Prince Charles' ‘complaint’ to Duchess Camilla revealed by lipreader as he stepped in for the Queen

Prince Charles reportedly made a ‘complaint’ as he arrived for the State Opening of Parliament to deliver the Queen’s Speech…

Prince Charles' "complaint" revealed by lipreader, seen here with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall departing after the State Opening of Parliament
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Prince Charles reportedly made a “complaint” to Duchess Camilla as he prepared to undertake one major engagement for the first time on behalf of the Queen.


After much speculation from fans and commentators alike over whether Prince Charles as the eldest of the Queen’s children and first in the royal line of succession might step in to attend the State Opening Parliament 2022, the future King did just that. Accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William, Prince Charles replaced the Queen for his important duty, he delivered the Queen’s Speech outlining the government’s agenda for the coming session. 

This marked not only the first time he’d done so but the first time in 59 years since Her Majesty last missed it. This has left some people wondering when the Queen was last seen in public and also why Kate Middleton didn’t join Prince William

Whilst another intriguing aspect of the day has now been revealed by a lip reader who has claimed Prince Charles made a “complaint” as he arrived for the engagement. 

Opening up to The Mirror, Jeremy Freeman, an expert in lip reading, analyzed the moment Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla appeared to briefly talk before entering the Houses of Parliament. And according to him, the Prince of Wales apparently wasn’t quite as comfortable as he’d hoped on the journey there.

He has alleged that when the couple got out of their car, Prince Charles said to the Duchess of Cornwall, “Oh my word that was uncomfortable”.   

Soon afterwards the Prince of Wales appeared to be gesturing to which side Duchess Camilla should stand as he reportedly said, “Your side”. 

He also reportedly asked one of the officers lining the route to the throne room, "I hope you're well”, to which the officer later supposedly replied, "Well, yes I'm trying."

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall depart from the Sovereign's Entrance after attending the State Opening of Parliament

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But though Prince Charles might not have found the journey to the House of Parliament quite that comfortable if he did indeed make that complaint, he soon threw himself into this important engagement. He didn’t sit on the sovereign’s throne but on the consort’s throne, which was once occupied by his late father Prince Philip.

Last year the State Opening of Parliament was the first major public engagement Her Majesty undertook since the mourning period for Prince Philip ended. The Queen was supported by Prince Charles then, though the consort’s throne was removed, and instead she and Duchess Camilla were seated on thrones of state nearby. 

Queen Elizabeth II in the House of Lord's Chamber with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

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The decision for Prince Charles to step in this year is a reflection not only of his support for the Queen but of their own roles as monarch and heir to the throne. 

It comes ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebrations in June which marks a major moment in the Queen’s Jubilee history and is expected to see the monarch and Prince of Wales appearing at a selection of the major events.

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.