Prince William was born on June 21, 1982. In the South Atlantic, Britain had just been to war in the Falklands. In England, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that the prince and princess “deserve their happiness and we rejoice with them”. The bookies’ odds-on favorite name was George. Charles favored Arthur; Diana wanted William.

The couple were by now arguing constantly, often about Charles’s continued friendship with Camilla Parker Bowles. She and her husband, Andrew, were regular visitors to royal residences including Highgrove. James Gilbey, a friend of Diana since she was 17, told the journalist Andrew Morton that “the whole prospect of Camilla drives her spare. I mean, what the hell is that woman doing in her house?” During one row Charles told Diana that his father had said he could go back to his bachelor ways after five years if the marriage wasn’t working. He later admitted in a television interview that he had indeed resumed his affair with Camilla after his marriage had “irretrievably broken down”.

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