on Camilla and wanted him to marry a member of the Spencer family.

Others suggest Camilla didn’t want to marry Charles as she had been in an on-off relationship with British Army Lieutenant Andrew Parker Bowles since the late 1980s.

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Regardless of the reason for the split, or whether they met in 1970 or 1971, these apparent first encounters do not square with the 55-year-old’s claims as he was born in 1996, which was far too early for the prince and duchess to tell his parents.

When did you first marry your former partners?

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After Charles joined the Navy in 1972, the Duchess of Cornwall married Andrew Parker Bowles the following year.

Their marriage would last until 1995 and they welcomed their first son together, Tom, in 1974. Prince Charles is his godfather. They welcomed a second child, Laura, in 1978.

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In 1995, the couple divorced after reportedly living apart for years. In 1996, Camilla’s ex-husband remarried.

Meanwhile, Charles had returned from his naval service and was romantically involved with a number of women, including Sarah Spencer, Princess Diana’s older sister.

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Charles and Diana met for the first time in 1977 – she was 16 and he was 29.

At the time, he was in a relationship with her sister Sarah, who has since stated that she was not in love with the heir apparent.

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In 1979 he also rekindled his friendship with Camilla Parker-Bowles and confided in her his grief after the death of Lord Mountbatten in an IRA bombing.

He proposed to Diana in February 1981 and they married on April 29 of that year.

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Diana welcomed Prince William in June 1982 and his younger brother, Prince Harry, was born in September 1984.

Did Charles and Camilla have an affair?

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Diana famously revealed in an interview after her marriage to Charles broke up in 1992 that he was having an affair with Camilla. The couple divorced in 1996.

In an interview with Martin Bashir, when asked “Do you think Ms. Parker-Bowles was a factor in the failure of your marriage,” she responded by saying, “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a little crowded .”

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According to Charles’ authorized biography, he began an affair with Camilla in 1986, ten years before his divorce from Diana.

Charles was later embroiled in a scandal nicknamed “Camillagate” when private phone calls made to her in 1989 were leaked to the British press. The most explicit content has been redacted.

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He told Jonathon Dimbleby in 1994, when answering a question about whether he had been “faithful and honorable” during his marriage to Diana, that “Yes, yes…until it broke irretrievably, we both tried.”

In the same interview, he referred to Camilla as “a great friend of mine.”

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In 1997, just weeks before Diana died in a tragic car accident, Charles threw a private party for Camilla’s 50th birthday at his home.

In 1998, Camilla and Charles appeared to go public with their relationship again. Charles confirmed that she had met William and intended to meet Harry when she was 13. The young princes would have lost their mother less than a year earlier.

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However, the Queen did not approve of her adultery and refused to attend Charles’ 50th birthday party as Camilla was said to have attended.

When did Charles and Camilla get married?

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The couple moved into Clarence House together in 2003, with the Royal Family announcing that British taxpayer money would not be used to decorate Camilla’s room.

However, they waited until April 9, 2009 to get married. This may be because the Church of England only allowed divorced people to remarry in the church in 2002.

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Charles is the future king and as such will be the head of the Church and it would have been unacceptable if his marriage had not been consummated in the Church which he will preside over.

The Queen did not attend the wedding, but Prince William was best man. The Queen attended the reception afterwards, although she was not in the couple’s official photos.

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In order for Princess Diana to remain the only Princess of Wales, Camilla was given the title of Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla will not be Queen when Charles takes the throne, but “Princess Consort”.

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