Carlos is the first child and eldest son of Carel Hugo of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Ireneof the Netherlands. He is in Netherlands according to the law, his Royal Highness Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme, but in everyday use, he is commonly referred to as Prince Carlos called in Netherlands.
Carlos spent his youth in France, Netherlands, Spain, England and the United States. He was eleven years old when his parents divorced. He then spent some time by, among other things, on his grandparentssoestdijk Palace at Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard.
Carlos studied political sciences at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and demography and philosophy at the University of Cambridge. After this, he began his career at ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, where he is mainly involved in preparation for the adoption of the euro. The Bourbon has a time in Brussels worked as a public affairs consultant at EPPA (European Public Policy Advisors). He Later projects at the interface of sustainability and business. Carlos is Chairman of the Netherlands Foundation gets new energy.
Carlos occasionally performs representative tasks. So he was in 2003 with the installation of the Prince Claus Chair, along with Queen Beatrix and Princess Máxima. At special events in the Royal family , he is regularly present. He was one of the members of the staff at the wedding of his cousin bridal Prince Constantijn in 2001. He lives with his family at the ceremonies annually in Parma and Piacenza.
Carlos has a son, born on 20 January 1997 in Nijmegen, from a relationship with Brigitte Klynstra. Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra, the child, was not recognized by his father. In a statement shortly after birth via a spokesman, Carlos reported that he was the "independent decision of Brigitte Klynstra to mother to want to be" respected, but that it was excluded that there is a relationship governed by family law would come between him and the newborn. The father is not mentioned In the birth certificate.
In October 2009 the engagement of Carlos with Anne marie Gandy, as a journalist working for the NIS and daughter of the Dutch politician Hans Gandy.  The civil marriage took place on June 12, 2010 in small circle place; the religious wedding would take place in Brussels in August in the first instance, where the parents of the bride live. The ecclesiastical consecration took place on november 20, 2010 in the Chambre Abbey at Brussels, after delay due to illness and death of the father of the groom.  From the Carlist tradition can the marriage with the non-noble Gandy are seen as Morgan.
Prince Carlos and Princess Anne marie have two children:
- Luisa Irene Constance Anna Maria (9 may 2012)
- Cecilia Maria Johanna Beatrix (17 October 2013)
After the death of his father Carlos carries since 18 August 2010 the Netherlands not recognized in title of Duke of Parma and he is the head of the House of Bourbon-Parma. On 28 August of that year he was, during the solemn requiem mass that in memory of his father was held at the Santa Maria della Steccata in Parma, installed as Grand Master of the Constantinian order of Saint George, the Parmesan branch of the sacred military Constantinian order of Saint George. 
The Chief of the House of Bourbon-Parma is also Grand Master of the other orders of this dynasty.
- The order of Saint Louis for Civil Merit (Real Ordine del Merito sotto il titolo di San Lodovico)
- The order of the Legitimate Banishment (Orden de la Legitimidad Proscrita)
- The order of St. George for military merit (Ordine al merito militare di San Giorgio di Lucca).
After the death of his father Prince Carlos is considered by some to be Carlist pretender Carlos Javier I of Spain or as King. After Hugo Carlos in 1979 had taken away from carlism and his claim to the Spanish throne, he returned back in 2003. After 1936 he regarded himself as Carlist Pretender (the third) from the House of Bourbon-Parma, after his grandfather Xavier (Francesco Saverio I) and father Carlos Hugo i.
|Predecessor:||Later the first Carlist pretender