We’re coming up on Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s tenth wedding anniversary. What’s the gift for ten years? I had to look it up: it’s tin or aluminum. Hm… maybe he’ll get her an aluminum tea kettle? Anyway, to celebrate their ten years together as a married couple (nevermind the decades she spent as his mistress and girlfriend), Charles has given an exclusive interview to CNN International about their marriage and why Camilla is so great, and why she’ll be an amazing queen. I’m including the video at the end of the post. Some highlights:
Camilla is fun & encouraging: “It’s always nice to have somebody on your side. She is an enormous support, and sees the funny side of life, thank God. It’s always marvelous to have somebody who, you know, you feel understands and wants to encourage. Although she certainly pokes fun if I get too serious about things. And all that helps.”
Camilla’s charity work role: “She’s done an enormous amount for the whole issue around osteoporosis, which of course runs in her family,” he said, noting that Camilla’s mother and grandmother both suffered from the bone disease. He also points to other issues Camilla is associated with, including literacy and preventing sexual violence.
The challenge Camilla faced to get the British public to accept her: “You can imagine it is a real, real challenge. But she’s, I think, been brilliant in the way she’s tackled these things.”
As many long-time royal watchers have pointed out, Charles really wanted to be with a woman who mothered him and supported him unconditionally, just as Diana wanted to be with a man who would “rescue” her and support her unconditionally. That’s why their marriage didn’t work. And Camilla was always going to come out ahead because, as those royal-watchers have widely discussed, Camilla looks very much like Charles’ most beloved childhood nanny. It’s creepy when you think about it like that, right? Anyway, that’s what I was reminded of when I watched this video – Charles loves Camilla because she takes care of him in a motherly way. Oh, well. At least they’re happy.
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