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The Duchess of Cornwall was once fired from a previous job for coming in late to work

A new book has revealed that The Duchess of Cornwall was once fired from a previous job for turning up to work late.

The book claims that Camilla Shand (as she was known then) worked for a interior decorating firm, Colefax and Fowler in Mayfair during the mid 1960s.

However, her career was short lived as her employment was terminated after the future royal turned up for work late.

The previously unknown news was bought into the public sphere by Imogen Taylor, who also worked at the firm.

Ms Taylor, who is now 90-years-old, remembers that Camilla’s boss was a no nonsense man.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Ms Taylor said: “There were lots of debutantes working for us, even Camilla.

“She worked for us for a moment but got the sack.”

In the new book ‘On The Fringe – A Life In Decorating’, Taylor writes about Camilla’s boss at the time who was somewhat difficult to work under.

She writes: “He would shout and bellow so the whole building heard every word.”

“The Duchess of Cornwall was one assistant who fell victim to one of (Parr’s) tantrums.

“I think she came in late having been to a dance.”

The Duchess of Cornwall has many jobs in her younger years, including secretarial roles.

Her childhood and early years were very grand and regal though, according to her biographer, Giles Brandreth.

He writes: “Camilla is often described as having had an ‘Enid Blyton sort of Childhood.’ In fact, it was much grander than that

‘The Shands had position and they had help – help in the house, help in the garden, help with children.”

  • Elizabeth Pease

    Mr. Parr was right in his assessment of Ms. Shand at the time, in my opinion.

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