Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: Quotes
Camilla Parker Bowles
I like Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. She seems to be so to earth and real. I’m pretty sure that I’d love to have a cup of tea and a chat with her.(Well, a gin and tonic,that would probably be more like it. See below).
It also seems to me that Prince Charles has been an altogether happier and jollier man since they married. Is it just me?
Camilla is a grandmother, she’d rather be wearing jeans and an old sweater than dressed up like a fashion model. And she doesn’t have a model figure, just a ‘comfortable’ one. (Great legs though).
She seems to be friendly and interested in everyone she meets. She likes a good laugh too which is probably why Prince Charles seems to have rediscovered his own sense of humour in recent years.
In order to demonstrate more about why I like this lady, I have chosen three of her quotes which, to me, show the sort of person she is. The first one cracks me up every time.
To Charles, Prince of Wales
This is what Camilla reputedly said to Charles when they first met. And it’s true. See the family tree graphic below.
When Camilla came out with this now-famous sentence, it was in about 1970. We girls were like that, in those days. (They seem to be a lot more reticent these days).
Charles was obviously taken by her remark as they embarked upon a relationship.
Why did Charles and Camilla break up their first relationship?
There are several theories and the only people who really know are the couple themselves. But here are the theories that have been put forward:
- Charles’ great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten was known to have a plan regarding Charles’ marriage. He wanted the prince to marry his granddaughter, Amanda. Because of his status, it is suggested, he arranged for Charles to be sent overseas with the military in order to let the relationship with Camilla fizzle out
- He may have had an ally in Charles’ grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. She too thought she knew a young girl who would be the idea bride for her grandson. Interestingly, that girl could possibly have been one of Diana Spencer’s older sisters.
- It’s thought that Charles had decided that he didn't want to marry until he was at least thirty years of age. Camilla is more than a year older than Charles and may have thought that she wasn't going to wait so long before getting married. (Charles turned thirty in November 1978)
- Another possibility is that Camilla simply didn't want to marry the heir to the throne. This is not necessarily a reflection of her feelings for him; Camilla, unlike Diana in later years, knew exactly what to expect from royal life and wasn’t prepared to waste her youth when she could have more freedom.
Camilla and Charles probably both knew that she wouldn’t be acceptable as his wife by ‘the establishment’. Although this was the free-and-easy seventies, certain traditions still existed when it came to the wife of the heir to the throne. Since she was in her late teens she had been living in a London apartment with other girls and had an ‘active social life’.
After meeting Prince William
It’s more than likely that Camilla had met both the younger princes on several occasions but in 1998, she was introduced to him specifically as his father’s new partner.
In all probability this was around about the time that the couple started living together.
Camilla and Prince William chatted, it’s thought, for about an hour over afternoon tea. The meeting went well and as we know, both the young princes adore their stepmother.
Nevertheless, it’s hardly surprising that Camilla needed a gin and tonic after that momentous meeting. I’d have wanted the entire bottle, I think.
A couple of days later, William and Camilla lunched together and met several times more for afternoon tea.
Shortly afterwards, Prince Charles was apparently moved to tears when his two sons arranged a surprise birthday party for him. This in itself was a confirmation of their feelings for their father but the ultimate touch was the seating arrangement - decided by the boys.
They had seated Camilla next to their father. This was their unspoken confirmation of their acceptance of Camilla as Charles’ life partner.
After all the hysteria surrounding Princess Diana, my own opinion is that both Charles and Camilla have done a wonderful job to now be so genuinely well-liked by the British public. People recognise that Charles is happier than ever before. Everyone who meets Camilla says how wonderfully warm and genuine she is.
Today, we often see her chatting in a friendly way with not only the public but also with members of the royal family.
Camilla speaks out about osteoporosis
Camilla isn't the patron of charities because ‘it’s something she ought to do’. She genuinely cares about the charities she is involved in.
There are many but I suspect that the one dearest to her heart is the National Osteoporosis Society.
Her mother and her grandmother both died - painfully - from this misunderstood disease.
Often, all people know about osteoporosis is that it affects older women, it simply means that they have brittle bones and it causes ‘the dowager’s hump’.
It is this attitude that the Duchess of Cornwall wants to change.
Osteoporosis can affect both men and women of any age. Far from meaning simply that sufferers have brittle bones, this is a debilitating disease that can kill.
The skeleton crumbles away. See the illustration.
Diana, Princess of Wales
No-one would deny that the fact that Diana died so young was so very tragic, especially for her sons. And her sons, those wonderful young men, are her legacy.
However, it was clear from the earliest days that she and Charles were not suited as marriage partners.
Camilla chose not to use the title of Princess of Wales because of its association with Diana, even though this is now her legal title. I’d like to draw your attention to the video below - these two people are in love.
If you’re not able to watch the video because of bandwidth issues, see stills from the movie clip on the right.
Why didn't the queen attend the wedding?
Because I’m British and living in the States, I’m sometimes asked this. Some people interpret this as meaning that the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh disapproved of the match. This is far from the case.
And it’s not strictly true to say that the queen didn’t attend.
As the head of the Church of England, an institution which doesn’t allow the marriage of divorced people in church, the queen could not be seen attending the civil service.
But she and the Duke of Edinburgh did attend the church blessing. Furthermore, they hosted the wedding reception at Windsor Castle.
Diana's son, Harry, is quoted in the book below speaking about Camilla on behalf of himself and Prince William "We love her to bits".
In the seventies, Camilla had a rival for the prince’s affections. Camilla had one huge advantage over both her rival, Dale Tryon, and over Diana. She was discreet.
Neither Dale or Diana understood what Camilla did, the royal insistence on avoiding the media. Both Diana and Dale broke this unwritten rule. Dale tried to exploit her relationship with Prince Charles and this was her downfall.
Her story is a tragic one.
We all know what the newspapers are like.For the last thirty years or so their powers have increased dramatically and they are able to whip up the public into a frenzy - often with completely erroneous 'information'.
Giles Brandreth is a respected and well-known author who mixes in royal and aristocratic circles.
Part of the reason he wrote this fascinating book was to correct the garbage written by the press. Highly recommended.
Incidentally, the author asked Camilla, during the preparation of this book, if her famous quote about Alice Keppel and Edward VII was truly what she had said.
Camilla laughed. That's all.
© 2014 Jackie Jackson