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How Camilla captured the hearts of the public

“Warm-hearted with a wicked sense of humour” – this is how many royal commentators describe The Duchess of Cornwall who has now been married to Prince Charles for almost ten years. But despite the warm praise she receives from some, there is no doubt that Camilla is one of the most controversial members of The Royal Family in recent times.

Many blamed the 70-year-old for the inevitable marriage break-up between Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Some individuals even make such outlandish claims that Camilla was responsible for Diana’s death in 1997. The unjust controversy continued for years, especially when she married the heir to the throne in 2005. However, in 2014, people are at last starting to see and accept what a kind and generous person The Duchess really is, and with this, she is finally beginning to capture the heart of the nation.

Diana famously said in an interview before her death: “There were three of us in this marriage”. Camilla may well have played a small role at the end of the Charles & Diana’s break-up. Why? Because Charles has publicly said that Camilla had changed his world for the better. Neither Charles or Diana were happy together in the early nineties, which is why there was so much tension between them.

Also, Camilla is well received by her stepsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as Her Majesty The Queen who is often seen laughing and joking with Camilla when together. If anybody says that Charles & Diana were better together than Charles & Camilla, they are very wrong!

There are still many loyal Diana fans around who are not willing to accept The Duchess of Cornwall for who she is. To them, I say this: Camilla is the only married woman in the UK (not including peers or Dames) not to have taken up her husband’s rank upon marriage. Instead of becoming The Princess of Wales, she became The Duchess of Cornwall so as not to diminish the memory of the late Diana. She is clearly very sensitive to the public’s attitude towards her, and despite the public dislike, Camilla has continued to undertake engagements and

There is no denying that Charles & Camilla are extremely happy together.

There is no denying that Charles & Camilla are extremely happy together.

support Prince Charles in his role. People who have met Camilla have noted her kindness and compassion, much like any other prominent female royal. Today, people cannot deny that The Duchess fits into The Royal Family perfectly, and always tries to please as many people as she can. Camilla is often seen joining in at official engagements, whether it trying on oversized hats or graciously greeting young children and putting them at ease.

But what is it that finally made the public see the real Camilla and how has she finally got the people’s backing? No doubt one of the reasons we admire Camilla is because we can see how much she enjoys herself and gets involved at engagements. Recent examples include her trying on fancy dress costumes that local school children made for her, and putting on a show for photographers when she danced some ballroom steps with Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood. And who can forget the time, alongside her husband, The Duchess gracefully presented the weather forecast on a tour of the BBC? All of these photo opportunities and public engagements certainly are a contributing factor to the public’s affection towards The Duchess.

However, it is her genuine interest and compassion which is what I think makes her the perfect Royal. When a child asks her a question, she will always answer. When somebody is talking, she will listen. When you write a letter to her, she replies personally to as many people as she can. I am not going to deny, Camilla will never have the same public support and interest that Diana had. However, for frequent Royal followers and watchers, it is clear that The Duchess has her own identity and does not need to be compared to Diana.

Camilla's compassion and genuine interest makes her extremely good with children.

Camilla’s compassion and genuine interest make her extremely good with children.

Before 2005, The Duchess tried to keep a low profile, most probably hurt by the media’s witch-hunt against her. Her civil marriage to Prince Charles was also very low profile and, compared to Charles & Diana’s and William & Kate’s wedding, it is barely memorable. It was a mistake in my opinion that The Queen did not attend their wedding due to religious reasons – this was just another reason for the public to mindlessly insult Camilla and use her as a scapegoat for being the cause of Diana’s death.

Hopefully, because of the increased public support and fondness of Camilla, she will one day become the next Queen. However, whether she will or won’t is still surrounded by a cloud of uncertainty. Click here to read a previous article on Royal Central, written by our former Editor-in-Chief Martin, explaining why Camilla must become Queen. It is time to recognise that The Duchess not only has the legal right to be crowned with her husband but that it would be unreasonable if she were not.

Has Camilla captured your heart and backing? Let us know in the comment box below why.

