Queen Camilla awkwardly passed out Paddington Bears to nursery school kids

On Thursday, Queen Camilla decided to do an event around kids and Paddington Bear. During the Jubbly, Queen Elizabeth II did a video with the animated Paddington Bear, from the movies, voiced by Ben Whishaw. Then, months later, QEII passed away and people left Paddington Bears in tribute to QEII all over London. Many of those stuffed animals were gathered by the Palace and they’ve given the task of “donating the bears” to Camilla. Anything to make her seem warm, pleasant and happy to be around children (when she’s none of those things).

So, on Thursday, Camilla was tasked with giving away a wicker basket full of bears to the children at an East London kindergarten. Notably, the bear-distribution operation was not handled whatsoever by Camilla or the palace. No, Barnardo’s children’s charity was tasked with gathering up all of the Paddingtons, washing them and distributing them to kids. Camilla just turned up to claim credit. The whole reason I decided to write about this is because the palace-made video from the event is not that great for Camilla. First of all, the kids aren’t paying attention to her at all. Second of all, one child stands close to Camilla and Camilla decided to lift the little girl’s arm up by her shirt cuff. It was one of the most awkward exchanges I’ve ever seen.

It’s so cringey. I mean, I can see why the galaxy-brains at Buckingham Palace thought it would be a good photo-op – Camilla and Paddington, who can hate on that? – but the fact that their own in-house videographer captured what actually happened at the event, it’s pretty bad. Stop treating children like dogs. Don’t lift a child’s arm up by the shirt cuff.

Photos courtesy of Justin Ng / Avalon.

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  1. Flower says:

    Camilla is getting cooked on twitter and rightly so.

    There is also a viral vid of Diana hugging a young boy circulating and the contrast is so jarring.

    Diana will haunt Chuck and CamCam till they draw their last breaths.

    Camilla is effectively QINO (queen in name only).

    • Mrs Robinson says:

      Every time I see Queen and Camilla together in a headline I cringe. Do we have to? Waiting for a good CB nickname…

      • Sportie says:

        I think Flower above nailed the nickname, QINO (Queen in name only).

      • Kingston says:

        And whats with this “Camilla R”??? She’s not the monarch!!!

        Sure, “regina” means queen. But she’s definitely not the monarch. She’s queen consort. How is it that betty, the MONARCH was “Elizabeth Regina”, and now camilla, THE CONSORT, is camilla R. These 2 are NOT the same type of queen.

      • Tursitops says:

        No suggestions for a nickname, but I’d like to propose a tag line paraphrased from the Da Vinci Code: How dark the con of Cam.

      • Jaded says:


      • Tessa says:

        Camilla should not be calling her self “Regina”. She is not monarch like the Queen. The first Queen Elizabeth signed her name as Elizabeth R. Does that mean Kate will be called Catherine Regina.

      • mauve says:

        Can we just call her Consort? Consort Camilla?

      • equality says:

        So Cam couldn’t own the POW title because everyone still thought Diana with it and now can’t own the Queen title because everyone thinks of Liz.

      • booboocita says:

        She’ll always be “Queen Side Piece” to me.

    • DouchesOfCambridge says:

      Camilla is Charles’ Queen and his only. She is certainly not queen of the people and even less Queen of Hearts. Unfortunately for her, she will be compared to the incomparable Diana for the rest of the reign…

    • Aidevee says:

      The @royalfamily Instagram on this was absolutely gorgeous, though. The little Paddingtons sitting around at Buckingham Palace – honestly it was the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen.

      • ruth says:

        I thought it was typical of the selfish greedy royal jerks to take teddy bears that laid on the ground outside for days and give them to poor children. They’re effing billionaires, for God’s sake, they could reach into their pockets and make a real difference in the lives of UK children.

        But that will never happen, will it?

    • mycatlovestv says:

      I think Queen In Name Only should be posted everywhere! QINO is perfect! Thanks, Flower!!!

      • Detnow359 says:

        So sick of seeing Queen Camilla. It’s actually Camille, the Queen Consort. We’re gotten so used to seeing a female reigning that she is incorrectly labeled as Queen instead of TQC which I’m sure she and King Tampon love

    • Green girl says:

      When she died, I don’t think anyone ever thought Diana would still have a hold over Chuck and Cams for decades to come.

      I only made it through the first 15 seconds of the video. This thing needed some kind of peppy music. It is so sterile and cold without it. Does it get better???

    • Kerry Harris says:

      Oh for heavens sake leave the poor woman alone. All this emo nonsense about her not being Diana is ridiculous. They are two different people and I’m at a loss why the bunch of you have your panties in a twist over her. Get a life people and focus on something that really matters.

  2. TheOther says:

    The audacity of Cowmilla working with Barnardo’s is breathtaking. Leave Diana’s legacy alone, you horrid leech

    • ruth says:

      Those children know, they don’t want to be touched by them

    • MyCatLovesTV says:

      Camilla has so many resources at her disposal and has had them for decades. Maybe the old stereotype of “British teeth” still rings true for her. I just do not understand why she has not gotten herself a nicer smile. Those teeth do her no favors (and I’m trying to ignore the rest of her face since I’m not exactly an American beauty…still I DO get my teeth cared for even at a senior citizen age!).

  3. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Well. That was awkward. “Heeyoo would like a beh-ah?” she asks a room full of not-yet-verbal infants and uninterested toddlers. She looks like Halloween incarnate, with an extra skeletal face since her trip to India. This weight loss doesn’t look healthy.

    • Lizzie says:

      Wow, this might be the most awkward video of the year. And the palace thought it was good?
      Has any group ever been less interested in Camilla or what she is trying to give out?

      • Sam says:

        Omg this is so embarrassing!! How can someone like her only be a public figure! She can’t even talk normally to an adult human. And then so obviously racist…

        How disgusted she looks at the sandwich though is super funny!

      • Tursitops says:

        As soon as I saw that the adult rep from the school was wearing a hijab, it was obvious that they there would be issues. The sleeve incident is so awful because she clearly doesn’t want to touch a dark-skinned child. Can’t hide the hatred!

      • Sugarhere says:

        Who remembers that the Duchess of Sussex had been blamed for almost killing Charlotte with a flower crown during her wedding? The headlines went like lily of the valley’s toxicity level makes it unsafe to have around children, so Charlotte could have deceased on the spot. Okay, man.

        Now can we assume that those Camilla Teddy bears which were picked from the sidewalk are a bacterial hazard likely to exterminate the babies? In all fairness, that’s exactly what the gutter press would have printed, had Meghan herself offered them.

        Anyways, I doubt these toys were ever washed or sanitized so as to suit toddlers.

      • Lady D says:

        Notice that none of the shrieking harpies writing those headlines mentioned that Kate used the exact same flowers in her wedding bouquet? I wonder who she was trying to do in?

    • Val says:

      Umm, yeah that’s a no. She grabbed that little girls sleeve like she was examining something dirty. These people and their audacity is next level!

    • Kim says:

      So true.

  4. CourtneyB says:

    Looked to me like she was looking at something on her wrist? Idk 🤷‍♀️ She cuddles with a child soon after and looked fine. Not everyone is great on camera. She’s better than Kate and William so far. And Hugh bonneville!

    • Southern Fried says:

      Looked to me as though she thought that darling child had a horrible disease. It’s nauseating.

