Piers Morgan claims 'Camilla has had it worse than anyone'
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is Charles’ second wife and has faced questions over her future status throughout her marriage. She chose to take her husband’s secondary title, the Duke of Cornwall, rather than Prince of Wales to show respect to his late ex-wife, Princess Diana – she is still remembered as the Princess of Wales two decades after her death. Camilla faced severe backlash when her relationship with the heir apparent became public knowledge in the Nineties.
However she has managed to completely reform her image in the last two decades — which is one of her winning features, according to commentator James Reginato.
Writing in Vanity Fair, he noted: “Camilla seems constitutionally suited to being Queen.”
He claimed a friend of the royals told him: “She never complains, she never explains.
“She’s not an intellectual, but there’s nothing lightweight about her.”
Camilla has been on the royal frontline as Charles’ wife since 2005, but she has been in the public eye since the Prince of Wales admitted they were having an affair in 1994.
Royal biographer Penny Junor said “she was terrified” on her wedding day, and “it took four people to coax Camilla out of bed”, as she feared there would be extensive public backlash.
When the crowds then cheered as they saw her, Ms Junor claimed Camilla “was just happy to have got through it without anyone throwing an egg at her”.
The Duchess of Cornwall has never spoken out about this difficult time in her life.
It’s a stark contrast to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s recent confessions about their difficult lives on the royal frontline.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke to US talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, about why they chose to leave the Firm in an interview which ITV aired last week.
They said they had been “trapped” in the system of the monarchy and made a series of allegations about how race and mental health were handled behind Palace walls.
The couple’s candid revelations stunned audiences all around the world.
It went against the Royal Family tradition of never speaking negatively about another member of the Firm in public — Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and the Palace body in general all came under fire during the tell-all interview.
The interview also went against the unofficial royal mantra of “never complain, never explain”, which is thought to have stemmed from the Queen Mother, and which most of the royals live by.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey told The Guardian that the interview represented “an enormous clash of cultures and values, a clash of generations, a psychological clash between the stiff upper lip and the wobbly lower chin”.
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Some reports even claim that Camilla advised Meghan and Harry to ignore any negative coverage of them, having been through something similar herself years before.
The Duchess of Cornwall was said to be a particular source of support to her daughter-in-law after Meghan confessed she was “not OK” to ITV in October 2019.
A friend told the Mail on Sunday: “Much like Meghan, Camilla had experienced a lot of negative press and hostility from courtiers due to her relationship with Charles when he was still married to Diana.
“She was very sensitive to Meghan and provided her with support, advising her to ride out the storm and that it would pass.”
But, the friend added: “Ultimately Meghan didn’t listen.”
Instead, the Sussexes made it clear during their bombshell interview that negative press coverage — and the Palace’s reluctance to challenge unflattering headlines — was one of the driving forces behind their exit.
Meghan told Oprah: “I don’t know how they [the Palace] could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.”
She continued: “At a certain point, you’re going to go, ‘But, you guys, someone just tell the truth’.
“And if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, I’ve lost… there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”
The interview is said to have thrown the Palace into turmoil, and has raised concerns that the monarchy’s reputation could now be tarnished for years to come.
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