Prince Charles: Camilla ‘certainly pokes fun if I get too serious about things’


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.”

[From CNN & People]

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.


Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Loopy says:

    Is she allowed to speak in public, she is such a mysterious figure never heard her speak, though i’m sure she is all posh.

    • FLORC says:

      I’ve followed Camilla. She does speak in public. She does her own events too. A lot of them. And they aren’t simple photo ops. Results happen which is nice. She’s also supported other royals by attending their events.
      Put aside all you think you know about the woman from Diana or hacks or just the all out attack there was on her for years. She and her family silently put up with it all and did not compain. Camilla is what I would consider to be an active member of the BRF. And she hasnt latched onto the bread and butter events. She’s done some that would have had me in tears.

      • Pinky says:

        She “put up with it” because she knew deserved it. Anyone who persists with an affair with a married man even after being confronted by the mother of his children deserves every bit of the scorn heaped on her.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Pinky, how do you feel about Diana’s affairs with married men?

      • natasha says:

        imma gonna grab some popcorn

      • K says:

        I really like Camilla. Sexual violence initiatives are not ones that get much public attention, sadly, and she has worked on that in a very admirable way. Given her class and generation I’d be astonished if she saw herself as a feminist, but the thing about feminism is deeds prove more than words (I learned that at college, where some very vindictive, resentful men would politically claim to be feminists while behaving in the most appallingly misogynist way, while men who never considered the label saw women as human beings and equals and would call out misogyny when they saw it). Her deeds support other women, and other people, in admirable ways.

        People will never be fair to her because the public narrative was that she trashed the Wales marriage. None of us know the actual truth, anyway, and Diana also had married men on her roster, but marriages end horribly an awful lot, and everyone behaves less than brilliantly sometimes, and it doesn’t make them inherently worthless. I like her. I think she’s good at what she does, as a royal, and that’s all I feel we have any right to mind about.

        I think Kate seems very nice, but she doesn’t work hard enough to justify her cost to the state. So I resent that cost. Camilla works, and in a thoughtful and effective and happy way, so she’s good value for the money.

      • wolfpup says:

        Notasug – Diana said that Charles did it first – that after giving up her demands for love from him, she tried it his way. Two wrongs will never make a right…

  2. wolfpup says:

    I’d like to make a generalization about the entire British royal family. Because of the situation in the world today, the direct result of colonization, and enslavement, or even wiping out of native populations, as they claim territory, the British throne is one of the largest robber barons of all time (lovingly referred to as the Commonwealth). They didn’t keep their sights on their own peoples, but have collected taxes from all around the world. One of the interesting things about this, is that the royals are such *average joes* – and probably why the Queen has nothing to say. She can pose!! – and wear the jewelry so collected. And she is the Queen of the Snobs, at least in Britain. As a family, they can’t be keeping themselves in power. This has to be the will of lots of rich people (House of Lords?), who benefit, or have benefited, from British crime. Their past actions are against current international law – and the world sits on the problems so created from their past.

    I am noticing that the young royals are not taught manners in the traditional sense – they are taught that they are better than everyone else! Every selfish whim is indulged (as though by “divine right”), people are encouraged to bow and scrape in their presence. This is what turns them into a royal – not blue blood! I wonder if the princes will ever learn how to treat a lady – or with sincerity? They are isolated within themselves, authorized to have the best the world has to offer (forget anyone else, except the hanger-ons), without mutual respect or responsibility to others. They are one of the few people, that can do almost (York) anything they want. And the peasants pay. I can’t imagine why anyone thinks these folks add to the allure of Britain – other than their oddness.

    • Luca76 says:

      I love this comment I’ll only defend the Queen to the extent that she and her familyy showed loyalty to the UK during WWII by staying in the country during the blitz.

      • enike says:

        I don´t agree with wolfpup´s comment, and I always liked the fact, that they stayed in London during the WWII and were a moral support, visiting bombed areas the day after, etc
        So many kings/presidents, prominent people fled from their countries, when their life was in danger (not only during the WWII)

    • Imo says:

      Well said, wolfpup.
      The abuse of power goes back much further than colonialism. And this is why I laugh at the premise that the rf really has what can be called private wealth.

    • JF says:

      I completely agree with you- I just can’t understand why the British people still support a monarchy in 2015! I’m American, so this doesn’t affect me…maybe that’s why I have such a hard time understanding this institution.

  3. Catelina says:

    He and William look so much alike.
    Thats all I really have to say about this story

  4. an old prude says:

    There relationship is A LOT similar to that of William and Kate, except Charles look s a lot more happier in Cams company then his son. I think both Kate and Camilla are very much alike and Kate was lucky to become his wife strait away rather then to through the whole mistress route of her step mother in law. Although she did spent an entire decade begin Wills mistress on his beck and call bot at least she was always his official woman/date/mistress whatever.

  5. Kelly says:

    I like Charles and Camilla. Really monarchy should end with him. No need for it in this day and age and he has waited so long, he could wind it down.

    • bettyrose says:

      I don’t know if I like them, but I can’t hate on a guy for wanting a strong female partner rather than a young beauty with no common interests.

      • enike says:

        totally agree
        If Camilla would marry him when they were young, Charles would be more happy during his life….

        As for the “mothering him” thing, Charles was really unhappy in his board school, its widely known and that he didn´t get much parenting love….. that is maybe why he loves Camilla his all life

      • wolfpup says:

        I think that Diana showed her strength in time – that she grew increasingly stable and confident as she matured, and this can be seen as a testament to her character. Not many women would have the” ovaries” to take on the royal family… The mothering element in her character was very powerful: part of being a mother is insuring a father for the health and welfare of her children; her very intimate family.

        Our society has agreements as to how we raise our young. Persisting with an affair, after the mother of his children confronted him (as Pinky, so eloquently states), breaks the societal contract, we all have agreed to call, marriage. All the excuses in the book do not change this for anyone. In my mind, if a partner proves unsuitable, one must leave them first, and then pursue others. This is called integrity, in our vow-making. It’s always bothered me that Charles was so careless with his – he is supposed to become a king – where is faith, for the character of this man? I believe that excuses are all that apply to him, and Camilla.

  6. Peggy says:

    When I look at Charles and Camilla, I don’t see a nanny relationship, can’t get that tampon comment out of my head.
    Everyone deserves happiness, another person can’t make you happy, it starts with you.

  7. Imo says:

    I just can’t buy what Chuck and Cam are selling.

    • Swan Lake says:

      I’ve been following them since they met—I’m their age— Charles has always had extensive press coverage. I believe he has always loved Camilla and was browbeaten, after a fashion, to marry Diana and produce an heir to the throne.

      • wolfpup says:

        I wonder if Mike and Carole are browbeating William, to behave with their daughter- or are they helping him to browbeat Charles..? Kate looked pretty self-satisfied at the war memorial…with mommy moving in, shortly.

  8. notasugarhere says:

    Camilla looks like one of his nannies, as you wrote Kaiser. Middleton looks like one of William’s nannies, Tiggy L-B.