      • Sugarhere says:

        The con queen demonstrated how important it for a very much not racist family to avoid skin contact with a human of color. Cunning Camilla instantly realized her racial gaffe and tried to make up for it with the next black infant. Too late. The video captured the con (of some) sort’s true colors.

        The Royals can’t help but make buffoons of themselves because of their poor interactive skills. You don’t go visit children dressed like a scarecrow, and hand over Teddy bears with an ancient mummy’s wry grimace. The kids were like, “No, thank you. We don’t want your poisoned apple.”

        You want to put colors on. Imagine if she had brought Lady Louise along with her to deal with the Teddy bears, instead. These insulated people lack basic human psychology, and it is seriously starting to show.

      • SussexFan says:

        Every time I see or remember Diana with African children and babies and compare them with the Rottweiler…what a comedown. Although I am not on Twitter anymore, I was able to see the comments. Black Twitter Across The Water is having a field day.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        So what we’re saying is…Camilla is definitely the one (one of the ones) who asked about Archie’s skin colour.

      • aftershocks says:

        @Sugarhere: “Cunning Camilla instantly realized her racial gaffe and tried to make up for it with the next black infant.”

        But even then after Camilla awkwardly brought another dark-skinned child close and patted her back and touched her arm, Cam’s false smile dropped when she thought the picture-taking was over. With a funny expression on her face, Cam lifted her hand away from the child and looked at her hand as if she wanted to wipe a stain off or something. 😳 Maybe that part of the video was edited out of this version. 😵‍💫

    • Laura D says:

      I agree. 🙂 As, I was watching the video I found myself wondering if the royal “Early Years Expert” could have done any better. In isolation the sleeve holding wasn’t a good look for Camilla but, I did chuckle when the little girl just walked off to find something more interesting to do on the next table. 😆

      • CourtneyB says:

        As we’ve seen with the Sussexes any moment in isolation can look bad, I watched the entire video and thought she seemed awkward but that was it. The cuddling seemed fine and if that was taken in isolation it would give a different impression of the visit too. None of the kids seemed that interested in the beats except for a couple including a very cute little dark haired girl. The girl in the crown was over everything.

      • Ungirlin says:

        Southern Fried, I agree. After she lifted the little girl’s arm, their hands actually touched. She gave a warm hug and cuddle to another little girl. However, the kid’s seemed more interested in their activities than Camilla and Paddington. The teachers and Hugh Bonneville had a hard time drumming up enthusiasm (one little boy seemed to jerk away when she touched his shoulder. On the whole, not a good PR look for Camilla. She gets an E for effort and she did much better than Kate has done in similar settings.

      • Debbie says:

        Are you serious? The same Kate who was photographed peering at Commonwealth children through a wire fence? That one? If that’s any better than Camilla, then they’re all in trouble.

      • Isabella says:

        I haven’t seen this kind of moment with the Suffexes, no.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ @Ungirlin: “She gave a warm hug and cuddle to another little girl.”

        Not really. It was a performative hug and an awkward, reluctant patting the child on the back. Apparently, the rest of Cam’s interaction with the second child was edited out of this clip. As I mentioned above, I saw the full video which shows Cam’s smile dropping, and then she awkwardly lifts her hand away from the child’s arm and examines her hand and looks around as if searching for something to wipe her hand off. It’s very strange and unpleasant. Please stop trying to spin and smooth over this behavior by Camilla. If you haven’t seen the full exchange regarding the so-called ‘cuddling,’ you need to.

    • Ginger says:

      If she wanted to look at the child’s bracelet she could have done it better than lifting her sleeve like it’s a dirty rag. She could have gently held the child’s hand or something. It’s a bad look. She has zero warmth. And yes, I saw the whole video and my opinion has not changed.

      • Amy Too says:

        And children should be allowed bodily autonomy. If she didn’t want to show her bracelet to Camilla, if she didn’t want Camilla touching her hand and wrist, that needs to be accepted and respected. It doesn’t matter that Camilla wanted to see a nursery school child’s bracelet for a photo op. That little girl didn’t want to interact with her that closely and that’s fine! You don’t get to dismiss body autonomy and personal space just bc you’re a royal.

        Hugging the child who came to hug her was fine. That child initiated the hug.

        I worked as a nanny with the same family 4 days a week for years. I still asked every time I was leaving, “should we have a hug?” Because it’s 1) important to ask but 2) even if the child has never said no and isn’t likely to, it’s important to model that adults should be asking them and they have a right to say no.

      • LULULULUbro says:

        +1. That’s not the way you look at someone’s bracelet. She could have broken it the way she lifted that child’s arms up by her bracelet.

      • equality says:

        You know that if one of the children tried to pick at her jewelry that way there would have been a reprimand saying that is inappropriate. So she’s not even setting a good example for the children.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        She actually picked up the bracelet while it was on the little girl’s wrist! Not just rude but risked breaking the bracelet. That is not how you admire jewelry while it is being worn, as many here have pointed out. British aristos are a classless bunch ironically.

        The video of Camilla holding the other child shows that she is posing for another photog when it’s panned out. When the photog stops, Camilla edges away from the child. And few of the children look very happy to see the strange lady. Having Camilla distribute the Paddington Bears was not the terrific idea the palace thought it would be. Sort of a train wreck. How do you screw up giving toys to small children? It’s a unique royal talent.

      • VegasSchmegas says:

        They’re not lepers! She acts like she will get some sort of disease from them. Cringeworthy.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Please, not the L word! You don’t get Hansen’s disease from touching someone. It’s a bacterial infection cured by a round of antibiotics. Please let’s not continue to otherize people who’ve had to deal with a bacterial infection.

    • Jais says:

      In the other video when she’s hugging another little girl, afterwards camilla holds out her hand for a moment and looks down and up, and I swear it looks like she’s wondering where she can get a wet wipe for her now dirty hand. Look, I get that it’s not fair to judge these tiny moments, but the RF is literally just a collection of these tiny moments. They have so little substance that they really have to nail the photo ops, and well they can’t really do that either.

      • QuiteContrary says:

        Yes! This was another awful moment. She held her hand palm up like she desperately wanted antibacterial lotion.
        She’s a racist ogre.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      Nah, she’s a racist. Just like her husband and just like the Wailses. The way she picks up the sleeve of the child is gross and disturbing. And if you’re talking about the cuddle with the little Black girl where, at the end, Cams looks down at her hand that had been touching the little girl’s and then holds it out and desperately looks around as if she’s asking her staff for some disinfectant…yeah, no.

      In addition to using Black people as props when they need a boost, we’ve recently seen Chuck bypass a Black man standing in a rope line to shake the (white) hands before and after. And we’ve seen numerous occasions of Kkkeen being grotesque around Black people. And we know that those same family members were racist toward Meghan and Archie numerous times. Why do people continue to give them pass after pass? They do not deserve it. If it walks like a racist duck and quacks like a racist duck…it’s a racist.

      • C-Shell says:

        I’m aghast. What in the HELL were these cretins taught about skin to skin contact with POC???!!! Meghan said to Oprah that there were a number of conversations and concerns over time about what color H&M’s children might be, and now I see the bigger context — it wasn’t just Bulliam, it was for sure also Camilla, probably Charles, and certainly KKKHate (but maybe that one indirectly because she’s a cowardly snake). I sincerely hope Harry is more clear on this point in Spare.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I thought at first she was admiring the little girl’s bracelet or something, but it turned into that weird lifting of the girl’s arm by the sleeve thing. I’d watch it again to be sure, but I really don’t want to. And the ‘who wants a bear’ was weird, too. She’s there to give them out to every child in that room, not single out some & not others. And walking up to a little kid sitting at a table & touch his shoulder repeatedly to say hi? Weird weird weird.

