Prince Charles used to be regarded as a career bachelor for several years before he met the love of his life, Camilla Parker Bowles.

In the book “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of An Improbable Life,” royal author Sally Bedell Smith said that things changed for the future King immediately after he saw Camilla.

While at the Royal Ascot Party in 1978, Smith said that Camilla had the ability to change Prince Charles’ mood for the better.

“The only time Charles brightened up was on the second day when the Tyrons and Parker Bowles came to lunch. ‘His mood completely changed,’ said one of the guests,” she said.

Shortly after that, Prince Charles and Camilla started seeing each other again for a brief time. “‘They were not often alone together but they talked frequently and at length on the telephone, and in the process, their feeling for each other’ wrote Dimbleby,” she said.

However, Prince Charles and Camilla didn’t end up together shortly after their series of brief hangouts. After all, Camilla was already married to Andrew Parker Bowles at that time. Prince Charles also tied the knot with Princess Diana three years later.

Throughout Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage, Camilla and Prince Charles continued to see each other. In fact, the Princess of Wales was aware that her husband was having an affair with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Eleven years after Prince Charles and Princess Diana tied the knot, they decided to have a trial separation. But their decision ended up in a divorce in 1996.

After their split, Prince Charles and Camilla continued to see each other. In fact, before Princess Diana’s death on Aug. 31, 1997, the royal couple was already planning on making their relationship public.

However, out of respect for the late royal, Prince Charles and Camilla decided to keep their relationship as low-key as possible. It was online in the 200s that they started hanging out in public again.

Prince Charles, Camilla
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Getty Images/Chris Jackson