Camilla announces ‘break’ from royal venture but assures fans she ‘hasn’t gone completely’

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Camilla started ‘The Reading Room’ on Instagram at the start of the year, an Instagram book club that has amassed almost 100,000 followers. The group, which covers a series of books and sees Camilla chat to authors and celebrities, enables readers to engage in a conversation and explore books in more depth. But last night, the Duchess announced Season One of the initiative has drawn to a close.

Speaking on her Instagram page, solely dedicated to the book club, Camilla announced the group would be taking a short break.

She said: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the authors who have made my Reading Room possible and also to all you followers.

“We’re going to have a bit of a break now to catch up with a bit more reading.

“We haven’t gone completely, there are going to be lots of small, exiting things coming up on the Reading Room.

“So please don’t desert us because I promise you we won’t leave you with a blank page.

“So thank you very much for joining me and I look forward to see you all again – or hearing your comments, which I love reading – on the 16th April.

“So till then happy reading and Happy Easter. Thank you.”

Camilla, an avid book lover, launched the Reading Room in January, following the success of the two recommended reading lists she released during the pandemic.

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The literary project is designed to celebrate books and their creators, and sees followers go through groups of four books at a time.

Camilla kicked off the initiative with the popular ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ book, by Charlie Mackesy.

The book, which comprises illustrations and motivational quotes,

The royal described the book as: “Warm, funny, profoundly moving and beautifully illustrated, this charming book leaves you feeling better about the world.”

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As part of the initiative, Camilla interviewed Mr Mackesy about his writing.

Other books covered in the first season include ‘The Mirror and the Light’ by Hilary Mantel, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens, ‘Restless’ by William Boyd and ‘The Architect’s Apprentice’ by Elif Shafak.

The Reading Room provides a ‘book club kit’, a set of questions to explore the themes of the book and spark discussions with friends and family.

Camilla is known for her love of reading, and recently explained why she loves to curl up with a good book.

She said: “To me, reading is a great adventure.

“I’ve loved it since I was very small and I’d love everybody else to enjoy it as much as I do.

“You can escape and you can travel and you can laugh and you can cry.

“There’s every kind of emotion that humans experience in a book.”

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