    • Sue E Generis says:

      Look at her free hand after she pats the second Black child. She holds it as though there’s something filthy on it and it needs to be washed.

    • Cali says:

      In all fairness to Camilla, little kids are messy. I used to work at a day care center as a college job and I’ll never forget the time one of them blew their nose on my shirt.
      But if you can’t stand being around slightly grubby (and they all are at that age) little kids then don’t play act. She clearly is uncomfortable and awkward.

      • Blithe says:

        Then Camilla could have — and should have — kept her hands to herself.
        I’ve worked with small kids for decades. I’ve also had a lifetime of familiarity with the flinches of racism. There’s really no healthy or even positive explanation for Camilla’s behavior. I wonder how many of those kids will end up having visceral memories of the day a strange lady tried to touch them — and shared her open discomfort while the cameras were rolling.

        The exploitations just get piled higher with the BRF.

    • ruth says:

      One thing Cowmilla & Kannot have in common is their complete inability to relate to children, especially non-white children. Children are repelled by them, it’s obvious by the way children respond to them.

    • Debbie says:

      As I recall, after being photographed with children enclosed by wire fences, (and recoiling from the female ambassador?) Kate was later photographed making actual contact with another child too. It seems that these people need to work themselves up to actual contact with children of color.

    • Bromptonviewer says:

      I agree. I’ll give her a pass. She does incredibly well at events dealing with very delicate topics like rape and sexual abuse. She’s made an actual difference with her patronages. Not everyone is great with strangers’ children 🤷🏻‍♀️

      • aftershocks says:

        @BromptonViewer: “I’ll give her a pass. She does incredibly well at events dealing with very delicate topics like rape and sexual abuse. She’s made an actual difference with her patronages. Not everyone is great with strangers’ children 🤷🏻‍♀️”

        Really?? That’s how you’re going to spin this? Give Camilla a pass? Nope. With all that we’ve seen from Camilla and know about her treatment of Diana, and about the racism Meghan endured (also the questioning and comments about what M&H’s children might look like — remember Camilla’s sly quip about ‘a red-haired Afro’?), I’m side-eyeing all of this behavior by QINO Cam! 🙄

    • KC says:

      @COURTNEYB, I thought the same thing, that she was drawing attention to the thing on the child’s wrist but I do think that was a silly thing to do with a child unfamiliar with you. I lol’d though because that child was clearly taken aback and hightailed it out of there as soon as she could!😂 QCC didn’t seem to have trouble cuddling the next black child but it almost looked like they took the friendliest one and pointed her in QCC’s direction.

      I’m pointing out that I’m a black woman from the Caribbean living in the US so I don’t get any replies responding to me as if I don’t get black people or racism…. do I believe QCC is racist? I’m definitely convinced she is sheltered and ignorant so sure, why not? I just don’t think this is a good case/example for racism. It’s more a good example for how out of touch with reality she is. The children are young nonverbal and unfamiliar with her and she tried to interact with them as if they were 4/5 and knew that she was THE QUEEN! She’s out of touch as are the rest of the BRF in the UK!🤷🏾‍♀️

      @SUGARHERE, “You don’t go visit children dressed like a scarecrow, and hand over Teddy bears with an ancient mummy’s wry grimace. The kids were like, “No, thank you. We don’t want your poisoned apple.”🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Wheeew CHILE! I laughed so hard I started coughing!!

  5. Amy Bee says:

    I don’t get the impression she likes or knows how to act around children. Diana she will never be but it was a good idea to donate the stuffed toys to Barnardos. They gave out marmalade sandwiches which was a bad idea and it’s sinister that the Palace has co-opted Paddington Bear as a symbol. The Royal reporters were eager to show that Palace staff had put a tag on each bear saying Please take care of the bear with Camilla’s signature and Cypher. I know if Meghan had done that they would be saying she’s a narcissist and making the event all about her.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      But weren’t we told for years that she and Chuck have separate homes because she loves hosting her many grandchildren and they’re too rambunctious for Chuck? That doesn’t seem like a narrative for someone who hates children or doesn’t know how to interact with them. Maybe it’s just a certain shade of children that she’s uncomfortable around.

      • Red Weather Tiger says:

        I guess it’s preferable to the narrative that suggests she can’t stand Charles’ demanding, fussy narcissism and fat fingers full time.

        But I agree with you. Queen Sidepiece is as racist as they come.

      • Alice says:

        I mean my mother *loves* and spoils and plays with her grandchildren. She’s absolutely useless and disinterested around all other children.

      • Sue E Generis says:

        This is what confused me about the video. She’s a grandma and they keep saying she lives away from Charles and her household is so free, and informal. Yet here she looks like she’s never encountered a child before. I wonder if it’s that she’s never encountered a nonwhite child before and thinks they’re not like white children so she doesn’t know how to interact?

    • Emily_C says:

      I don’t like being around children at all, and I feel very awkward around them (it’s not that I dislike them personally, but I am not a child person), but I wouldn’t act like that!

      (Also small children end up following me around. Idek. Maybe because I treat them like people, as I don’t know how to treat “children” separately except for what’s appropriate conversation?)

      • Sue E Generis says:

        Which is fine, but if someone doesn’t like children, why set up a situation surrounded by them and have it filmed? Seems like an unnecessary self-own? But then again, these people seem to commit a lot of those.

      • Eurydice says:

        Lol, it’s the same for me, too. Little children gravitate toward me like cats do to people who are allergic.

  6. Eleonor says:

    This could have been a nice thing for Kate.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Kate’s not Patron of Barnados so she was never going to be involved in this.

    • Lizzie says:

      Children don’t care about her either. Remember the poor little kid in Scotland who asked Kate if she was the Duke? He had no idea he was prop for their photo op.

      • Geeeneyedgirl says:

        I feel like Camilla has a sneer on her face 90% of the time…even with Will and Kate children she seems to sneer at them. She still did “better” than Kate would do with her crazy eyes…which isn’t saying much. The bar is low.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate would make those scary faces.

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate hasn’t been seen since she posed in her bedazzled dress. Meanwhile Camilla, Charles, Sophie and even William have done events since the fancy dress party. (William visited Cornwall yesterday for his first visit as Duke of Cornwall and did that one his own).

      Kate will also not be a part of the event in support of victims of domestic violence hosted by Camilla and attended by Sophie, Queen Rania and Crown Princess Mary.

      Yes kate could have easily assisted with this engagement to give out the bears, but she will not push herself to work more than she needs to.

      • First comment says:

        You’re absolutely right Nic…Kate has done her two events per week on Tuesday…how can anyone expect her to work more? Especially having dazzled the world with her appearance…. I believe it’s a pattern… she rarely does any engagements after dazzling events because she wants everyone to continue to talk about her appearance… the RR is fed for at least a week … any other event with Kate after that will take the focus… anyway, as far as camilla is concerned, when I I first read about her event, I really had positive feelings because in one of it’s rare moments, a representative of the monarchy offered something to someone (bears and marmalade sandwiches or whatever).. when I saw the video, I literally cringed… how can they destroy a nice idea in concept?

