The Astrology of Marriage in the Royal Family: A Suitable Girl and the “Bit on the Side”

Charles, Prince of WalesAge: 32
Education: University degree
Occupation: Public figure, Heir in waiting to throne not likely to be given up any time soon
Activities: Public appearances as assigned by the palace, suitable charity work
Pastimes: Polo, blood sports, playing the field
Well into adulthood, the most privileged of privileged children, Prince Charles, son of Queen Elizabeth II, had failed to carve a singular public role. He couldn’t even seem to get it together to find himself a wife and produce heirs. Say what you will about the pressures of living a life of royal obligation, here was a man who seemed immature, a dilettante, not ready to take up the duties for which he was raised. He was in danger of becoming a public liability to the British Throne.
Privately, Charles was a man unlucky in love, because “any girl who married the Prince needed to have an unblemished past.”

”Charles, in fact, had been forced to give up one of his girlfriends, Davina Sheffield after a disgruntled former lover came out of the woodwork to reveal that they had lived together for a time. The Prince, who had been very much in love with Davina, was heartbroken, but was nevertheless obliged to bow to the demands of royal duty. Camilla Shand, who as Camilla Parker-Bowles was to play such an important part in Charles’ later life and is now his second wife as Duchess of Cornwall, was turned down for similar reasons in 1971.
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Camilla Parker Bowles

Camilla Parker Bowles

Camilla and the Prince drifted apart, and Camilla subsequently married another. But neither the Prince—who never felt the need to remain faithful to any of his lovers—or Camilla let convention stand in the way of a good time. Sometime before he was engaged to Diana, they reconnected and picked up where they left off, even though Camilla was married. This seems, by the astrology, to have happened in the spring of 1980 as Mars in the sky crossed over his Saturn, the planet of fate and karma.
By Charles’ own accounts, his affair with Camilla was rekindled sometime in the mid-eighties, but the astrology says differently. Lest you are predisposed to believe Charles, consider that in the fall of 1980 Charles brought Diana round to dinner with “his friends, the Parker-Bowles,” suggesting that Camilla was still a part of Charles’ life.
Charles’ personality is more complex than what is portrayed in the media. A Sun sign Scorpio, ruled by the planet of power Mars, he is a man used to being in charge. But the heart of him—symbolized by his Sun conjunct Chiron, the planet of wounds—shows a man suffering from ego hurts and bruises. He compensates for those hurts by sexual conquests. This is shown by Mars, the planet of sexual drive, and Jupiter, the planet of abundance, in adventurous Sagittarius. Mars and Jupiter sit in the fifth house of romance opposite electric Uranus, signifying short-lived affairs. Most likely he sees himself in search of romantic love, but like most Sagittarian searches, they start in a flurry of enthusiasm but die just as quickly. His uncle encouraged him in pursuing serial affairs.

“Charles was given written advice on dating and the selection of a future consort from his father’s “Uncle Dickie”, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma: “In a case like yours, the man should sow his wild oats and have as many affairs as he can before settling down, but for a wife he should choose a suitable, attractive, and sweet-charactered girl before she has met anyone else she might fall for… It is disturbing for women to have experiences if they have to remain on a pedestal after marriage.”
Source: Wikipedia

Charles and Camilla synastry

Charles and Camilla synastry chart - Click to enlarge

But with Camilla things were different. Her Jupiter sits on top of his Sun in Scorpio. This has the effect on Charles of having warm sunshine directly on him when in her presence, and in Scorpio, this sunshine was sexually charged.
Camilla was the one itch of which he could not rid himself.

This must have alarmed the Queen, whose own father was forced take the throne under great scandal when his brother abdicated to “marry the woman I love,” twice-divorced Wallis Simpson. While the Duke and Duchess of Windsor lived the life of freewheeling socialites, her father and mother shouldered the burdens of a country embroiled in World War II. With a family history of someone other than the heir first in line taking the throne and a scandal with a married woman brewing, Charles was counseled it was time to settle down with a suitable girl.

So it was when in the summer of 1980, as Venus crossed over his planet of short-lived affairs (Uranus) and into home-loving Cancer, that not only Charles continued his affair with Camilla but met Diana Spencer and started to court her. Between you and me, I wouldn’t put it past a Sun Scorpio to start dating someone like Diana, the eminently “suitable girl” as a smokescreen for his other activities.

