It’s no secret that Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles‘ relationship has been a point of contention for decades. What many don’t realize is that before their affair and the battle of public approval began, they struggled with getting Camilla’s parents on their side.
During his time in the British Army, he served as a second lieutenant in the 12th Royal Lancers and earned two Military Crosses — a prestigious award for junior Army officers. During World War II, he fought in North Africa and France.
While engaging in battle in El Alamein, Egypt, he was captured by Nazi forces and remained a prisoner until the war’s end in 1945.
Together, they had three children: Camilla, now 71, Annabel, now 69, and Mark, who died at 62 following a head injury. After having children, Major Bruce decided to settle down and enter the wine business.
He eventually became partner at the Mayfair wine merchants firm.
They began dating, but their relationship had its rocky moments, as Andrew was often away on duty.
The war hero wanted Andrew to settle down and marry his daughter. To seal the deal, Sally Bedell Smith, author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, reports that Bruce and Andrew’s brother worked together to publish an engagement notice in The Times which pressured Andrew to propose.
When Charles and Diana’s marriage began to crumble in the early ’90s and the Prince of Wales and Camilla rekindled their romance, he didn’t appear to be a huge fan of the future king. In fact, at one point, Bruce had a private meeting with Charles where he allegedly reproached him for “ruining his daughter‘s life” and reduced him to tears, according to The Guardian.
The cavalry officer did eventually come around though, later remarking that Charles “came across as very fair-minded and sincere.” He even went as far as to say that he had “no doubt that he [Charles] will make a perfect king.
Vanity Fair reports that her mother came from money largely thanks to her great-grandfather, who made his fortune helping build Mayfair, Pimlico, and Belgravia in London. Rosalind’s mother, Sonia Cubitt, also happened to be one of the daughters of Alice Keppel (King Edward VII’s famous mistress).
In terms of her demeanor, she was described as “uniquely sweet and patient.” She worked for an adoption agency and was also a frequent volunteer who helped children with disabilities at the Chailey Heritage Foundation, according to Express.
In comparison to Camilla’s father, not much is written about Rosalind nor is it clear where she stood on her daughter‘s tumultuous love triangle. Camilla did admire her mother, who tragically passed away at 72 to osteoporosis in 1994.