    • Lorelei says:

      Kate would have managed to fck up a “photo op” with a child of color even worse than Camilla did.

  7. Lala11_7 says:

    She was racist AF…the way she handled those Black babies…And the WAY my BP elevated when I saw that….


    • truthSF says:

      I need all Black parents to please keep these racist f@cks away from our babies! It’s never worth a shitty photo-op!!! My rage went through the roof, watching that video. And no, there is no excuse for her to hold that child’s sleeve like she had leprosy…none!!!😡🤬

      • SussexWatcher says:

        💯 to both comments. It makes me so ragey. And can you imagine what she and Chuck and the Wailses are like behind closed doors if they behave this way in front of public cameras?! I’m so glad the Sussexes are away from that sh!thole family.

      • Gah says:

        Thank you. I gasped at how she held that sleeve. It was immediately clear she did not want to touch that child’s skin.


      • Brassy Rebel says:

        I wondered if this visit was cleared with parents or guardians beforehand. Basically, the kids are being exploited for royal propaganda. It’s gross.

      • Sue E Generis says:

        @SussexWatcher And can we imagine how Lily and Archie would be treated? Especially when their parents weren’t around?

      • Kingston says:

        @truthSF says:
        “I need all Black parents to please keep these racist f@cks away from our babies!”

        Black brits are a whole diff species of black folk. I really dont get them. BTW I’m a woman of colour, born and raised in a black-majority country.

        The generation of brits who migrated as part of the windrush gen were/are complete royalists. And their offspring, who wd be in their 30s & 40s and therefore, the parents of the kids that cowmilla disrespected in that kindergarten, are not much better than their foreparents.

      • ruth says:

        What got me was the look on that little girl’s face while Cowmilla had her sleeve. I remember feeling that way when I was little and forced to “behave” while someone who creeped me out got to touch me and show fake affection. That little girl was just enduring

      • Cairidh says:

        A black lady on twitter said her childs school would send letters saying a royal would be visiting and asking permission for each child to be photographed with the royal. The lady would refuse permission because she thought royal visits were just a pr stunt and she didn’t want her child to be used in that way. Her little girl would be upset but then later say she was glad she hadn’t been photographed with them because “they weren’t very nice to us anyway”. She didn’t say which royal or royals it was but seemed to imply it was Kate.

    • Truthiness says:

      Yes, and someone said “that’s great, let’s post this to our channel!”

      Nobody on the team could see the problem? Holy sh-t.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Truthiness, Holy sh-t is right! Watching her lift that beautiful little girl’s arm up by her sleeve, reminds me of cleaning up our cat’s puke. Carefully, with a paper towel and concerned it’s going to get on my hands.smh
        Pffft to people excusing it on germs, stickiness, whatever. C&C were hanging around QE2 maskless for a long time.

  8. Lala11_7 says:



    I feel sorry for ANYONE that is exposed to INSTITUTIONAL RACISM…but please…go off on the parents.

  9. Eowyn says:

    These children are all being used. I especially wish they would stop using Black and brown children as props. It’s just racist.I’d be really upset if my children were photographed this way.

    • Truthiness says:

      This is unacceptable behavior. The crying baby is all of us. The monarchy can’t end soon enough.

    • Brenda says:

      I agree. She definitely looked like she didn’t want to touch the little girls wrist. She looked so out of sorts. The palace is now full of racists. They can’t even hide it.

  10. Noor says:

    Poor Camilla!! How old is she ? Over 70 years old ? Time to put up her legs and relax . Since she married King Charles she has to work past her retirement age.

    In a fast changing world, clinging to monarchy seems increasingly irrelevant. Not only are they expensive but you have to create busy work for them to keep public support.

    • Tessa says:

      If Camilla did not want to work over seventy she should have thought of it before. She was not forced to undermine Diana and continue as mistress to Charles. She gets a lot of downtime. I don’t feel sorry for her.

      • Tia says:

        Exactly! She could’ve said to Chuckles when he was still married to Diana that she does NOT want to marry him or be his queen or even do the affair. Or heck should’ve ended it when he got engaged and just be friends. But nope!

      • Lorelei says:

        You can tell Camilla never wanted any of this, is hating every moment of it, and I’m loving that for her. She does the bare minimum and wears the largest jewels she can get her hands on, then peaces out to Raymill, basically.

        I think she would have been perfectly content to be Charles’s “Penny” in an alternate universe in which his relationship with Diana didn’t implode. She seems like she’d be fine remaining a mistress. But Charles managed to do what many previously thought was impossible — marry her and make her his Queen.

        Now she’s stuck doing this sort of thing (personally I’d love giving out Paddington Bears to kids, but clearly she does not, and most of her engagements are not this much “fun”).

        That video, though…I felt as cringey watching it as I do with an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

      • Brenda says:

        No one can replace Diana. She was a Genuine lady. Real. She was one of a kind. I personally can’t stand Camilla or Charles. Diana will forever be a Force to reckon with. Just like a ghost. They deserve each other.

    • Sue E Generis says:

      @Lorelai Isn’t that the conventional wisdom though? That she really was fond of her husband, and sleeping with Charles was just a feather in her cap and she never wanted to marry Charles? Also that she’s incredibly lazy and useless.

      I’m thrilled that she’s now stuck dealing with the constantly whining, tantrum-throwing, needy Charles and has to show her face at engagements she hates.

  11. Julia K says:

    Saw the video. The children appear to pull away and look frightened. Kids know.

    • Angelica Schuyler says:

      Yes. They say that children and animals can always sense when someone is bad news. None of these children wanted to engage with her and they were outwardly frightened by the monster with the stuffed bears.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Angelica, yes. They definitely did not gravitate toward her. She probably scared them. (I’m a grown-ass adult and she’d scare me on sight tbh)

    • Becks1 says:

      The video is awkward AF. Giving out the bears is a nice idea, better than just throwing them away. But yikes that video.

  12. Pam says:

    I’m going to go with the idea that they tossed a coin and decided Camilla was it (vs. Kate). Either one was going to be disastrous. See, had they NOT chased off Meghan and Harry, Meghan would have been a natural for this kind of thing!

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Harry would have been a natural at this too, you can just see him playing on the floor with the kids.

    • Debbie says:

      As Zap B. said, Harry too is great with children — all of them. But now the rest of that dreadful family has to overcompensate every time they’re in a situation with non-whites. They feel they have to get a picture with them, grin a little harder, or (fake) making physical contact. They’re always in that William post-Oprah interview mode of telling the media how much of a non-very-much racist family they are. I swear to God, it’s like the ghost of Meghan’s days as a working royal haunts them.

    • Brenda says:

      I agree. Even the servants would have done better.

  13. Tessa says:

    She finds those cameras and grins. The Paddington bear initiative is sad because it involved the queen who did not have much longer to live

  14. Digital Unicorn says:

    She’s being dragged on Twitter. The whole event was just a bit awkward but Hugh Bonneville reading to those kids made up for her.

    Also it’s England vs USA today at the World Cup. Loser keeps James Cordon. Come on England!!!!!

  15. lleepar says:

    [EXCERPT] “Notably, the bear-distribution operation was not handled whatsoever by Camilla or the palace. No, Barnardo’s children’s charity was tasked with gathering up all of the Paddingtons, washing them and distributing them to kids. Camilla just turned up to claim credit.”

    She’s by far not the first royal to take credit for someone else’s work. But it must be annoying for the workers.

  16. Sophie says:

    OMG, can they not see how incredibly problematic this whole thing looks? I really don’t know what she was thinking! To lift a child’s hand by the sleeve and later to hold the teddy and shake it, as if she were in company of dogs and not people! I mean, wth?

  17. ML says:

    I know that Peggington believes that they are very much not a racist family since the Oprah interview, however, it seems like all the non-Montecito royals very much are. The children look to be nursery school/ preschool age (younger than American kindergartners), and Camzilla is terrible with them. The RF should think about which member has the best interactions with young kids and send that person instead. The plucking of the sleeve shouted that she did not want to touch that poor girl’s hand: who does that?!

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      The members of the family who are best at interacting with kids are in Montecito, California, USA, so…

      • Enigmania says:

        @brassyrebel: I let out a RAUCOUS ROAR of a laugh that was surely heard by my neighbours at your comment 😆😆😆😆😅😂🤣🥲… the way you nonchalantly ended it with “so…”

      • ruth says:

        IKR? Remember when H&M went to visit a school, asked the school what they needed and sent the school a washer & dryer, because that was what they needed? Not teddy bears that laid in the streets for days.

    • Debbie says:

      Well, to the extent that they give any thought to who would actually be good at an upcoming event, I think that their thought process is 1) Who needs credit for something? 2) This is never about the charity or actually trying to be of service, it’s about making the RF look good, and 3) How hard can it be to interact with small children? I don’t think that their thinking goes much deeper than that.

  18. equality says:

    I wonder how many of those fancy tags survived until the children got the bears home. Most children I know don’t like to leave tags on toys.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      When my great niece was a toddler, she wanted the tags left on. She fingered them to self soothe. We learned quickly to never remove tags!

  19. Eurydice says:

    As much as I think Camilla is horrible, I’m kind of in sympathy with her here. I’d be awkward too, if faced with a room full of infants and toddlers who have no idea who I am and no interest in why I’m there. I wouldn’t know what to do when presented with a squirming, sobbing baby who’s been forced to wear a crown or what to say to a random toddler who’s been interrupted from her play – and I think it’s a weird expectation that a random adult should be embracing random children.

    If they really wanted to get the children’s attention, they should have brought cake and ice cream.

    • Laura D says:

      Great call Eurydice. Cake, ice cream accompanying the marmalade sandwiches, would have meant lots of screaming, yelling and fun! They could have given out the bears at the end of the visit, after they’d read a few lines from a Paddington book. Yes, there might have been a few tears from the excitement of it all but, these are toddlers and formality is (quite rightly) not yet in their vocabulary. 🙂

    • Tessa says:

      She did not have to go there. She likes attention. I have no sympathy for her

      • Eurydice says:

        Well, she’s the patron and at least she visited – not like Kate who can’t be bothered. And, at this point, it doesn’t matter if she likes attention or not; she’s going to get it no matter what she does. We can drag her, hate her for her past and nitpick about her every action in the present, but that’s not what the general press is saying about this particular moment – they’re showing a happy little event with a lot of people, not just Camilla, trying to do something nice for children – and there are other videos that aren’t as weird and awkward as this one. This won’t change anyone who has a fixed opinion of her, but it might give a holiday moment to those who don’t care one way or the other.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I know I wouldn’t show up in a dress, hose, heels, and top-handle bag, with Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets on my wrists. I’d show up ready to interact with toddlers wearing jeans, sneakers, a sweater, and a big smile on my face. How hard is that?

    • Emily_C says:

      I would also be awkward, but what Camilla was wasn’t “awkward.” She was racist. Who would even think to lift a child’s sleeve like that? Camilla is not the slightest bit shy, any more than Kate or Will or Charles. She just does not care about other people, and doesn’t care who knows it.

      Btw, Meghan is shy. I recognized this before she talked about it.

      • QuiteContrary says:

        Exactly this Emily C. I felt pure rage like others here when I saw this video.
        These beautiful children deserve so much more than a photo op with a racist QINO (thanks Flower for this perfect term).

      • Eurydice says:

        I didn’t say anything about Meghan, but ok. I think this is all a matter of perception – I see an awkward person trying to make a show of connecting with a child. Maybe she was trying to lift the child’s hand and got the sleeve instead, I don’t know. Others are seeing a raging racist who can’t stand to be in the same room with black children.

        It all comes down to whom you like. My personal feeling is that strange adults should not be hugging or touching other people’s children, no matter who they are – no matter if I admire Meghan and Diana. But, for some reason the public has always wanted to see their public figures show a love for children.

      • Emily_C says:

        “Got the sleeve instead” — how. How would that be a possible thing.

        I love the escalation. “Can’t stand to be in a room with black children”, huh? No, she can’t stand touching them. It’s of the she’s-not-racist-because-she’s-not-lynching-people category. Also, you like Camilla? Uh. Okay. That’s pretty gross, to like someone who participated in abusing and gaslighting the very young wife of the man she was having an affair with.

    • Kim says:

      Feel sorry for her! He!! no! She got what she coveted. So did Charles. No longer will he be showed up in public by a beautiful, caring women. He makes sure of that. Diana’s dead. Kate’s miserable and reined in and Megan said he!! no and ran off with his spare. Camilla will be written in the history books as Queen Consort just like she wanted.

    • Brenda says:

      Sorry for you. Little children are fun to be around. I worked Mother/Baby for years and loved it. If you feel awkward with children either work on it or stay away from them. Because they can feel how you actually feel about them.

      • Eurydice says:

        Lol, if little children can feel my discomfort, they certainly don’t show it. I’m usually the one is swarmed by children – they want to show me their dinosaurs and spaceships and tell me all their stories. Which is fine, I’m polite and I listen just as I would for an adult.

  20. kyliegirl says:

    The royals keep telling on themselves. They keep trying to make fetch happen with Camilla and she keeps showing her true colors. Despite all the PR making her seem like the affable, easy going woman you want to have a boozy wine lunch with, she is still the schemer who fed the BM “stories” on Diana, Harry and William as well as other members of the RF to show Charles that she was the only one he could trust. It is not Harry who is the weak one with Meghan pulling the reigns. It is Charles and Camilla who fit this bill. They just thrust this story line on Harry and Meghan to smear them. Camilla and Charles are the ultimate gaslighters.

    • Surly Gale says:

      Anything you can do I can do worse…. you’re exactly right @kyliegirl! Their (a) copying the good stuff (poorly) and (b) projecting the worst stuff as ‘California classlessness’ is how they keep H&M in their storylines.

    • Angelica Schuyler says:

      Can you please repeat this a thousand times, because this right here is the absolute truth!!!!!!

    • Tessa says:

      Camilla went to Stuart Higgins the sun editor for 10 years during the c and d.marriage. Higgins confirmed this. She pretended to be friends with Diana. I think she talks about Kate and her family behind their backs despite the buddy buddy photos with Kate

      • Kim says:

        Agreed. Its where her power lies. Just like her husband. Talk people down constantly so you look better…..

    • Brenda says:

      I agree with you!!

  21. Athena says:

    I’ll give Camilla a pass on this one. Some people are just not that interested in other people’s children. This being a daycare, given the age group, major germ carriers, it’s best for a 70 something to keep a distance.