Photo credits: UK in France, KennethMoyle and Catholic Church (England and Wales) via photopin cc

  • Kath Lamb

    I have always liked Camilla and no one more pleased than me and my hubby when they got married. We have met them several times and she is warm and friendly and you can see the love between them ,they are no1 in our book.

  • Peter

    I was distrustful of Camilla at first, having been brought up on tabloid media. I am happy to say that I have been completely proven wrong, and I now hold Camilla and Charles in the highest regard. They should absolutely be King and Queen.

  • Orchard 10

    The Princess of Wales has proved herself to be an asset to the Royal Family, and a steadfast and discreet support to her husband, [who is clearly a happier man for having her at his side.] The Queen, and the Wales ‘boys’ have clearly accepted her as well.
    She should ABSOLUTELY take her place as Queen Consort alongside her husband when he acceeds to the throne.

  • jonquil alexia

    I am so pleased to see Camilla where she should be. She & Charles are *so* much better suited. I find that Diana fell prey to hubris & so sealed her doom by her choices. While that is a pity, Camilla certainly never had anything to do with it.

  • Helen Thomas

    I was one who did not embrace Camilla, although I did not think she had anything to do with Diana’s death. Now seeing how happy Prince Charles is and the undoubted respect and, even, love the Princes have for her I hope Camilla will eventually become Queen to King Charles. I like her !

  • Gwynne Hoss

    Agree with all comments, she should be HRH The Princess of Wales and also should be queen consort when the time comes!

    • Holly

      Agree with you totally. Almost surprised there are no attack posts yet. Pleased there are not!

    • Ricky

      She already is HRH the Princess of Wales, even if she has chosen not to use that title for obvious reasons. She also has a number of other titles corresponding to those Prince Charles has, like Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick, etc. The title Duchess of Cornwall comes to her the same way, since her husband is the Duke of Cornwall.

  • Holly Wolfe

    She’s quite lovely, and seems psychologically sound, which poor Diana was not. She ran wild on the family estate and was not raised really at all. She was a lovely young woman who got a raw deal in life, but not from either Charles or Camilla, who deserve, just as any one deserves, to try to be happy. I believe Diana was much happier not married to Charles and that once out of that pressure cooker, the Royal Family, she was establishing herself and inhabiting a niche she truly enjoyed. It is very sad she did not live to see her grandson and how wonderful her sons are.

    • Karin Elise Fletcher

      Yes, Diana was not sound mentally and it’s sad that she did not get the help she needed. She and Charles should have never gotten married, it was doomed from the start. Camilla was a much better fit for Charles, both of them loving Horses, riding and liking the same things. They look happy together when out in public which could not be said for Charles and Diana.

      • Delyth

        Would you have been mentally sound if you knew your husband both before and after marriage had a mistress. Would you have taken it on the chin, I doubt it very much. Show me any woman that would.

  • Heather Cameron

    The Duchess has graciously held her head high and supported Prince Charles in a way Diana never did. She has carried out royal duties tirelessly and in the face of a lot of opposition. She has an incredible inner strength which has been evident from the time she and Prince Charles went public. The Prince is very fortunate to have someone of her calibre at his side.

  • Dominique

    Prince Charles is so much happier since he is with Camilla. They deserve to be king & queen together. I think Camilla is a fine addition to the royal family and if they have accepted her in their midst, which they obviously have, than who are we to reject her!

  • Jenny

    I think she has handled things very well and Charles certainly seems much happier. If you see film or photographs of Charles and Diana together it now becomes very obvious what a mismatch it was! The whole family seems to have blossomed with happiness in the last decade!

  • Elaine Nicklin

    I am so pleased that the general public are now accepting Camilla. I think she is a wonderful person and so good for our future King and the Royal Family in general. They look so happy together a joy to see.

  • Leo of London

    I wish them both well, and i too, think she has done well but as a British subject, i myself feel she should only take the role of princess consort and NOT Queen consort when Charles becomes King. Camilla was the reason that the couple never got together in the first place, they had been “dating” when both were single but when the Prince when off with the royal navy (March 1971 i think) She wanted to marry Andrew PB – and did so knowing the prince wanted to continent their relationship, Wherever way you cut it, Camilla was/is the reason they never got together in the 1970’s… I think the British public are happy that the Prince is happy but i dont think most people would be happy with her becoming Queen. I am more intrigued by the notion of camilla out living charles – would she then be know as the Queen dowager? Theirs no way she could be names Queen Mum

    • Ricky

      Polls taken since Prince Charles married Camilla have shown that while there was much hostility at that time, there has been increasingly more and more support for the Duchess of Cornwall being Queen when the time comes.

