Camilla fury: Duchess turns ‘quite ratty’ if daily routine disrupted ‘Never do it again!’

Camilla ‘gets ratty’ if ‘disrupted’ listening to The Archers says Myers

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall admitted to being “addicted” to the long-running BBC Radio 4 show The Archers. She said that the drama has been a faithful companion for a large part of her life since the day it was aired. She confessed to having “severe withdrawal symptoms” after the show disappeared during the COVID-19 lockdown and to becoming rather upset if Prince Charles tries to interrupt her when she listens.

Daily Mirror’s Royal Editor Russell Myers told Pod Save the Queen: “Camilla is absolutely an avid fan so she invited them all the Clarence House to celebrate and obviously, they had been by Covid and not be in the studio together but like the good people at Pod Save the Queen, they were able to keep the show on the road.

“However, there was some sort of disruption, I mean I am not an avid fan, but I listened to Archers a few occasions, it’s quite easy listening but…

“Camilla was saying she not only gets “quite ratty” while listening to The Archers but she was saying to them, she had “severe withdrawal symptoms” while they had some issues being on air from coronavirus.

“She made them promise that it will never be off-air again.  Whether that actually be possible to show but she seems to enjoy.

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“She said, ‘as long as I can remember, I loved this programme, it has been my faithful companion for a large part of my life’.”

Camilla has confessed that she doesn’t like being disturbed by Prince Charles when the show was on the radio as it plays an integral part in her life.

She said: “Like many other Archers addicts, I have been known to become quite ratty if disturbed between 7pm and 7.15pm – and, like thousands of others, had severe withdrawal symptoms when you all but disappeared during lockdown.”

Camilla praised the programme in her speech for raising awareness of “challenging topics” including modern slavery and alcohol addiction.

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She further added: “For 70 years of raising awareness of others’ hidden struggles, we are deeply grateful.”

The Duchess did a cameo in the famous BBC series The Archers for its 60th anniversary in 2011, praising the show for its “gentle wit, accurate description of rural life and wonderful characterisation”.

At the time of her appearance, she said: “I was thrilled to be asked to appear in an episode ten years ago – although, not being a noted thespian, I was only entrusted to play myself.”


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As she hosted the cast, Camilla watched a scene created especially for the occasion where Ben Norris, playing Ben Archer in the show, discovers the ferret is missing at Clarence House.

During her speech, the Duchess thanked everyone for gracing the event with their presence, and said: “MBEs, of course, are particularly welcome – ferrets rather less so…”.

Camilla concluded the event by cutting a tractor shaped cake alongside June Spencer, the 102-year-old actress who plays Peggy Woolley.

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