When he was just a teenager, Prince William had the hots for an older woman. An older woman who would later become his father’s niece.
William was 17-years-old when he reportedly “fell in love” with a then 25-year-old Emma Parker Bowles — the niece of Camilla, according to royal biographer Andrew Morton. The year was 1999, just six years before Camilla and Prince Charles married.
One palace insider supposedly revealed to Morton that Prince William would “gaze adoringly” at Emma.
A waiter who served the couple back in 1999 told London’s Sunday People at the time that William was “looking lovingly at Emma and she was hanging on his every word.” And a close friend of Emma’s said that “sometimes he gazes at her so adoringly that it becomes a bit embarrassing. He looks every inch a young man who is falling in love.”
And while no major romance came of this flirtation, the two remain close friends.
When William started dating Kate Middleton in college in 2003 and subsequently proposed, Emma was invited to the wedding. Now 44, she told E! that she was surprised by the invitation “because I know he didn’t invite a lot of people.”
She also said she thinks William “just started off as a nice person.
“You could see in that situation how he possibly could have turned out to be a real brat, but he couldn’t be further from that and has much more humility than a lot of people I know.”
In 2017, Emma was a contestant on the British TV series “The Jump” in which celebrities compete in dangerous winter sports. Think “Dancing With the Stars” but with snow and ice.
Here’s a video of Emma on a foggy ski jump: