Charles to marry Camilla

Britain's Prince of Wales is to marry Camilla Parker Bowles, it was announced today.

Britain's Prince of Wales is to marry Camilla Parker Bowles, it was announced today.

A full statement is to be released by the royal household shortly.

No date has been released at this stage, but reports this morning suggested it would be April 6.

The move will end years of speculation on their relationship which has spanned decades. Mrs Parker Bowles’s current position meant her status was dogged with problems, including her seating at social functions away from the heir to the throne.

They first met at a Windsor polo match in 1970.

Last June, Mrs Parker Bowles was mentioned in the Prince’s accounts – moving into a new realm of acceptance.

This week, there was further controversy over the cost of her lifestyle and how it was funded by the Prince.

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