      When the Prince of Wales becomes His Majesty the King, his wife will automatically become Her Majesty the Queen. If Charles predeceases her after becoming King, her title would be Her Majesty Queen Camilla. If Charles was to die whilst still the Prince of Wales, she would be the Dowager Duchess of Cornwall.

      Technically she would be Queen Dowager if she was the widow of King Charles III, but I doubt if she’d use that title. She couldn’t have the title of Queen Mother unless she was the mother of the monarch.

      • Leo of London

        I am not sure She would automatically become Queen at all. my understanding of it is that, its up to the King as to what his wife should be called. i think for Camilla to be given the title Queen would not be in the best interest of the monarchy.

        • Ricky

          If it will be up to King Charles III to decide his wife’s title, there’s no reason to believe he would want it to be anything other than Queen Consort.

          He obviously loves her very much, and has stood by her for over forty years, despite all the many negative consequences their relationship has brought.

          I think he would want her to have the traditional title and full dignity a King’s wife has always had in the United Kingdom, and that’s Queen Consort.

  • Shirley Clark

    I was very much against both Charles and Camilla after Diana was killed. We all loved her, but life goes on! Camilla has done a good job and I have to admit I think she is genuine.
    The fact is Charles and Diana should never have been married, they made each other miserable! Camilla makes Charles happy and in the end that is what really matters, life is to short to be miserable!
    I wish her the best of luck in her very difficult job. Even though I loved Diana I am not sure she could have handled it as well!

  • Michael Steven Chavez

    HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is a lovely, gracious lady who works hard at both her own job as well as her job as wife. She is largely credited with getting HRH The Prince of Wales to loosen up a bit and enjoy life a little more. I understand she has a wicked sense of humor (which I love!) and that she easily convinces one of her friendship and goodwill. Her stepsons accept her and HM seems quite pleased with her, if the loan of royal tiaras is any indication. I truly hope she become Queen if her husband accedes, and I do wish her stepsons would come out and ask all to accept her and address her by her rightful style and title, HRH The Princess of Wales.

  • Jane Fleming

    For many many years people commented on my likeness to Camilla, so, on taking early retirement I took on work as a Camilla lookalike. (Please note that I have the greatest admiration for the Duchess and would never do anything disrespectful in my work). People who don’t know what I do often comment on my resemblance but so often qualify their comment with, ‘You poor thing”. Needless to say I follow the Duchess of Cornwall closely, with daily information and images being fed through social media. It is wonderful to witness the way that this once much maligned lady has taken on her role as Charles’ wife and entered into life as a Royal with the gruelling agenda that the family have to honour. If anyone deserves our thanks and recognition it is Camilla, whose charm, compassion and sense of humour rarely fail to win over the people, including those who so wrongly maligned her. She should undoubtedly become Queen Consort when Charles accedes to the throne. Without her he would return to being the unhappy, withdrawn man that we witnessed after his marriage to Diana. It must have taken Camilla enormous courage to enter the public arena, knowing how unpopular she had become in the eyes of Diana’s followers. I think we may well see a return to that hostility when the Queen dies but hope, that with time, she will be accepted and loved for the very warm and caring person that she clearly is.

  • Ricky

    Are you so virtuous that you feel you can look down on her?

  • sheilasu

    Had the Queen not interfered many, many years ago, Charles would have married Camilla and none of this controversy would have happened. I believe Camilla to be a kind person and the love shines between she and Charles.

    • Anne Williams

      Prince Charles COULD not MARRY a DIVORCEE as DEFENDER OF THE FAITH( The church of England)The Queen cannot change that!!

