Camilla Parker Bowles
Camilla Parker Bowles was the one that encouraged Princess Diana to date Prince Charles. Pictured: Bowles attends a State Dinner at Jubilee House on day six of the royal trip to west Africa on November 5, 2018 in Accra, Ghana. Getty Images/Joe Giddens - WPA Pool

Camilla Parker Bowles was the one that encouraged Prince Charles to have a relationship with Princess Diana due to a shocking reason.

In the documentary “The Duchess of Cornwall: Camilla’s Story and Secrets,” author Jessica Jayne said that Bowles encouraged the relationship between the two royals because she never saw Princess Diana as a threat.

“Camilla initially encouraged the relationship between Charles and Diana because she thought Diana was gormless. Camilla never saw Diana as a threat and that the late Princess could be someone she could manipulate,” she said (via Express).

Jayne also said that Bowles even tried to befriend Princess Diana at one point. And while Prince Charles was on an official visit to Australia and New Zealand, Bowles and Princess Diana hung out and went to lunch together.

Penny Junor, a royal biographer, previously revealed that when Princess Diana and Prince Charles first started dating each other, they oftentimes visited Bowles’ country home in Wiltshire. Princess Diana and Bowles spent time bonding with each other while they were at Bolehyde Manor. Princess Diana also helped Bowles take care of her young children Tom and Laura.

Bowles also provided Princess Diana with a friendly shoulder to lean on after the latter got engaged to Prince Charles. But in 1981, Princess Diana moved to Clarence House where she found Bowles’ note to Prince Charles on their bed. The late princess told Andrew Parker Bowles about the note, and the two enjoyed a gossipy meal with each other.

Princess Diana soon became distrustful of Bowles. In Andrew Morton’s book “Diana: Her True Story,” it was revealed that Princess Diana found a bracelet inside one of Prince Charles’ employees’ offices, with the letter G and F engraved on it. The bracelet was a gift from Prince Charles to Bowles, and the initial symbolized their pet name for each other which was Gladys and Fred.