    I didn’t realize that Camilla could use the “R” after her name, I thought that was reserved for the actual monarch.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      Then why go?! Why not just send along the bears with your best wishes?

      They go because they want the photo ops of being surrounded by diverse children. So if you’re going to use little BIPOC children to try to boost your own nasty, racist image, the very least you could do is to interact with the kids in a kind and genuine manner. If you can’t even do that minimum – if she can’t even touch the hand of a Black child without looking grossed out – then Cams and the rest of that family should keep their racist asses at home. I really don’t get – with all the evidence we have – why people continue to make excuses for them or give them a pass.

    • Ang says:

      What does the “R” mean?

      • Rapunzel says:

        Ang- the R is for Rottweiler. 😉

      • Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

        The “R” stands for Rex when Charles uses it and Regina when Camilla uses it.

      • tamsin says:

        The R stands for Regina, meaning Queen in Latin. Charles’s R would mean Rex, meaning king. A regnant queen would have a number after her name. No number means a consort. Don’t know who planned the event, but shouldn’t they have had a bear for each child? Better yet, they could still have had the story about the bears coming from BP, but let the teachers/caregivers hand out the story, instead of using all the children as props? I watched the video, and Camilla did pick up the little girl’s arm and held it for a mili-second after she tried to pull it up by the sleeve. The key thing is, none of the children seem to know who Camilla was, and perhaps she should have been the one to read a story to the children. I’m sure they don’t know who Bonneville is either.

      • Debbie says:

        @Rapunzel’s answer is also acceptable in this case — for all those “giving Camilla a pass” on the back of the children’s dignity. It must be nice to be able to forgive someone for slighting a third party.

    • Tessa says:

      Sophie could have been sent instead of camilla

    • Emily_C says:

      The comments about how Camilla probably just doesn’t care about other people’s children, or is awkward around them — no. That is not it. I say this as a person who does not enjoy being around children at all, and am very happy to not have children of my own (unless cats count.) But I would never in a billion years behave the way Camilla did. That sleeve thing she did? WTF is that? Who would that even occur to? I think we know the answer.

  22. mtos says:

    This woman has no charm at all. And the kids clearly do not want to be around her.

    • ruth says:

      Even Kate’s own children don’t seem to like her.

    • SURE says:

      She’s great fun in a gossipy sort of way according to RRs like RE. Remember her gossip about Biden breaking wind at COP26 made tabloid headlines.

  23. HeyKay says:

    Awful. I don’t like any of this, using children as props is awful.

  24. Mslove says:

    Of course it was cringe, Camilla’s heart wasn’t in it. She was there for the photo op.

  25. Veda says:

    Too all those saying Cowmilla just wanted to see the bangle- Did she not realise that there was a tiny human attached to the bangle she was lifting? This does not an excuse make.

    • Formerly Lithe says:

      EXACTLY…and it says a lot about anyone who would offer such a defense.

    • SURE says:

      I’ve never lifted someone’s bangle off their wrist like that just because I wanted to see it. How many people would even do that? The dehumanisation of that little girl was just about a lousy photo op to embiggen an even lousier woman.

  26. smee says:

    So, she re-gifted some bears. Doesn’t even look like enough for all the children present.

    • JanetDR says:

      That is really bothering me too (not as much as the sleeve thing but…). How hard would it be for someone to call and see how many kids were there today or how many expected and pick up a few more bears if necessary?

  27. TheOriginalMia says:

    Stop using children, especially black children, as props. Whatever her intention was, the video is all anyone is talking about. I don’t agree Kate should have come instead. She isn’t any better at this than Camilla.

  28. Truthiness says:

    Diana and Meghan both would have been aces at an event like this. With Camilla, it’s like fingernails scraping a chalkboard. This is the real Camilla unmasked for all to see, a rich old racist.

  29. NA says:

    “Ooh, ooh, Your Majesty…it’s a little black child. Hug it, hug it. Ahhh, there you go, very much not a racist family.”
    Sighhhhh, this family.

  30. Beverley says:

    There’s a stark similarity in the way Cam deliberately avoided touching that Black toddler’s skin, in the much the same way Charles very obviously skipped over shaking that Black man’s hand a few weeks ago. It was caught on camera and the film was released. That’s how normalized it is for the “not very racist” royals to openly show their avoidance and disdain for non-white people.

    Contrast this standoffishness with Harry and Meghan’s easy embrace of Amanda Gorman. Harry is the only royal who is capable of treating Black people as equals to white people. It’s impossible for the other royals to even begin to comprehend.

  31. Monlette says:

    Camilla and her image rehab. I believe in previous years she put together gift bags for rape victims including fancy soap, which I thought is a lovely idea, but when they asked her how to put together a basket, she admitting she didn’t know how and she had other people do it. That was the moment I first disliked her. Not knowing how she befriended Diana to gain her trust before the wedding.

  32. Harper says:

    Well the Windsors’ insistence on using small black children to deflect from what they did to Meghan and Archie is really backfiring now. They are so focused on race that they completely ignored the fact that these children were way too little to perform for the cameras. And to have Camilla, a stranger, waltz in there and start touching them and picking them up was gross and ignorant. They deserved the racist bad vibe that this visit gave off. You could see that the first child sitting at the desk that Camilla encounters had no time for her and it went downhill from there. They are so desperate to look like they have the magic touch with people of color but it just blows up in their faces. I bet Camilla’s on the phone right now telling the Daily Fail how to catch Burger King at his next solo night out to deflect from this debacle.

    • Pam says:

      I came here to say what you just said! Every time they try to show they’re marvelous with people of color it completely blows up in their faces. I think it’s also an issue of class. They simply think in their heart of hearts that they are above everyone else.

      • Jais says:

        💯 agree with this. “They simply think in their heart of hearts that they are above everyone else.” Above other white people and without a doubt above POC. Racist and classist.

  33. L4Frimaire says:

    It looked awkward and she seemed to really not like interacting with the kids. This should have been a fun no-brainer event but Camilla does not project warmth and seems uncomfortable. It didn’t seem fun or festive, and it could have been. Did she or anyone read the kids an Paddington story? Even what she’s wearing seems wrong. Should have been a cosy sweater and slacks. I’m trying to be nice because a lot of people were offended by how cold she was with those kids. They were used as props when they should have been the focus. Even with little kids, you need to treat them with respect and work the room.

  34. Tessa says:

    She needs a good hair spray and conditioner. Her hair looks out of control and not combed

    • DrDoolittle says:

      If you look back on Camille, she has had the same hair style for her entire life. Its not flattering and she needs to change it. I am older than her and have fewer wrinkles. Also please stop comparing her to Kate. Kate is raising three children and she is doing her part.

      • equality says:

        So where did Tessa compare her to Kate? And doing her part is raising her own children?

      • Tessa says:

        Why is it heroic for Kate to raise three children plus William helps raise them too. Of course Camilla wears the same hairdo but her hairdresser could help keep it from being fly away and messy lookong.

  35. Monlette says:

    My heart goes out to the editor. Finding five minutes of usable footage of the queen consort surround by adorable babies must have sounded like the easiest job in the world.
    Image how bad the rest of it must have been if it was cut. They must of wondered if they got the outtake reel by mistake.
    I’ll bet you anything the part with the staffer loading the bears into the car was filmed later.

