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Camilla speaks out about her marriage to Prince Charles like never before

Even for people who experience love at first sight, there can be a lot of hard relationship work in the days and years that follow. For Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, there was a definite spark in 1970 when they first met at a polo match (via People† However, after a brief romance, Charles was abducted from the Royal Navy for an extended period of time. During his absence, Camilla became engaged to Andrew Parker-Bowles We Weekly† Camilla and Andrew went even further back, when they first met when Camilla was only 17 (via Daily mail

During her marriage to Parker-Bowles, Camilla and Charles were friendly, with Charles being called the godfather of Camilla’s son. Charles continued his reported heartbreak and married Diana Spencer in 1981, but after just a few years their marriage was in jeopardy (via brides† Charles and Camilla’s alleged affair came to the public’s attention when a private phone conversation between the two made headlines in 1993. Camilla and Andrew broke up shortly after, and then in 1995. Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, although it was it took until 1999 for Charles and Camilla to go public with their relationship, and another six years until the couple got married (via Us Weekly).

Now, after 17 years of marriage, Camilla, the future queen consort, has given some insight into what her life with Charles is really like.

Camilla and Charles are reportedly in a cozy relationship

As senior royals, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles have busy schedules. In 2019 alone, the Prince of Wales completed 521 royal engagements, per The times† While this number dropped to 253 during the 2020 pandemic restrictions, Charles’s schedule increased to 385 events in 2021.

The Duchess of Cornwall has a packed schedule herself. With numerous patrons, Camilla often visits several events in one day. However, she and her husband make an effort to spend time together as a couple. “Sometimes it’s like ships pass by at night, but we always sit down and have a cup of tea and discuss the day,” Camilla said. British Vogue in June 2022. “It’s not easy sometimes, but we always try to have a point in the day when we meet.”

Charles previously shared how much he appreciates Camilla’s support. “It’s always great to have someone who understands and wants to encourage you,” said the Prince of Wales. CNN in 2015. Charles also spoke enthusiastically about Camilla’s sense of humor. “She definitely jokes when I take things too seriously. And that all helps.”

Charles and Camilla reportedly enjoy socializing when the two are in the same place at the same time. “When we go out, the most enjoyable part is sitting and reading our books in different corners of the same room,” Camilla told British Vogue. “It’s very relaxing because you know you don’t have to start a conversation. You just sit and be together.”

Camilla has weathered the storm of public opinion in the name of love

After dating for the first time, and before reviving their romantic relationship, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles enjoyed an unusually close friendship, per Daily mail† Charles reportedly spent a lot of time at Camilla’s house writing her long letters, and the couple is said to have spent hours enjoying lengthy phone conversations. Perhaps the biggest reason for their relationship’s success was that Camilla supposedly loved Charles for who he was, and she didn’t treat him differently because he was heir to the throne.

While their much-discussed 1989 phone call is known for its more tacky elements, parts of the conversation hint at their mutual affection. Towards the end of the exchange, Camilla says it’s “easier to love Charles than to fall off a chair.” When Charles remarks, “You suffer from all this humiliation, torture and slander,” Camilla replies, “I would endure anything for you. That’s love. It’s the power of love,” (via Mirror

The Duchess of Cornwall has shown her fortitude despite intense media attention. “I was under scrutiny for so long that you just have to find a way to live with it. Nobody likes to be watched all the time,” she said. British Vogue† “But I think in the end I will come out of it and move on. You have to get on with life.”

The Duchess of Cornwall showed her determination to gain royal acceptance

Public scrutiny and disgust aside, Camilla Parker-Bowles was on the “don’t invite” list to royal gatherings for years. In 1978, she was reportedly banned from the 30. from Prince Charlese birthday celebration. 20 years later the same thing happened to Charles’ 50e birthday bash. However, in 2000, the Duchess and Queen Elizabeth met in person as the first step of royal acceptance, per Daily mail

After this minor acknowledgment, Her Majesty’s relationship with Camilla grew slowly over time. In 2005, the Queen gave her approval to the couple at a reception after Camilla and Charles’ wedding. Royal expert and author Penny Junor said: emphatically that after announcing the results of the Grand National race, the Queen concluded by saying, “she was delighted to welcome her son and his bride to the ‘winners’ residence.”

Speak with Vanity FairJunor noted that, despite a rocky start, Queen Elizabeth and Camilla have shared interests that have strengthened their relationship. “The Queen did not want Camilla around at first because their relationship was so damaging to the monarchy, but on a personal level she has always liked Camilla,” Junor said. “They have a lot in common, especially their love for dogs and horses.”

In Camilla’s ultimate approval, the monarch combined her Platinum Jubilee message with an announcement that, when Charles becomes king, “Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service,” per People

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