Prince Charles wanted his sons to meet Camilla in 1997 but Diana's unexpected death changed his plans.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles's affair was widely discussed after the world realized it was one of the main factors that broke Diana's marriage with the Prince. After Diana's sudden death in 1997, many thought the Prince would pursue his interest in Camilla very soon. But Charles chose to wait for years to unite with the woman he always loved.
According to Cheat Sheet, the father of two placed his sons' interest over his. He knew his sons needed some time. Royal author Penny Juror stated that Prince William and Harry were very sensitive to their father's relationship with Camilla. The boys loved their father but were not comfortable having a stepmother before they grew up and left the house they shared with their mother.
"They didn’t want to foist a stepmother on William and Harry before they had fully grown up. Accepting Camilla as a fixture in their father’s life has been difficult for them. Although they have been genuinely pleased to see him so happy, and genuinely like Camilla – and her children – the issue is complicated," said Juror, according to Cheat Sheet.
Besides, the boys were very loyal to their mother, who was always by their side till the day she died.
Initially, Charles had planned to officially introduce Camilla to his sons in 1997. Unfortunately, Diana passed away and Charles postponed his plans. But in 1998, Prince William told his father his desire to meet Camilla. Soon after that, Prince Harry was introduced to their future stepmother, according to Cheat Sheet.
Two years later, Charles appeared with Camilla in a public event after getting the acceptance of the Queen. As years went by, Prince William and Harry became more accepting of their father's relationship. , In 2005, Charles and Camilla got married with the support of William and Harry. They attended the wedding along with Camilla's children.
According to Express, Robert Jobson, who authored a book titled William’s Princess stated that Harry and William were not joyful of their father's second marriage. “Sure enough, privately, their mood was more one of ‘acceptance’ than undiluted joy at the prospect of having Camilla as their stepmother,” wrote Jobson.
Despite what their true feelings were, the brothers credited Camilla for making their father happy. Speaking to BBC News, Harry said their stepmother is a Camilla is “a wonderful woman, and she’s made our father very, very happy, which is the most important thing.” He continued, "William and I love her to bits. To be honest with you, she’s always been very close to me and William … but no, she’s not the wicked stepmother. I’ll say that right now.”
As per Cheat Sheet, William and Camilla seemed to have formed a deeper bond over the years. The two were seen happily interacting and sharing some joyful times together. In 2014, at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, William and his stepmother were seen enjoying each other with much laughter and mirth.
Though it took years, Charles managed to finally be with Camilla. Charles set his eyes on her in the seventies. They connected instantly and Charles was smitten. He even started dating her but his busy schedule made it difficult for him to be in touch with her. Moreover, Camilla did not want to marry him. Her heart was set on another person.
Besides, the royal family was not in favor of Charles's love for Camilla. "Lovely for you two to have a fling, but this absolutely cannot end in marriage," said Lord Mountbatten, Charles's uncle according to Express UK.
With circumstances not in his favor, Charles married Diana, even when his heart was still reserved for Camilla. However, many believe Diana was destined to become the princess, which led her to become the Queen of Hearts forever.