  • Frederick Baldwn

    She is the ONLY member of the Royal Family who actually signs letters in response to public mailings, just like Jackie Onassis

  • William

    I hope HRM Queen Elizabeth II WILL NOT allow Prince Charles & Camilla to become King & Queen, it should go to Prince William & Kate, for the future good of Great Britain!!! The Lord won’t allow me to say what I really think of (in memory of Diana) Prince Charles & C….

    • Ricky

      It isn’t up to Her Majesty to decide who succeeds her. The next monarch will be King Charles III.

    • Anne Williams

      Another worshipper of our late sainted Princess why do you not read what even those close to her had to say. The poor woman came from an unhappy home and had problems .Even heard someone even say , She was greater than Jesus !!. She was not the fairytale saint YOU have created at All .Wake up read what those who knew her best and were closest had to say.All of them who saw and experienced the treatment she doled out to those who had served her loyally.Yep, Wake up and smell the coffee, your heroine also had feet of clay!! How did she behave in the glare of the cameras , surely knowing how it would affect her children and what did many say as she cavorted in a bikini with Dodi Fayed on his luxury yacht in the Mediterranean??

    • Michael Steven Chavez

      Apparently you don’t know that the succession is governed by Parliament, under the Act of Succession. HM has no say as to who accedes after her.

  • Kathryn

    It has been said Camilla and Charles hand picked Diana for marriage. They thought her a child who would sit back, obey, and turn her silly little head while they went on with their affair. I for one, am sicken by these two. Charles and Camilla

    • Lorraine

      Actually it was the Queen Mother and Diana’s Grandmother who chose her for Charles, let the past go

    • Anne Williams

      How on earth would you know? Kathryn have you seen what has been said about the Queen Mother etc etc . As far as noted from all I saw the Prince was very attentive, gentle and helpful with the Princess when first married but she wanted it all her own way which the Prince’s close friends noticed . She made him give the dog he loved away and much else.She also did not want him to keep company with his old friends. Have you not read what they said??and also those who loved the Princess too. She was far from that silly little girl but a bulimic person needing 100% attention the Prince COULD not give in his position. Right from the start the public made it clear who they liked and even put up banners saying.” We want Diana., we DONT want Charles” How would you like that??. He was not brought up as she was at all but in a very reserved fashion as the Queen is, whom folk respect saying she has NOT put a foot wrong??So why is this? Diana’s grandmother did warn the Queen Mother though as she knew her grand daughter better so did her own brother who when folk thought she was VERY SHY replied said.”They DO NOT know my sister Diana.who was the girl who threw her step mother’s clothes down the STAIRS but later regretted it when she was shown kindness by her which her step mother had had not received who had cared and looked after her Father so well..

  • Speedy

    I think the saddest thing in their lives is that they weren’t permitted to marry when they were young. How much less unhappiness would there have been in both their and other’s lives.

    They can’t go back, but Charles and Camilla’s families accept the current situation and both do their duty to the nation. How good to see first love is last love.

    • Anne Williams

      Just who said they were not permitted to marry?? Sadly the Prince was in the Navy at the time so would have been away as Prince Andrew was too with the resulting consequences. Our present Queen had none of those problems and could.

      • Mark Gaszman

        well, that was still a time when a potential wife of the Prince of Wales had to be Suitable i.e. have the right pedigree. i don’t think a marriage was remotely on the radar for them at that time.

  • Mermom

    Camilla has been successful in her role; however, she was older than 19 when she
    married into the royal family and she is the mistress rather than the one being
    cheated on. Comparing Diana to Camilla is illogical. If Charles had been a faithful husband and
    taken more than just a passing interest, Diana would have been a different
    person in those early years.

  • Jose Elizabeth Allen Hawkins

    How sad that they didn’t marry to start with. She was suitable but protocol got in the way.

  • Ricky

    It looks to me like you’ve been reading the worst of the tabloid rags; maybe The Globe? These papers don’t know the facts about what they’re reporting on, so they supply their own.

    It’s well known that Prince Charles is quite serious about taking on his role as King when the time comes, and would never shirk his duty. He is eager to fulfill his destiny as sovereign, and he would absolutely never abdicate.

