Camilla Parker Bowles clawed and fought her way to acceptance into the British royal family and can’t understand how easy it is for one woman to be so warmly welcomed. Granted, this woman isn’t having an affair with a married future king or is central to placing the monarchy in a scandal. Instead, she’s an American who has caught the eye of a younger royal. Times have changed and tolerance for the unconventional exists more now than it did when Camilla was having an affair with Charles while he was married to the late Princess Diana. The past lingers in the Duchess’ mind. A palace insider claims that Camilla Parker Bowles is resentful at how easy it is for #Meghan Markle to make her way into the firm.
She’s being warmly welcomed by the Windsors. The source sums it up by saying that Parker Bowles can’t believe “what an easy entree” Meghan is getting. It’s far easier for her to gain acceptance by everyone than it was for her. This is especially true of the queen, “who made her life hell” when she was dating Charles. Everything is fine now, but it was a rough ride for quite a while. The source adds that “it’s as if a circle of Rottweilers” are sur Meghan because no one can say a bad word about her. Prince Harry is in love with Markle and wants support from his family. He’s getting it, according to the report.
The source continues that Camilla Parker Bowles intends to “obstruct” Meghan Markle’s path in any way that she can. It’s unfair in her eyes that this woman who isn’t even British is having it so easy. It’s evident the relationship between Harry and Meghan has reached a serious level. Many are wondering when the prince will pop the question to the 35-year-old “Suits” actress. Camilla has been rumored to be in feuds with Kate Middleton over being the future queen. News of jealousies, status among the royal fold, and other mishaps have been printed for years since the Duchess of Cambridge married Prince William.
What’s real and what isn’t? No one knows what goes on behind closed doors with the royal family, but Camilla is typically the one who has reservations about the younger royals in just about all of the tabloids. Is there any truth to it? There’s no way of knowing, but positive reports will contradict all of the negative ones. The two may get along great, but in a sense it would be understandable if Camilla Parker Bowles had some resentment considering the fact she had to keep her relationship with Charles a secret for so many years until the royal family and the public approved of it. #Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, GCVO, CSM, PC full name Camilla Rosemary Shand, previously Parker Bowles was born on 17 July 1947. She is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the heir apparent to the British throne. Instead of using the title of Princess of Wales, she uses the title Duchess of Cornwall, her husband’s secondary designation. In Scotland, she is known as the Duchess of Rothesay. In the event of Charles acceding to the throne, Camilla would become a queen consort; however, an official statement issued by Clarence House on the day of her marriage to Charles announced that she would be known as the Princess Consort.
Camilla is the eldest child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife Rosalind Cubitt, the daughter of Roland Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe. She was raised in East Sussex and South Kensington, and educated in England, Switzerland and France. She worked for different firms in central London, most notably the decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. In 1973, Camilla married British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles, with whom she has two children. They divorced in 1995.
Camilla was in a relationship with the Prince of Wales before, during and after their former marriages. The relationship became highly publicized in the media and attracted worldwide scrutiny. In 2005, it culminated in a civil marriage at Windsor Guildhall, which was followed by a televised Anglican blessing by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
As Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla assists the Prince of Wales on his official duties. She is also the patron, president and a member of numerous charities and organizations. Since 1994, she has taken action on osteoporosis, earning honors and awards. She has also raised awareness in areas including rape and sexual abuse, literacy and poverty, for which she has latterly been praised.
After becoming Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla automatically acquired rank as the second highest woman in the United Kingdom Order of Precedence (after the Queen), and as typically fifth or sixth in the orders of precedence of her other realms, following the Queen, the relevant viceroy, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales. It was revealed that the Queen altered the royal order of precedence for private occasions, placing Camilla fourth, after the Queen, the Princess Royal, and Princess Alexandra. Within two years of the marriage, the Queen extended Camilla visible tokens of membership in the royal family; she lent the Duchess a tiara previously belonging to the Queen Mother, and granted her the badge of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.
After their wedding, Clarence House became the official residence of both the Duchess and the Prince of Wales. The couple also stay at Birkhall for holiday events, and Highgrove House in Gloucestershire for family gatherings. In 2008, they took up residence at Llwynywermod, Wales, where they stay on their visit to Wales every year in the summer and for other occasions. To spend time alone with her children and grandchildren, the Duchess still maintains her home, Ray mill House in Leacock, Wiltshire, in which she resided from 1995 to 2003. The Duchess of Cornwall has three ladies-in-waiting, including longtime friend Amanda MacManus, who is her chief lady-in-waiting and also her assistant private secretary.
Though no details were publicly released, it was confirmed in March 2007 that Camilla had undergone a hysterectomy. In November 2010, the Duchess and her husband were indirectly involved in the 2010 British student protests when their car was attacked by protesters. Clarence House later released a statement on the incident: “A car carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall was attacked by protesters but the couple were unharmed.” On 9 April 2012, the seventh wedding anniversary of the Duchess and the Prince of Wales, the Queen appointed the Duchess to the Royal Victorian Order. On 9 June 2016, the Queen appointed the Duchess as a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honorable Privy Council. She is the first British princess by marriage to be appointed in such position.