'I was very lucky' Duchess of Cornwall opens up about her father in very personal essay on topic close to her heart

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The Duchess of Cornwall has opened up about her father in a personal essay. The royal opened up on how she would spend time with her father when she was younger.

  • Duchess Camilla has opened up about her father in a personal essay, saying that she was 'very lucky'.
  • The royal opened up on how she would spend time with her father when she was younger, revealing that he used to read to her and 'bring books alive'.
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Duchess Camilla has opened up about her father in a sweet personal essay.

The royal opened up about her love for books in a piece that she wrote for the Sun.

Revealing that her father inspired her love for books as he used to read to her when she was younger, Duchess Camilla wrote, 'I was very lucky to have a father who read to us when we were children.

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'And he didn’t just read books — he brought them alive. We couldn’t wait for the next chapter.

'So my love of reading started early and has stayed with me all my life,' she continued.

'And, looking back, that was one of the greatest gifts my father could have given me'.

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The Duchess opened up on her background as she spoke out in support of the publication's Books for Schools campaign that is supported by the National Literacy Trust, of which the royal has been a patron for the last ten years.

'I have been patron of the National Literacy Trust since 2010 because I wanted to help them in their mission to improve the reading and writing skills of children all over the country,' explained Camilla.

'What’s more, their projects are full of imagination and enthusiasm'.

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'We all know how important reading is for our children,' the Duchess went on.

'Sadly, there are many children who have not yet been given the chance to discover the magic of reading, or set foot in the worlds you can discover on bookshelves.

'Finding the right book can be the key,' she continued. 'It might be opening the door of the wardrobe into Narnia, training an owl with Harry Potter or plotting to steal the Crown Jewels with Gangsta Granny.

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'Or it could be a factual book about computer coding, climate change or cookery that catches their fancy and ends up sparking an obsession that lasts for a lifetime,' added the Duchess.

'From my own experience, I know how important reading together can be for parents and children'.

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