How Prince Charles 'almost' married someone else – and it wasn’t Camilla or ...

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Charles married Lady Diana Spencer – later Princess Diana – in 1981, a union which quickly dissolved leading to their eventual divorce. They divorced in 1996, and a year later Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris. Charles went on to marry Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. As the newly released third series of the popular drama, ‘The Crown’ which is based on The Royal Family, revealed, Charles and Camilla are believed to have actually met circa 1971, possibly at a polo match or a mutual friend’s house.

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Camilla had been seeing Andrew Parker Bowles, her on-off lover, but they were not together at the time and so she and Charles began seeing one another. Andrew was, in fact, establishing a relationship with Princess Anne, Charles’ younger sister, at the time.

However, Charles joined the Royal Navy in 1973 – for an unknown reason, they subsequently split up shortly afterward. Camilla married Andrew in his absence, although the pair resumed their romance later.

By 1996 they were both divorced, they did not marry for another nine years.

Yet, the front page of the Daily Express on 17 June, 1977 revealed the other contender who was believed to have caught Charles’ eye – only a few months before he met Diana.

Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg and Prince CharlesPrincess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg and Prince Charles (Image: Getty)

Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles wed in 2005Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles wed in 2005 (Image: Getty)

Reporter John Warden wrote: “Prince Charles is to marry Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg.”

Astrid is the daughter of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Her mother, the former Princess Josephine Charlotte, is the daughter of the former King Leopold and Queen Astrid of the Belgians.

She was one of the few eligible princesses from Europe at the time, so many matchmakers had considered her as Charles’ wife.

Mr Warden continued: “The formal

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