Prince Charles: Camilla will be 'key' to reign says expert
The Prince of Wales will be crowned King when Queen Elizabeth II either steps down or passes away. But a royal expert has warned the public is still coming around to the thought of King Charles and Queen Camilla.
Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers, has warned Camilla was the “source of conflict” and the heart of the marital breakdown between Charles and Diana.
Mr Lacey said: “This new generation of the Royal Family is very important to the Crown and very important to the nation.
“As we look ahead, we obviously hope Prince Philip and the Queen are blessed with long lives, but mortality takes its toll.
“We’re not quite sure what to think about King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
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“I think most people still are [coming around to the thought of Charles and Camilla].
“Whichever side you take, you have to acknowledge Camilla was the source of the conflict and the heart of the marital breakdown [of Charles and Diana] from whose consequences these boys [William and Harry] have suffered.”
Mr Lacey went on to say how Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are “more attractive to most Britons” than Charles and Camilla.
Since the release of the fourth season of Netflix’s The Crown, Charles and Camilla have faced ongoing backlash with royal fans calling for the Prince of Wales to relinquish his claim to the throne.
The new season features topics including Prince Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana, his affair with Camilla and the Princess of Wales’ eating disorder.
The latest season – for which Mr Lacey serves as a historian – was met with mixed reviews with many royal fans urging Harry to scrap his multi-million deal with the streaming giant.
Royal experts have lashed out at the latest season, with expert Richard Fitzwilliams saying Charles is portrayed as “selfish and insecure”.
He said: “He is self-pitying and brutal to Diana after, for example, her success in New York.
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“His physicality is curious, it heightens the aura of inadequacy which this portrayal emphasises.
“He is in love with Camilla but viewers will not sympathise with this portrayal.
“It is made clear that he is a product of an extremely dysfunctional family.”
Omid Scobie – the co-author of Meghan Markle’s biography Finding Freedom – previously warned the series poses a “major risk” for Prince Charles and Camilla.
He wrote on Twitter when the season was released in November: “There as real concerns coming from the palace that the people watching season four of The Crown will take it for gospel.
“Prince Charles and Camilla are a couple who have spent decades trying to repair their image and just at the time when they are gaining popularity in the UK, that all faces major risk.
“This new season follows Diana’s journey as a new member of the royal family.
“Someone who was adored but quickly laughed at and mocked within the institution.
“It brings parallels to Meghan’s very recent journey and highlights a very big problem within the institution.”
The new series stars Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin as Prince Charles and Diana respectively.
The Crown is set to cover events up to the early 2000s including the disasters throughout the 1990s in two more seasons.
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