How Do You Do?
updated 07/27/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/27/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Make it a round. The Sun, which broke the story on July 9, was giddy over the prospect that the meeting, and two subsequent visits over tea and lunch, might signal Camilla's return to public view—or greater exposure—after 10 months of lying low. "Show Us You Love Her," the next day's headline urged Charles. And the palace not only confirmed the story, a spokesperson told the Press Complaints Commission that it would not object if it were published.
Why the change of heart? One reason may be Charles's approaching 50th-birthday bash at Highgrove on Nov. 14, which his children and Camilla plan to attend. "They wanted to get the introductions done before the party," says royal watcher Peter Archer. Which means 13-year-old Harry is likely up next.
The episode, says Camilla biographer Christopher Wilson, is a sign that "Charles is consulting William and treating him as an adult." William's good opinion may someday count for even more. After the meetings, British bookies cut the odds of a Charles-Camilla wedding from 10-1 to 5-1. Says royal author Brian Hoey: "People feel Charles deserves a little happiness."