The story of Camila Parker Bowles It has passed like a fairy tale in reverse. The wicked witch, the perfidious stepmother, is about to sit on the throne with a prince happy to have her by her side. To the 75 years The Duchess of Cornwall prepares to play the role of Queen consort, after one of the most spectacular image washes in memory. “If the Queen is the grandmother of the nation, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is the favorite aunt,” declared this week the ‘Daily Mail’, the same newspaper, which like many others, vilified her in the past.
His birthday has been another opportunity to reinforce the public image of someone who has lived, “an incredible transformation, from a housewife, to a central role in the most famous family on the planet,” as proclaimed in documentary film of more than an hour that the ITV television network has dedicated to it, supposedly, to discover “the real Camila behind all the pomp and circumstance”.
“If the Queen is the nation’s grandmother, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is the favorite aunt,” declared the ‘Daily Mail’ this week.
Cameras have filmed the Duchess as she prepared the latest issue of ‘Country Life’, which has been edited in the past by other royals, including Prince Charles on two occasions. The magazine defines itself as “quintessentially English” and for 125 years has been the go-to publication for the landed aristocracy with Downton Abbey-style mansions, stables for beautiful horses and the quintessential venue for fox-hunting parties. That bucolic rural existence was Camila’s in her childhood, in Hall Place in Hampshire, her grandparents’ house, and on her parents’ estate in East Sussex.
“I’ve grown up there. I have spent my life in the country. It’s something inherent in meí”, he declares while visiting a country fair petting puppies, admiring a “very resistant” rose that bears his name, tasting locally made cider and vodka, without losing his smile or balance. A lifestyle that he shares, he says, with prince charles “My husband is a country man to the core. He is the place where he is happiest, most relaxed, an integral part of his heart and soul.”.
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The photos for the special issue have been taken by Katherine, the wife of Prince William. The message clearly is that between the two women there is a cordial relationship in the midst of palace intrigues. “They are very good photos. She is very natural, we had a great time doing them,” she says of the photo shoot, “without much hair or makeup. They are taken in the gardens of Ray Mill House, the Duchess’s Wiltshire country home that she acquired following her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles in the mid-1990s.
“I was tested for so long that in the end you have to find a way to live with it,” she said.
At that time the scandal that the press baptized as the ‘Camillagate’. She became ‘the third person’, the intrusive in the broken marriage of Charles and Diana of Wales and in that role the British discovered her. The prince and his mistress had met when they were both in their twenties and had always moved in the same circles. She “was completely inappropriate” to become the wife of the Prince of Wales, she says Angela Lein, author of the book, “From Outlaw to Future Queen Consort.” She “was divorced and without a sufficient level of ancestry on the aristocratic scale, in addition to other things”.
Carlos made it clear that his love was “non-negotiable.” The couple married in 2005 in a civil ceremony. The Church of England, of which the Prince of Wales will become supreme governor when he is king, did not allow the religious union of the two adulterers, something that the documentary camouflages, presented to the newlyweds as they left St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, where there was simply an act of thanksgiving. In a recent interview in Vogue magazine, Camila recognized that her position “is not easy.” “I was tested for so long that in the end you have to find a way to live with it. Nobody likes to be watched all the time and, you know, criticized.”.
discretion and sympathy
Isabel II, always pragmatic, ended up accepting a situation that little by little has been normalizing and making it more digestible. Camila is assuming many more functions in the royal family, which she carries out with discretion, humor and sympathy, which is recognized by all who have dealt with her. This year the queen herself expressed the “sincere wish” that when the time came she would become Queen Consort, her ultimate accolade. In June the Duchess was made a Royal Dame of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the UK’s oldest. She was also present at the opening ceremony of Parliament, with strong constitutional symbolism, together with the prince who represented the sovereign, whose health has made her withdraw from almost all of her public acts. During the recent Platinum Jubilee, the couple presided over several of the most important celebrations.
Have the British accepted Camila? In a debate on the television program ‘Good Morning’, jack roystonthe royal correspondent for ‘Newsweek’ magazine he was of the opinion that the grudge against her persists. “People took Diana’s side, she believed that she was the victim of an injustice, that has been dragging on and is part of the negative feeling against Carlos and Camila.” To this day, she reminded herself, only 32% of Britons believe he will make a good king. “His popularity plummeted after learning of the affair”.
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Julie Bindeljournalist, feminist and republican, does not see it that way. “The fact that a good part of the people believe that Carlos will not be a good king is not due to Camila”, he points out. Bindel speaks of “sexism”. “We have to stop making comparisons between the conventional and gorgeous Diana and someone who has been said to be a horse, disheveled. Stop talking about appearance. We have to abandon that vision.” Praise the one that the duchess, be “real”, “genuine” and the one who has put great effort into tasks such as fight against domestic violenceof which he speaks again, this time in a rural environment, in the edition of ‘Country Life’. “It’s important for many women to see someone at the highest levels of royalty who is not obsessed with fashion and their appearance.”