Newlywed Prince Charles (search) nearly got stranded at the altar after a nervous and stressed-out Camilla Parker Bowles (search) climbed into bed — and didn't want to get out, it was revealed last night.
Royal aides feared Saturday's jinxed wedding might have to be postponed for a second time after Camilla became ill from all the stress, London's People newspaper reported.
"All the pressure and criticism just became too much for Camilla before the wedding," a senior royal source told the paper.
"She was confined to bed at Clarence House from Thursday afternoon, and it seemed like she was going into meltdown.
"She was looked at by doctors who diagnosed a stress-related illness. She was panicky, completely drained of energy and just wanted to sleep."
But the source added that Camilla, once nicknamed "the Rottweiler" by Princess Diana, overcame it in the end "because of her incredible inner steel and determination," vowing "I will not be beaten by this."
Meanwhile, the couple, wed in a civil ceremony, emerged from their Balmoral estate in Scotland yesterday to attend a small church service with 200 villagers in their first public appearance since beginning their honeymoon.
Charles, in a tartan kilt, drove a silver Audi to the Crathie Parish Church and the couple waved to dozens of well-wishers as they parked at the side of the chapel and entered.
His bride, in a matching fuchsia hat and coat, smiled as residents cheered and snapped photos.
"She is a remarkable lady," Charles about Camilla to one well-wisher.
The couple are expected to honeymoon on the estate for about 10 days. The wedding had to be postponed one day after the Pope's funeral was set for Friday and Charles was ordered by Queen Elizabeth to attend.
The ceremony was followed by a private party in which the queen toasted the newlyweds.
"It was so obvious how happy they were, that just radiated from the whole room," said comic Joan Rivers, who attended.