Camilla Parker Bowles is known as the woman who came between Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. But there are some many things the 71-year-old Duchess is other than that. Keep reading to find out lovely things about this woman.
- Laid-Back Lifestyle
- Gardening At Home
- She Loves To Talk
- Not A Fan Of Traveling
- Angela Merkel And Duchess Of Cornwall Share Birthday
- Chanel Shoes
- Famous Relatives
- Camilla Didn’t Break Up Charles And Diana’s Marriage
- Charles Is Godfather To Camilla’s Son
- Death Of Her Brother
- Camilla Was Sick At Her Wedding
- It Is Very Likely That Camilla Won’t Be Queen
- People Find Her Likeable
British people find the Duchess of Cornwall as a country girl, because of her natural and sincere behavior. She might come from an upper-class family, but she is very down-to-earth. In The Daily Mail interview, she said: „I have so many friends who, if I ever even vaguely look like getting uppity, which touch wood I never have, they would just say, ‘Look, come on, pull yourself together! Don’t be so bloody grand!’“
Gardening At Home
„I’d be out in my garden all day, every day if I were allowed. I love to get my hands dirty“: the Duchess said during the charity Floral Angels event. It has been reported that she loves outdoor activities including riding, hunting, and gardening.
She Loves To Talk
Camilla seems to naturally get in a spotlight because of her outgoing personality. Her manners and the way she talks to people are recognized. She said: „I remember once there was a dinner party at home with some of the most boring neighbors in the world and we were dragged down to join them for dinner. [My mother would] sit us down at the dinner table, and the minute there was silence, she used to say, ‘Talk! I don’t care what you talk about, talk about your budgie [parakeet] or your pony but keep the conversation going.’ And so I’ve never been able not to talk. It’s in the psyche, not to leave a silence.“
On some occasions she was unable to hold herself from giggling or even laughing. „You’ve got to laugh through most things, and sometimes I do laugh a bit too much. There are situations where it’s very difficult not to lose it completely, especially, you know, if something goes terribly wrong and everybody sits there for a split-second [not sure how to react]. You do have to swallow and pinch yourself very hard to not laugh“: the Duchess told The Daily Mail.
Not A Fan Of Traveling
Camilla has a fear of flying, so it keeps her from traveling to many locations. She did fly a few times thanks to using a EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), a tapping method to help her cope with her phobia.
Since 2005, Camilla has been wearing the classic Chanel cream pumps with black toes and with the double „C“ logo. These shoes are no longer available for purchase. The rumor has it that the double „C“ logo reminiscent of „Charles and Camilla“ and that was the reason the late Princess Diana never wore much Chanel.
Camilla has been linked with singers Madonna and Celine Dion via genealogical research, making them related. Ancestry.com claims that Camilla and Charles are also geneticly connected, with them being ninth cousins once removed, because they are both descended from second Duke of Newcastle, Henry Cavendish. There were also rumors that Camilla’s grandmother was the Kings’s child which would make Charles and Camilla half-second cousins once removed.
Charles met Camilla before he ever met Diana. But soon after that he went on a tour of duty with the Royal Navy, and didn’t ask her to wait for him, so she married Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles. Some souces claim Camilla’s father forced them into marriage. Jane Churchill, Camilla’s friend told Vanity Fair: „Everything in life is timing, and so often time deals you the wrong hand.“
Camilla Didn’t Break Up Charles And Diana’s Marriage
After so many years, now seems to be clear that Charles and Diana were mismatched. Prince Philip reportedly pressuared Charles into marrying Diana. It was even clear from his response to a question whether Diana and he are in love, when he answered with: „Whatever ‘in love’ means.“ In some other interview he was asked about being faithful to Diana, and his response was: „Yes, until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.“
Charles Is Godfather To Camilla’s Son
Prince Charles was asked to be godfather to Camilla and Andrew’s first child, Tom, and he accepted. But he is now also his stepfather, since he married Camilla. He is stepfather to Camilla’s daughter Laura too. Charles and Camilla’s happiness is all they children care about, and they all also deeply care about their stepparents. Prince and Duchess have five grandchildren from her first marriage, and three from his, but we are sure there will be more.
Death Of Her Brother
In 2014, at the age of 62, Mark Shand, Camilla’s brother, died tragically. This travel writer hit his head outside of a charity event in New York City. Camilla also lost her parents. In 1994 her mother, Rosalind Shand, died of osteoporosis, and 12 years later, in 2006, Major Bruce Shand, Camilla’s father died too.
Camilla Was Sick At Her Wedding
On 9th April, 2005, Camilla and Charles married in a civil ceremony, which Queen Elizabeth II didn’t attend. It was been reported that Camilla was very sick that day, that she could barely move. The Queen did attend the reception where she said: „They have overcome Becher’s Brook and The Chair and all kinds of other terrible obstacles. They have come through, and I’m very proud and wish them well. My son is home and dry with the woman he loves.“
It Is Very Likely That Camilla Won’t Be Queen
„She has given Charles belief in himself that he’s never had before, and that has made him much more likable and therefore much more popular. The public wants to engage with him again. And she has made that happen“, Penny Junor’s book titled The Duchess explained why Prince Charles won’t step aside and pass the throne to his son Prince William. When Charles and Camilla got married, the official word was that she would never become a queen, but will be referred as Princess Consort upon Charles’ ascension to the throne. Yet the statement was removed from official website, making people believe that she might become the queen after all.
People Find Her Likeable
Roya Nikkah, the royal correspondent, told NBC News: „I think the way Camilla has turned public perception is honestly by appearing a very normal person, which she is.“ Even with a rocky start, Camilla has proven herself as a worthy royal member and people really like her.