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Camilla front and centre! Duchess stepping out of the shadows as Charles plans overhaul

Camilla: ‘Times have changed’ says Dr Anna Whitelock

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Camilla has become more and more prominent in recent years both with her appearances at the side of the Prince of Wales and with her solo work. This “emergence” has been analysed by royal commentator Katie Nicholl, who believes it could be related to the widely rumoured plans of a slimmed-down monarchy during the future reign of Prince Charles.

Speaking about Camilla’s latest work, Ms Nicholl told OK! magazine: “Camilla is coming more to the forefront.

“During 2020 and 2021 we’ve really seen the emergence of Camilla as the Duchess of Cornwall, with her own role and identity, she’s been very bold and brave about the causes she’s taking on that perhaps we don’t always associate with the royals but she feels are important.”

Noting the public is “hearing and seeing more” of Camilla lately, Ms Nicholl said the spotlight on the Duchess “feeds into the narrative” of an upcoming slimmed down monarchy, which would involve only a small number of senior royals being allowed to carry out duties and, as a consequence, taking on more roles and engagements.

Ms Nicholl said: “With the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and this new slimmed-down monarchy that we’re hearing so much about, there is more pressure on these senior royals to perform and be high profile – this is an extension of that.”

Camilla has worked for years to support victims of violence and domestic abuse.

Last month, she was highly praised for delivering one of her most powerful speeches as a Duchess focused on the epidemic of gender-based violence.

Attending the Shame!Festival alongside Carrie Johnson, Camilla remembered the names of some of the latest victims of male violence in the UK.

And she spoke about the importance of breaking the “stigma” often felt by victims of sexual violence.

She said: “Together, today, let us resolve to support survivors to be ‘shameless’ and not to take on misplaced feelings of stigma.

“Through speaking up about our experiences, we break the wall of silence that allows perpetrators to go unpunished and increases the feeling of isolation that so many survivors describe.”

Urging men to step up to the plate and join the fight against gender-based violence, the Duchess also said: “We do not, in any way, hold all men responsible for sexual violence. But we do need them all on board to tackle it. After all, rapists are not born, they are constructed.

“And it takes an entire community – male and female – to dismantle the lies, words and actions that foster a culture in which sexual assault is seen as normal, and in which it shames the victim.

“So let us all leave here today and try and get the men in our lives to participate in building a shameless society.”

More recently, Camilla supported her husband Prince Charles in the royals’ charm offence at COP26, the UN’s climate change summit in Glasgow.

On Monday, she attended the summit’s evening reception alongside the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during which the royals spoke to world leaders and decision-makers about the most pressing environmental issues.

A few hours earlier, she also visited Wallacewell Primary School alone to see firsthand how pupils were being taught about climate change and how to protect the environment.

During the visit, the Duchess presented the students with a copy of It’s Up to Us, a children’s book with a foreword by Prince Charles which focuses on sustainability and the climate.

While Prince Charles remained in Glasgow to attend several meetings with world and business leaders, the Duchess flew back on Tuesday.

On Thursday, she visited the set of ITV’s crime drama Grace, inspired by the book series by Peter James.

This visit was undertaken as the Duchess of Cornwall has recommended Mr James’s Roy Grace series to the followers of her successful online book club the Reading Room.

The Reading Room was launched as part of the Duchess’ long-standing effort to improve literacy across all ages, as well as share her love for books.

Speaking to the author while on set, she said: “I love your books. I’ve read them all, cover to cover.

“So I will know what vaguely is going on.”

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