    Prince William would never “beg” Her Majesty “not to make him King” because she doesn’t decide who succeeds her. Even if The Queen wished otherwise, the Prince of Wales will be the next King, and that’s that.

    Or maybe these members of the Royal Family have taken you into their confidence about these personal matters. Do they ring you often, or were you listening in the corridors?

  • Ricky

    So you have examined all the receipts from her hair stylists and cosmeticians, as well as from the jewellers and clothing designers? Have you also seen the figures for the what the government pays to employ her security officers?

    It sounds like you have remarkable access to information the rest of us aren’t privy to. Perhaps you should consider writing a book; it would be more profitable sharing these confidential details through an online blog for free.

    But regardless of what you think of the Duchess of Cornwall, she didn’t choose the DNA in the genes that formed the physical features she was born with. Unless you have inside information about that, too.

  • Julie Norton

    I have never had any doubt that Prince Charles, should not have married Camilla. It is clear to see how happy they are. I think she is an asset to the royal family. If The prince’s William and Harry can accept her. And they clearly do, then the public must respect her too. I get fed up with the so called conspiracy theorists, trying to attribute Diana’s death to any member of the Royal family. It was an horrific accident. Marriages break down and couple’s move on. That is what happened here. I for one embrace both Charles and Camilla. Long may they be happy..

  • Dorrie M Galea

    They should have been married ages ago when they were both single. I do not know if the Constitution has been tweaked lately to accommodate the fact that she is a divorced woman with a living ex-husband.
    I did not know that they are only civilly married. I know it is binding and all but………

  • Ian Aldrich

    And exactly what papers would those be ?

  • Julian Bernadotte

    Nonchalance should not be mistaken as acceptance or being in people’s heart.

  • Michael Mason

    How spiteful – is it because you are unable to afford the same treatments? Or is it that they would not make that amount of difference if you did?

  • Ray Elks

    Having been introduced to the Duchess of Cornwall I can state that like most of the Royals I have meet she instantly puts you at ease and is totally interested in what you have to say.

  • Anne Williams

    So many found their fairytale Princess: . someone who bewitched all of her generation and others with her attractiveness and chumminess in contrast to a Prince who did not share their Pop world and thought deeply instead of the problems the world has. A little boy bullied at school who could not complain brought up to be what his parents and courtiers hoped he would be and who had not experienced the world his Princess had sampled. Two such disparate folk with such an age difference and such very different natures. likes and dislikes. He tried to please her all he could but was NOT the partner who could also give 100% privacy and attention, she craved and which her later beaus found also. The poor, young lady who took on such a difficult position admitted how naive she had been and that Princesses are not as she imagined them to have been. How much better off she would have been with man dedicated solely to her made so needy due to the sad break up of her parents. and her Prince with a mature woman who would be his companion and comfort in his difficult position. There was no fairytale and there was no Ogre either. Just two people who could not give each other what each of them deeply needed.All of this is what MANY of us go through and NOT in the glare of publicity amid cruelty and castigation and aired in front of the ENTIRE world by the machinations of those very DARK FORCES our Queen was aware of. Royals or not all of us suffering the stress and trauma of broken relationships need help and comfort NOT the very CRUEL treatment meted out to both Prince and Princess. I hope and wish that the Prince has found the companionship he yearned for and that the Princess had lived to find hers. Camilla is NOT a wicked witch , all who have known her well speak of her kindness, those who do not and still believe in the fairytale will never be convinced. May all who were concerned and suffered the consequences LIVE and be LOVED and HAPPILY EVER AFTER. They deserve it so much and not what most of the world dished out to them.

    • Ricky

      I liked what you wrote, and I agree with you. But it would’ve been easier to read if you broke it up into paragraphs. Keep posting.

