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Prince Charles is the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and is the heir apparent to the British throne.
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At three years old, Prince Charles became the heir apparent to British throne when his mother, Elizabeth, became Queen. His marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles made him the subject of scrutiny.
With her marriage to Prince Charles in turmoil, Princess Diana sought to change herself by losing weight, seeking treatment for her bulimia, and cutting her hair.
The "Wedding of the Century" took place on July 29th, 1981, when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and became Diana, Princess of Wales. The wedding was watched on television by 750 million people worldwide.
On June 7, 1992, Andrew Morton's book "Diana: Her True Story" was released. Diana had allowed herself to be tape recorded and confessed all of the details of her marriage, including her suicide attempts and Charles' affair with Camilla.
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The marriage became strained over the years with royal responsibilities, media pressures and infidelities. Charles reportedly re-ignited a relationship with his former flame, Camilla Parker Bowles, while married to Diana. The couple officially separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.
Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. Despite their differences,
Charles traveled with her sisters to France to accompany her body back to England. During her funeral procession, he walked with their sons - William, 15, and Harry, 12 - and Diana's brother, Earl Spencer. Charles took his role as father to his grieving sons seriously, asking the media to leave his children alone and to let them live as normal a life as possible.
After years of quietly maintaining their relationship, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005. She then became the Duchess of Cornwall and now often accompanies her husband on many of his official visits. Besides his royal duties, Charles has been become a leading philanthropist. In addition to the Prince's Trust, he has founded several other charitable organizations and supports efforts to help the environment, improve education, and fund arts initiatives.
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