  36. SueBarbri33 says:

    I’ve always thought the connection between QEII and Paddington bear was quite weak anyway. I realize it was part of the sketch from the Jubilee film, but before this year had we ever heard of QEII and anything at all to do with Paddington? I mean, it wasn’t like she is known for reading the books to her children or that she always loved them growing up or anything like that, right? My (admittedly cynical) assumption is that the courtiers saw a few people leaving a few bears at the gates during the funeral situation, and they jumped on the bandwagon/snuck a few hundred into the flowers. It just didn’t feel organic to me. If I were going to leave a stuffed animal in honor of the queen, I would have looked for a corgi or a racehorse instead of Paddington Bear. But getting back to Camilla, they shouldn’t even bother forcing her to do these events with children. They’ve tried to portray her as a witty woman, somebody you’d want to sit with and gossip with over a dirty martini or something, but even her interactions with adults are strange. She must be awful in person. Just absolutely dreadful. I don’t think she’s a sharp-wit, I think she’s just mean. There’s a difference!

    • ruth says:

      I know I’ve already said it, but I was completely underwhelmed that they thought regifting stuffed animals that laid in the streets for days was a great idea.

      They are effing billionaires and this is the best they can do at a time when people can’t afford to heat their homes and buy food?

      Its time to abolish the useless monarchy

  37. MangoAngelesque says:

    Charles’ Queen is so NOT a queen. She hated every moment of being that close to children, and couldn’t even hide it. The Queen was a lot of things, but one thing she was great at was making people excited to see her, happy to be around her. Can you imagine QC Cam dressing specifically to stand out in people’s photos because they love being able to spot her easily?

  38. Well Wisher says:

    The children seemed to show no interest in her visit.
    Their actions negated her gaffe?

    This should not have been a be a PR exercise in the first place.

  39. Soporificat says:

    The shot inside the limousine of the one small basket of (second hand) stuffed animals sitting inside a huge luxury vehicle with liveried staff was really jarring. These people are surrounding by immense luxury and comfort, and this one small basket is what they can just eke out to offer to their “subjects.” Gross. That back seat should have been filled with bears. Makes me feel revolutionary…

    But, it’s an excellent symbol of nature of “royalty” and other ultra-wealthy people.

    • Debbie says:

      I know people bringing up the “luxury” vs. second-hand, and inadequate number of stuffed toys are being sincere and making great points but I just can’t help feeling that they are showing up exactly who they are, and we must believe them instead of trying to make them more thoughtful or better at their jobs. By bringing leftover toys that have been lying on the ground to these children, the RF is telling us what they think of the children.

      They are also, I think, showing their approach to their “work”, which is “We don’t care about the actual number of kids we’ll meet; we just thought it was a brilliant idea to get good press from toys we didn’t even buy.” That’s all there was to it. So, in this case, making a phone call to find out the number of kids was unnecessary for the royal family’s purposes and buying more toys (perish the thought!) to make up for any deficit would cut into their profit margin — they got these bears for free, remember? I bet they were very proud of themselves for coming up with this idea.

  40. Tessa says:

    I did not care for that film of the queen with paddington.it was cloying imo.

  41. Chantal says:

    I’m cosigning with everyone who rightfully blasted Cams for her blatantly racist acts towards these babies and asking WTH to those defending her. Also, with all of those bears left by the public during the mourning period, how dare she show up and not have enough bears for all of those children. No one did a head count when planning this disastrous photo op?? Are the “advisors”/grey men deliberately sabotaging the RF? I mean the # of eff-ups have definitely and noticeably increased…

  42. lucy2 says:

    Well that was terribly awkward. Those children were far too young to know or care who she is, they were all either shy/frightened, or completely disinterested, and she did seem quite uncomfortable attempting to interact with them.

    That said, I love the idea of gathering all those Paddingtons, rather than just disposing of them, and cleaning and giving them to young kids. A great way to reuse them and something special for the kids/their parents. The group that actually conceived the idea and did all the work should be applauded for it.

  43. ChattyCath says:

    I always understood TQ always wore gloves to prevent infection being passed on. I can’t understand why this is no longer ‘protocol’. I have two Grandkids I see regularly who each interact with thirty other kids in class. I am elderly with poor immunity and I’m sick AGAIN. Everyone jokes about kids and their (non hygienic) habits. This has become so much more of an issue because of the BRF trying to copy Meghan whose close personal contact with crowds I found hair raising. Stupid, vindictive and racist and trying to prove they’re not will be their undoing, what a mess

    • Cathy says:

      Queen Elizabeth wore gloves because it was the way she was brought up… you wore gloves when you went out, and a hat too. I think we sometimes forget that she was brought up between the two world wars by old fashion parents?

      • Blithe says:

        It’s stunning — to me, anyway, to realize that Queen Elizabeth and even Charles got at least some of their sense of what it meant to be royal directly from
        Queen Mary who was born in 1867.

  44. Claire says:

    This was so, so strange!!!!!

  45. CherriePie84 says:

    The “gesture” is so sill and Cowmilla looks so awkward and out of touch! The kids don’t need Paddington Teddies. I’m not so sold that she was being racist though, she clearly doesn’t know how to interact around this age group. She did initiate contact with the little girl by holding on to her clothes at first but then she held the child’s hand straight after (or am I seeing something different?) The baby just was not interested in having Cowmilla around. These people are so entitled, useless and out of touch with reality

  46. Debbie says:

    What do you mean “Stop lifting children by the cuffs?” There were no tongs available, so what was Camilla supposed to do? I mean, she just had to take the obligatory photo-op with a child of color, so she NATURALLY used the child’s shirt as a makeshift glove. See? Simple.

    Seriously though, why won’t these people leave children alone? Just go about your performance and leave the children out of it. The children were clearly ignoring her, and that’s okay. (Children will always be themselves, they don’t care who you are). But she just had to nudge some of them, touch others on the head, anything to get their attention for the camera. Suddenly, out went the royal edict about “No touching” — unless that edict only went one way, as in don’t touch the royal family but they can touch, fondle, fold, and mutilate whoever they want… These people are embarrassing.

  47. SueBarbri33 says:

    All the pro-Camilla bots are trying to get everybody to “watch the full film,” but the fully released video of the visit is just as embarrassing as the four-second clip with the sleeve. At the end Camilla is standing up and holding the bears and trying to give the bears away, while the children and their teachers sit on the floor and gaze up at her with nothing but confusion in their faces. As I said earlier, it’s one thing not to connect with the little toddlers, but this woman is the Queen of England and even the adults aren’t interested in her. I mean…her celebrity alone should be enough to at least raise a few eyebrows, but not much happens. No one is excited to see her.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t see how the bots even could spin Camilla’s picking up the child’s hand to look at the bracelet. It looked weird and cold to that child.

      • Beverley says:

        The “bots” who excuse Camilla’s cold, dehumanization of that child are people who also dehumanize non-white children. Of course they will trip over themselves to excuse this behavior. They don’t feel any more human kindness towards non-whites than does Queen Sidepiece. They may not like or support KC’s mistress, but they are altogether quite comfortable watching Black toddlers treated with disdain.

  48. Therese says:

    Yesterday was my positive day and grateful day, so trying to continue that, what I see positive about this is: the darling young man helping Camilla with Paddington, he was so cute and having so much fun. HUGH BONNEVILLE!!!! I love and have always loved Bonneville. He read to the children? I wish I could have seen that. Someone got their hands finally on Camilla’s hair (dare I say anything about hair?) Finally they at least got her to quit the curtain part and have a side part, which is more attractive. The children are so adorable. OK, I can’t help it: Camilla can’t help but snarl at people, as Diana, who had great instincts said, she is a Rottweiler.

