Camilla heartbreak as ‘no one wanted her on the scene’: ‘Had a hard time of it’

Prince Philip’s support for Queen praised by Camilla

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Last month, Camilla featured on BBC documentary ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’, which was broadcast to commemorate the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in April. The programme offered an insight into the life of the Firm through interviews with the Queen’s four children as well as her adult grandchildren. Notably, Prince Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Camilla, Prince Charles’ wife, were the only royal in-laws to feature in the hour-long program.

Camilla, who married Charles in 2005, had a less than warm welcome among some due to her previous affair with the heir apparent, and many viewing her as the reason for the breakdown of his marriage to Princess Diana.

However, she has worked hard to repair her reputation over the past 15 years, working diligently in the background with her charitable endeavours.

In the recent documentary about her father-in-law, Camilla said she took inspiration from Philip in how he managed to carry out his work without turning the attention onto himself and knowing that his role is that of supporting his spouse.

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror Royal editor Russell Myers. 

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Mr Myers said Camilla was given a “hard time” at the beginning of her royal life, but has since become of the “the darlings of The Firm”.

He said on the podcast last month: “If you remember, nobody wanted Camilla on the scene and she had a pretty hard time of it ingratiating herself within the fold.

“She’s gone on to be one of the darlings of the Firm, both inside and outside, and she’s very highly respected for the work she does and the way she carries herself.

“It’s very interesting that she’s taken that level of support and awareness of her role from the Duke of Edinburgh. 

“And no doubt there was an awful lot of love and respect there, and you really saw that shine through.”

Camilla and Charles reportedly met for the first time in 1970 and the couple have since overcome anger and adversity. 

Following reports in the Nineties of the pair’s affair while the Prince of Wales was married to Diana, public opinion turned on Camilla.

However, Mr Myers argued that she has now proved herself with her dedication and service and ultimately won over both The Firm itself and the public.

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The royal commentator claimed Camilla’s “great success” was learning from the Duke of Edinburgh and the role he played as consort.

Mr Myers said: “I think that’s been her great success hasn’t it. 

“You look days gone by where she was almost public enemy number one and wouldn’t necessarily… nobody wanted her to be married to Charles, thought she was a homewrecker, that she had this huge wedge between his relationship with Diana.

“And yet we see her ‒ she’s one of the most popular members of the Royal Family.

“I would argue because of the way she has gone about her business, the causes she’s supported.

“And she’s thoroughly likeable as well.”

Ann Gripper added: “She does have quite a lot of similar qualities to Prince Philip. 

“You can imagine her being similarly plain speaking at times, that she knows that she’s not the main event and it’s not all about her. 

“At the moment obviously the main event is the Queen and Camilla’s support for Prince Charles is the second event.

“But she seems to take genuine pleasure in the work that she does in the organisations that she’s involved with.”

The Duchess supports over 90 charities as patron or president.

Her charity work is varied, but includes supporting those in needs such as the elderly and victims of rape and sexual abuse.

In the BBC documentary commemorating Prince Philip she praises the Duke for shaping the role as consort to the monarch which she will one day play when Charles ascends to the throne.

The Duchess of Cornwall said: “I saw the way that he supported the Queen, not in a flashy sort of way, but just by doing it quietly, following along behind.

“It’s something that I’ve learnt by watching him.”

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