Prince Charles was in the West Indies when he learned the devastating news that his then former girlfriend, Camilla Shand, was going to marry another man.
It was March 1973 and the then-24-year-old was on tour as part of the Royal Navy after being forced to put his six-month relationship with Camilla “on hold”.
It’s been widely reported that the royal family didn’t think the daughter of a British Army major was a good enough match for the future King and pressured the pair to end their romance.
However, when Charles received a letter from then-25-year-old Camilla telling him that she had accepted a proposal of marriage from her on-again-off-again boyfriend Andrew Parker Bowles he was said to be devastated.
In her biography of Camilla, The Duchess: The Untold Story, royal author Penny Junor describes how the news “broke his heart”.
"She wrote to Charles herself to tell him. It broke his heart," she wrote.