  49. Tessa says:

    I watched about the minute of coverage the networks in the USA gave this story. It seemed tacky to see those bears being put in washing machines to clean them–this was shown in tv coverage. Why not buy NEW bears for those children.

    • Vexxy says:

      I kind of feel like thoroughly cleaning them and giving them out is far better than throwing them away or just stuffing them away in storage forever.

      • Blithe says:

        I partly agree. I think it would have been great to offer them —for free, to anyone who wanted one. Passing them out like this to tiny kids really rubs me the wrong way. In general, I wouldn’t give “cleaned” toys to children young enough to chew them and sleep with them. To me this smacks of such toys being “good enough” for vulnerable kids who have already known trauma — while Princess Charlotte gets another pony.

      • equality says:

        @Blithe Yes. Give them or even sell them to people who want them as a collectible and use the money to buy a variety of stuffed toys so that the children can pick their favorite type instead of all the same. A king who really cared about the environment and people would have suggested people donate somewhere in honor of the Queen instead of putting things out that would have to be cleaned up and possibly tossed if badly soiled. The RF just wanted the optics of things in the streets to prove how much they are beloved. It wouldn’t be surprising if the courtiers were running around putting out some of the tributes.

  50. Prozacboi says:

    Being an American I’ve never really understood the whole royalty thing but Charles and Camilla just don’t seem fit to be admired.

  51. Cathy says:

    There’s a whole lot going on here. Firstly, it seems to me this group of children were too young to understand what was going on? Maybe a year older would have been better? But these little ones are really more interested in the crafts than some woman coming in with some bears? The kids were beautifully behaved especially with all those strangers around.

    It would have been sad to destroy all those bears so I’m glad there was a way to clean them and hope more distributed? Popping the bears in a Black cab for the journey was sorta-kinda cute. But reminded me of the weird trip across town that William sent a few Anzac biscuits a couple of years back. Bit of a failure then and now?

    As for Camilla picking up the little girl’s sleeve, I suspect she was trying to interact with her by saying the bracelet was pretty. But the girl was too little and had no idea who this woman was? Some people are better with kids that are a little older and they can talk to them? Camilla does interact with slightly older children at her yearly Christmas party better?

    Sadly this just all looked so awkward.

  52. LaurenAPMT says:

    Kate may be all about the jazz hands and frozen photo ops, but she loves being around children. This should have been tasked to her.

    • Beverley says:

      Kkkhate does not “love being around children”, especially Black children. She demonstrated her discomfort for the whole world to see during the Caribbean Flop Tour. The narrative that Mute OfWilliam is so great with the “early years” doesn’t hold water when she’s faced with non-white children. What’s the deal with these royals (and many white folks in general)?!? They behave that somehow Black children are a fundamentally different species than white children.

      • Brenda says:

        That’s how dumb they are. People are people, we all bleed red. The color of our skin should Not matter, but unfortunately some people are still racists.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      LaurenAPMT, OfWilliam doesn’t love to be around any children of color, and that shows in her interaction with them.

    • Nic919 says:

      She didn’t bother being around her own nephew so let’s not pretend she’s cares about kids if it’s not a photo op. She also doesn’t like older kids who see through her bs so she will stick with the pre verbal ones to avoid that issue.

  53. WatchingATrainwreck says:

    Does Camilla have Parkinson’s? She has a noticeable tremor in her right hand. Also, why aren’t these events organized around the strengths of the royals rather than their weaknesses. It happens so often, you almost think it’s deliberate at this point. Or their total lack of self awareness overrides the judgement of their handlers. That and/or a refusal to do things differently and the public’s loss of tolerating the behavior of royals in public. Of course, as an American, I am appalled at the public behavior & speech of some of our politicians which is suddenly being applauded instead of condemned. I guess I’m failing to understand, or am in sync with people today.

  54. Dani says:

    This video is so awkward and cringy. Why would the BRF post it publicly? Camilla clearly does not have a way with small children, regardless of their race.

  55. Murphy says:

    I’m trying to think of someone in the family who would be soft and gentle enough to do this…
    Uh they should have just let Lord Grantham do it himself.

  56. AnneL says:

    I like the general idea of cleaning the stuffed Paddington Bears left on the streets in the thousands and giving them to kids. I have no problem in theory with Camilla paying a visit to a pre-school to gift them. But she’s clearly just the wrong person for the job and boy does she tell on herself!

    I wouldn’t have expected much better, but in a way Cam is an enigma to me. I hold very negative opinions on her based on, well, history, and “The Crown” S4 (though they were pretty darned kind to her in Season 5). But I didn’t have enough info to say “yeah, she’s a (the?) racist” until this.

    She seems uncomfortable around little kids, which is not a crime in and of itself. Not everyone likes kids. But the way she picked up that girl’s sleeve? WTF? She looked like she was thinking about buying the bracelet and/or the girl and wanted to inspect them more closely. It was so weird and awkward and awful.

    I am middle aged but I still remember being chided for not wanting to hug adults other than my parents. It was gentle chiding. My parents were generally quite good about respecting my autonomy. They meant well, but it made me feel badly. It’s true, kids deserve bodily autonomy too. Don’t expect them to be thrilled about being touched by strangers, or even about being offered stuffed bears. And especially not about being grabbed by the sleeve! Yikes

  57. Over it says:

    I am late to the game . I watched that video. The one with her holding the child bracelet or sleeve , can’t tell which one and the one when she is side hugging the girl. First one, Camilla is a racist. It wasn’t a matter of who was the royal racist that asked about Archie skin color.Bottom line is they are all racist. It was more a matter of which of those racist asses was bold enough to ask that question out loud to Harry. Second, no one picks up a person bracelet while they are wearing it to look at it . Since that’s the excuse I keep seeing popping up in some of these comments. You would hold the person hand to look at the bracelet. Camilla just didn’t want to touch the black child , end of . Second video. The moment her photo opp was over , she removed her hand that was holding the little girl hand and looked at it like she just picked up dog poop with her bare hands.
    I need people to stop making excuses for racism. If Camilla doesn’t want to be around children, then she is queen b, pick another charity photo opp. If she doesn’t want to touch children, that’s simple don’t. The children didn’t ask her to touch them , she forced her raw hide face in their little faces.
    We are done with the excuses. If you can’t or don’t want to see what’s right in front of your faces, that’s on you, but I refused to stand idly by and contribute to the farce that Camilla was uncomfortable or whatever else bull is being written in her defense. She is a racist. Period.

  58. Annalise says:

    I intensely dislike Camilla and for her nickname, I vote for Bride of Chucky.
    Regarding the child being treated like a dirty dish rag being thrown away; I hate to say it but I think she was actually looking at the child’s bracelet, a bracelet that I THINK I saw, but it also might be the cuff of the child’s shirt. Just saying, I think that’s a possibility.

  59. Silent Star says:

    I think she looked bad more because of the poor event planning than anything else. Of course toddlers would look disinterested and terrified if a group of strange adults came into their familiar place of comfort. Of course they would resist talking to and accepting gifts from strangers! That’s what they are taught, so it’s confusing.

    It should have been older kids and just her with a camera operator. She would have had some cute video moments and conversations that way. Her PR team is terrible at this.