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From ‘third person’ to future Queen: a new role for Camilla?

From ‘third person’ to future Queen: a new role for Camilla?

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For decades Camilla Parker-Bowles was the subject of gossip and tabloid innuendo. Her reputation as a punchline in Charles and Diana’s messy relationship seemingly has been fixed since Princess Diana stated there were three people in her marriage.

In the 25 years since that interview, the Duchess of Cornwall has carved out a role for herself as one of the harder working Royals, with more than 100 patronages covering health, literacy and women’s rights. A critically acclaimed speech she made at 2021’s Shame! Festival addressed violence against women. Sexual assault isn’t a topic tackled very often in royal speeches and Camilla didn’t pull any punches.

Has the Duchess of Cornwall quietly become the most outspoken Royal, playing a larger role in modernising the Monarchy than anyone expected? Clarence House has stated that Camilla will use the title of Princess Consort when Charles takes the throne, but she’ll effectively be Queen in all but name. Is the British public ready for its new relationship with Camilla?

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-founder and Editor

Beth Ashley
Journalist and Editor

Grant Harrold
Broadcaster and Former Royal Butler for the Prince of Wales, 2004 to 2011

Kate Mansey
Assistant Editor, Mail on Sunday, Co-Deputy Chair, Women In Journalism