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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: Quotes

Updated on November 20, 2015
Alice Keppel and the Prince of Wales
Alice Keppel and the Prince of Wales | Source

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’.

Descendants of Alice Keppel and the descendants of Edward VII
Descendants of Alice Keppel and the descendants of Edward VII | Source

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

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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.

You can find out more and donate, if you wish, here.

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".

Kanga, Prince Charles' forgotten mistress.
Kanga, Prince Charles' forgotten mistress. | Source

Related article

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.

Read all about Dale, known as Kanga, here.

Further reading

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


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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Randall - thanks so much - I really appreciate it.

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      Randall Guinn 

      4 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      You're quite welcome. His sister still lives in England. I think he said that she is an editor for Parliament. I gave him instructions on how to follow your hubs.

      Best wishes,


    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Randall Guinn - thanks so much for forwarding it. I have loads more British and royal articles for him to enjoy:)

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      Randall Guinn 

      4 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      I have a British friend here in St. Pete, I'm going to send him a link to this hub. I think that he will enjoy it.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Randall Guinn - good to meet you too!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DreamerMeg - isn't it? They certainly seem to be very happy together.

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      Randall Guinn 

      4 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      Nice to meet you britflorida. I enjoyed reading your hub. I always wanted to know the rest of the story.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Randall Guinn - good to meet another Floridian!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @favored - the funny thing is that not many people do know, which is a shame. She really seems to be reuniting the family a lot. I love the fact that she is so outspoken about osteoporosis too. She wants to make a difference in the world.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci - it's something that people in other countries rarely see, that closeness between the two of them. They genuinely seem to enjoy each other's company and look so happy together. He's a much happier person now.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @klidstone1970 - very true. And now we have another royal baby on the way (another grandchild for Charles) which will hopefully bring even more pleasure to the family.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CatherineGiordano - thankyou! I suspect that very few people know a great deal about the relationship - and the way the rest of the family feel about it.

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      4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      So many unhappy marriages, it's good to see them together now.

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      Randall Guinn 

      4 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      Interesting, quite a bit that I didn't know.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @bravewarrior - thank you so much! Yes, Charles was born in 1948 and unlike some people we see on TV, it's unlikely that he's had any work done :)

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Reading this I was not aware that the Queen gave her blessings on this wedding or that the sons were not upset by it.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Fascinating! Not the impression I had of Camilla at all. I'm very glad for the boys that they like her, and love seeing the pix of her laughing with Charles. He isn't just smiling, he is laughing so hard! They clearly have a close connection. Thanks for correcting my image of both of them!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 

      4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      It's nice to see them all happy. They've all had a terrible time of it.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      4 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You give me such a great view of the royals. As an American, I know very little. You write in a charming way and your art work is wonderful.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, I didn't realize so much time has gone by since Diana's death. Charles looks old! But then, so do I. LOL

      Camilla sounds like a wonderful, down home girl, if that's possible in royal circles.

      Great hub, Jackie. I learn so much about royalty from you.


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