Charles & Diana synastry

Charles and Diana synastry chart - Click to enlarge

In any other situation, Diana might not have warranted a glance. She was thirteen years younger, a bright-eyed girl next to a man of Charles’ worldly years. In terms of synastry, the astrology that evaluates relationships, the chart connections are weak. Her Mercury does connect with his Uranus/Mars/Jupiter combo—which would spark Charles romantic interest—and her Moon in Aquarius sits in his eighth house of sex, so initially he would find her exciting. Lacking were strong connections for their Sun and Moon signs, and no planets in either’s seventh house. For the long term and the long haul, they had little in common.

If Charles was dating Diana to put his father and mother off the scent of his affair with Camilla, this ruse did not last long.

”At the beginning of 1981, Philip wrote to his eldest son, Charles, counselling him to make up his mind to either propose to Lady Diana Spencer, or break off their courtship. Charles felt pressured by his father to make a decision, and did so, proposing to Diana in February.”
Source: Wikipedia

The wedding of the century was a fairy tale concocted by the media. The marriage of the “most eligible bachelor in the world” to an unknown country-bred young woman sparked an interest that hadn’t been seen in previous Windsor marriages. The press worked overtime trying to find out everything they could about Diana Spencer, a commoner that would be queen. If “Shy Di” was initially put off by the overload of attention, she came to revel in it, as her social Moon in Aquarius found acceptance and love in the roar of the crowd. Seen as accessible and warm—where her husband was viewed as cold and distant—she made a hit with her easy manner and considerable charm. Charles had expected to marry a quiet compliant woman, but instead found his star eclipsed by one brighter than his own. This is said to be one reason for friction between the Prince and his wife, but it goes deeper than that.

Charles and Diana composite

Charles and Diana composite chart - Click to Enlarge

In one sense, Charles and Diana were meant to be together despite the lack of strong connections in their charts. We know this because their composite chart has what most Windsor royal marriages have, the destiny configuration known as the finger of God, the Yod, in their composite chart. But this Yod is configured in the signs of Libra, Leo and Pisces. This Yod expresses the need of the continuance of the royal line through marriage and the production of heirs to that line. Unfortunately for Charles and Diana, this particular Yod combination is the one that seems to be the most difficult for the house of Windsor to manage, infidelity being a predominant theme with this combination.
Diana challenged Charles. She only seemed to highlight his weaker points. Not only did Diana eclipse his royal role, Sun Cancers like Diana need a lot of emotional caretaking. But Charles was used to having other people take care of him. In a real sense, both were too immature for marriage: Diana by virtue of her age, and Charles by virtue of being much too coddled to assume a real adult role. Each apparently was unable to adapt to the emotional needs of the other, to make what 1950’s psychologists called the “adjustment” to marriage. Had both extended themselves, realized that real work was needed to accommodate the needs of the other, things might have been different and both would have grown as individuals. As it was, neither could, and Charles gravitated to the warmth and emotional light that Camilla Parker-Bowles provided. He might have considered with his family history and sense of privilege that he had a right to a “bit on the side.”
But with Diana (with her Aquarian moon) the dynamics of the Windsor women had changed. She would not demur to her husband; she would not acquiesce to any subordinate role within the marriage. She would not be a Windsor woman who fulfilled her marital and royal role while her husband slipped off to someone else’s bed. Unfortunately for the very formal family Windsor, Diana’s Sun was in Cancer, who in family matters can be the most dramatic of drama queens.

The rest for us is history. For the son of Charles and Diana, it is just not history but scarring family drama that plays into their son’s choice for his bride.

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Beth TurnageBeth Turnage is a professional astrologer with over twenty years experience counseling clients in career and relationship issues. She writes an astrology column for a weekly newspaper along the Connecticut shoreline and blogs about astrology at Astrology Media Press.

About Beth Turnage

Beth Turnage is a professional astrologer with over twenty years experience counseling clients in career and relationship issues. She writes an astrology column for a weekly newspaper along the Connecticut shoreline and blogs about astrology at Astrology Media Press.


  1. what an interesting read. this article really highlights the importance of synastry and how the elements/planets work between two charts. Camilla and Diana are both sun Cancers which technically is supposed to blend well with Scorpio but each relationship played out in two completely different ways. so interesting.

  2. @TheSagGirl–thanks!

  3. Hi Beth,

    If Prince William was born on the 21st of June wouldn’t that make him a Gemini
    instead of a Cancer.???

    Cheers Taurus.

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