Queen Consort Camilla’s ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, will be at Westminster Abbey to attend Charles’s coronation, a report has found.
According to The Sunday timesthe Queen’s former husband will be ‘front and centre’ of the Congregation to watch his first wife be crowned alongside King Charles.
He and Camilla, who married in 1973, have two children, food critic Tom Parker Bowles and art curator Laura Lopes. Camilla married Prince Charles in 2005, while Parker Bowles exchanged vows to Rosemary Pitman in 1996. She died in 2010.
They separated in the 1980s and finally divorced in 1995, with a royal biographer once noting: ‘It is said that an English gentleman will always put his wife down for his country and this was certainly true in the case of Andrew Parker Bowles. ‘
It comes after it was revealed that Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, was not invited to the grand occasion on Saturday, May 6.
Queen Consort Camilla’s ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles will be at Westminster Abbey to attend Charles’s coronation, a report shows (photo on their wedding day, July 4, 1973)
According to The Sunday Times, the Queen’s former husband will be “front and center” of the congregation to watch his first wife be crowned alongside King Charles
Camilla and Andrew share two children, Tom Parker Bowles, 48, a food writer, and Laura Lopes, 45, a gallery owner — with Tom’s son Freddie and Laura’s twin sons Gus and Louis, all 13, who will be Camilla’s pages of honor.
The publication reports that they will wear the train of her robes during the grand coronation ceremony.
Friends of Mr Parker Bowles told the paper he was ‘very naughty with women’ and a ‘bit of a rascal’.
Earlier this week, Sarah Ferguson broke her silence over her disapproval of the coronation.
The Duchess of York, 63, said she was not offended during her speech on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, citing her divorce from Prince Andrew.
She said presenters Kate Garraway And Adil Ray: ‘I’m not going, it’s a state event, and if you’re divorced I don’t think you can have it both ways.
“I’m divorced and I really like being separated from my ex-husband, not from him but from him. It’s important to make a distinction.”
She added that just because she’s “not present at the state event,” she can still “attend” it privately.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of, it really is,” she continued, “and like I said, you can’t have both. You are not allowed to sit on the fence. You’re in or out, don’t mess around.’
She added, “The beauty of this moment in time is the unity of the family, and I think Charles and Camilla are doing an exceptional job of uniting the family.”
Elsewhere, Sarah said the “spotlight needs to come off” Prince Andrew to let him “get on with his life.”
Royal commentator Tom Bower previously told MailOnline that Sarah had excluded herself because of her previous “behavior”.
He added that her presence “would provoke critical comments, which King Charles does not need.”
He and Camilla, who married in 1973, have two children, food critic Tom Parker Bowles and art curator Laura Lopes. Camilla married Prince Charles in 2005, while Parker Bowles exchanged vows to Rosemary Pitman in 1996. She died in 2010. (King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla pictured at their civil wedding ceremony on April 9, 2005)
Camilla Shand and Major Andrew Parker-Bowles pose with their pageboys and bridesmaids after their wedding at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, 4 July 1973
And expert Richard Fitzwilliams praised the king’s “extremely wise” decision as it “has embarrassed the royal family for years.”
But the apparent decision has taken some royal viewers by surprise — with Meghan’s friend Omid Scobie tweeting, “If true, this feels kind of cruel, doesn’t it?”
Speaking of Sarah’s absence, Mr Bower said she will be left out ‘because she is not a member of the royal family’.
He added that she had excluded herself “because of her past behavior” and said: “Her presence would provoke critical remarks that Charles does not need.”