By Emma Shacklock published
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall may have been happily married to Prince Charles since 2005, but some sources suggest that the Royal Family weren’t always eager to support their romance.
- Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, married Prince Charles in 2005, though it's been suggested by some that certain Royal Family members weren't quick to support the relationship.
- Since her marriage, Duchess Camilla has become an important senior member of the Royal Family.
- In other royal news, the Royal Family's secret code words have been revealed.
In The Crown Season 4, the hit Netflix drama focuses even closer to home for our Royal Family. This latest season depicts an ‘affair’ between Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, occurring throughout his marriage to Princess Diana.
Since Season 4 of The Crown was released, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have received comments from online trolls, many understood to be in response to this storyline. As a result, the couple were forced to turn off comments on their recent posts on their Clarence House official Twitter account.
But exactly how did the Royal Family react to Camilla before she became Duchess of Cornwall?
Why might the Royal Family have thought Camilla wasn’t “suitable”?
Whilst Prince Charles’ feelings towards Camilla Shand, later Camilla Parker Bowles, might be seen as having been clear, it’s been suggested by some that Camilla was seen as perhaps a little too ‘experienced’.
According to Marie Claire, Prince Charles' uncle, Lord Mountbatten, apparently wrote in a letter to his nephew: "I think it is disturbing for women to have experiences if they have to remain on a pedestal after marriage". He ironically reportedly encouraged his great-nephew Charles to sow wild oats.
At this point in time, Camilla Shand had allegedly dated several men and was on and off with her future husband Andrew Parker Bowles.
She could perhaps have been seen by the palace and the Royal Family as ‘experienced’.
Marie Claire reports that “Camilla was also seen as "earthy," which could mean "wholesome," or more likely could just be a synonym for "common"."
Unlike Princess Diana, who was the daughter of an earl, Camilla wasn’t from a titled family. It could be that a combination of these factors may have influenced the Royal Family into thinking that Camilla might not be the best choice of wife for the heir to the throne.
How did the Queen feel towards Camilla?
Prince Charles went on to marry Lady Diana Spencer and together they had two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Meanwhile, Camilla Shand married Andrew Parker Bowles and had two children. However, as reported by Marie Claire, Prince Charles’ mother, the Queen, allegedly wanted Camilla “gone”. This was supposedly after the two were still seeing each other after both of their respective divorces.
According to ET Canada, British investigative journalist Tom Bower revealed how Charles confronted his mother about welcoming Camilla into the royal family the summer following Princess Diana’s death.
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Bower’s book, Rebel Prince: The Power and Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, reportedly claims that the Queen dubbed Camilla “that wicked woman” saying, “I want nothing to do with her.”
Despite this, Express.co.uk has claimed that Prince Charles insisted “Camilla was a 'non-negotiable' part of his life”.
When did Prince Charles and Camilla marry?
In 1999, two years after Princess Diana's tragic death, Prince Charles and Camilla began appearing in public together. The couple finally married in 2005, after receiving the Queen’s blessing and Camilla has been referred to as the Duchess of Cornwall from then on.
Since their marriage, Duchess Camilla has been accepted by the Royal Family.
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Whilst the public have praised the Duchess’ efforts, especially during the recent pandemic. She has been seen as one of the foremost senior royals carrying out important engagements during this challenging time.
Last week it was also revealed that Duchess Camilla is launching her own Reading Room.
This will encourage book fans to discover new reads, and connect with literary communities across the globe. This exciting new book club will release its Winter Season titles on 15th January.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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