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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall opens up about her marriage to Prince Charles in a candid interview.
In honor of her 75th birthday in July, Camilla spoke to British Vogue in a rare interview about her personal and professional life, including how she navigates her busy work schedules while maintaining her relationship with Prince Charles, 73 year.
“It’s not easy sometimes, but we always try to have a point in the day when we meet,” she shared. “Sometimes it’s like ships passing by in the night, but we always sit together and have a cup of tea and talk about the day.”
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Camilla also noted “it’s nice to catch up” when she and her husband “have some time.”
“You know, when we leave, the best thing is that we sit and read our books in different corners of the same room,” she explained. “It’s very relaxing because you know you don’t have to make small talk.”
“You guys just sit down and be together,” she added.
The royal couple first met at a polo match in 1970 and reportedly had an instant connection. They remained close friends throughout their respective marriages – Charles to Diana, Princess of Wales and Camilla to Andrew Parker-Bowles – until their affair went public to the press in 1992. Camilla and Andrew announced that they would divorce in 1995. Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 and Diana died a year later.
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In 1998 Charles introduced the sons of Prince William and Prince Harry to Camilla and in 2000 Queen Elizabeth had lunch with Charles and Camilla, signifying her approval of the couple. The couple then married in 2005.
During the chat with Vogue, Camilla also opened up about the level of media scrutiny her family had in the 1990s, saying “it’s not easy.”
“I’ve been scrutinized for so long that you just have to find a way to live with it,” she said. “Nobody likes to be stared at all the time and, you know, criticized…”
She continued, “But I think in the end, I kind of rise above that and just keep going. You gotta keep living.”
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Earlier this year, the Queen, 96, made her feelings known in a timed message on the eve of her Accession Day which marked the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
Queen Elizabeth was ‘looking ahead’ as she shared her wish for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when Charles takes the throne.
In conversation with the fashion magazine, Camilla opened up about her work with survivors of domestic violence. She shared her intention to continue to “do as much as possible” when she becomes queen consort.
“You can’t give up on the things you’re in the middle of,” she said. “There’s still a lot to do.”
The July issue of British vogue is available for digital download and on newsstands starting Tuesday, June 21.