  • Anne Williams

    So what do you think those expensive designer clothes, whole rooms full of them Diana wore COST.She took to Dodi as a duck to water mesmerised by his wealth too as her nickname given to her by her own sisters was ‘DUCHESS’

  • Anne Williams

    Some papers you read.Ms Schneider we Brits do not have access to. Just exactly what are they and where? .What a comedian and utter fantasist you are Ms Schneider.Are u hacking the Royal phones or have a spy at Buck house or have u taken up residence on Mars by any chance

  • Anne Williams

    Goodness me Verda Schneider , NO ER HAVE NOT ,, Not the papers u must read. struggling to keep afloat. Can u name any? Have seen this bilge on FB put there in desperation so we can see their ads. Perhaps those in Europe just to keep afloat too Some of those Spanish, French rags? or have u been hacking the Royal phones or mail or is Buck House BUGGED by your special security Co? Maybe you have a pal who does ?Lots of papers are in dire financial straits and just lurve to make such statements.They must have spies all over the Royal residences and their friends houses too.Are you by a Psychic and can read minds or is this just a big to get us to reply? You must have a very close pal at the Royal residences with very big lugholes Now calm down and sell the coffee and have a good look at what you see. Not what did we see when the wind blew up a certain person’s very short dress and the what world got a glimpse.of Thank heaven none of the others have been such martyrs to fashion and know how to dress when on social functions:Princess Anne, the older Duchesses and the very practical and well dressed, GRACIOUS,, Duchess of Essex ,a FIVE star lady and asset to Britain. We knew so well that mini dresses and others which have fuller skirts when one wears those awful thongs .YUK. do get WINDBLOWN especially when climbing up steps onto PLANES and on airfields and that the Royals and wives of Heads of State, Lady Premiers CANNOT be slaves to fashion.

  • Richie Hayward-Keen

    The Duchess has always carried herself with dignity, she has never criticised any other members of the royal family or anyone for that matter in press or interviews. I think the lady has a lot of class. I hope Camilla becomes Queen when the time comes she will be a real asset. A truly lovely, compassionate woman who loves her husband and extended family.

  • Roger

    The Duchess Camilla may have the best heart we can imagine but the look, the charm, the charisma of lady Diana that used to have in front of her public is sculpted deeply in their minds.

  • PaolaCantadore

    Hallo, I can clearly recall Queen Elisabeth the II attending the marriage of TRH Charles and Camilla. And “toda comparaciòn es odiosa” . Regards, Paola Cantadore.

    • Ricky

      The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh didn’t attend Charles and Camilla’s wedding, but they were present at a ceremony of blessing that followed it.

  • Elizabeth Ann Brundell Evers

    She is the love of Charles life, the system denied them their happiness for far to long.

  • Johanna

    If Camilla is as “grounded”/”earthly”/”mentaly stabil” and so on as you all proclaim – why should it matte at all to her if she is the “king’s concort” like Prince Philip has been the “queen’s concort” for all those Years?! To have hade a relationship with a married man says something about a persons moral and I for one think that it is easy to show good morals in the easy times, it is when the times are hard when your true colors show – and that is where bott camilla and Charles have shown what they are made of. Oldfashioned? Maybe, or maybe I just feel that if we all start thinking “oh it doesn’t matter who does what – we all make mistakes” and do not adjust surcumstances Because of those mistakes, then how can vi ever learn or set a standard? Is adultry wrong? If so, will it become “ok” from the moment someone says Sorry? If that were true – why do we have a legal system? Why must one who has beaten someone pay his/her victim for loss of income etc? Because we think that “sorry” isn’t enough. We should formgiven, for our own sake, But in the case of camilla ; let her be “Prince concort” and let that be high enough of an honour. Hopefully we don’t have to worry about either of the cornwalls to come to the throne.. Love love love the other members of the royal family though! And yes, Camilla and Charles seem to do much good and that is all well 🙂

    • Johanna

      Oh my, I’m sorry for the misspellings here and there – my smartphone isn’t that smart all of the time 😉

    • Ricky

      “Consort” is almost always a role, and seldom a title. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, was the only person I know of who was both.

      The spouse of any monarch, whether male or female, has the role of consort, and when the Prince of Wales becomes King Charles III, the Duchess of Cornwall will be his consort. I doubt she’ll be given the formal title of “Princess Consort,” instead of “Her Majesty the Queen” when the time comes.

      Neither the position nor the title is predicated on that person’s behaviour, and it’s not subject to judgement by the public.

  • Johanna

    Well said “OKpicker”!

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