Courtiers are still upset about the way QEII’s ‘Queen Camilla’ sign-off happened

There has been a sustained campaign over the past year to make “Queen Camilla” not only palatable, but someone “beloved.” They can never tell the truth about the bodies in the streets which Camilla has left in her wake, nor can they put a bow on Camilla and Charles’s marriage knowing full well how many lives they destroyed. Currently, Camilla’s popularity is pretty low, at least depending on which make-believe poll you look at. One poll, published in the Telegraph, claims that Camilla and the Duchess of Sussex are “the least popular family members,” which begs the question… why are they still f–king polling on Meghan? Anyway, curiously enough, Page Six did a big piece about why the queen consort is terrible and terribly unpopular. Some highlights:

Tina Brown on Camilla’s coronation: “Camilla’s is the greatest image rehab in history. She deserves a crown just for toughing it out.”

Strong-arming QEII: The decades-long image-rehabilitation campaign came to its most dramatic moment last year, when there was a “sustained campaign” to “strong arm” Queen Elizabeth to endorse Camilla as queen consort shortly before her death, multiple sources claimed. On February 5, 2022 — the eve of her Platinum Jubilee — the late Queen wrote in a touching letter: “And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort as she continues her own loyal service.” But the entire affair left a sour taste in some courtiers’ mouths, with the announcement overshadowing a day of supreme emotion for Charles’ mother. February 6 was not just the 70th anniversary of her becoming queen, it was the anniversary of her beloved father, King George V’s, death.

Courtiers were upset with Charles: Being willing to take the spotlight from Queen Elizabeth, the source said, was a sign to some of the aggression of Charles’ campaign to make Camilla queen. “There was a sustained behind-the-scenes campaigning to get Queen Elizabeth to publicly endorse the title ‘Queen Consort’; the news hijacked the jubilee,” one palace source told Page Six. “Why not let her have her day?”

Charles & Camilla are only popular because of QEII: The new king and queen are basking in the glow of his mother, the source said: “You have the knock-on effect from the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and the queen’s funeral. There is a general warm glow over everything royal.”

Memories of Diana: But for those who care for Diana, Saturday’s crowning brings different emotions. A source who was very close to Diana told Page Six: “To celebrate Camilla’s coronation will be very, very difficult. Supporters of Diana just know that she had a raw deal and will take no pleasure from what they see on Saturday.” Those Diana loyalists see Camilla’s victory as having come to a price of defeat for Diana. They say that many of the guests in Westminster Abbey are the friends of Charles who privately trashed the princess’ mental health in whispered conversations in aristocratic drawing rooms and during fox hunts. “Camilla is the one who benefited from all of this; her man is now king. It is dirty work, no way around it,” the source said.

[From Page Six]

It’s beyond clear that last year, QEII wanted to give Prince Andrew the money to settle out of court with Virginia Giuffre, so a quid pro quo was worked out: Charles got his mother to sign off on “Queen Camilla,” and in exchange, Charles signed off on giving Andrew the money and “protecting” Andrew long-term. The thing is, as we know now, QEII was in pretty bad shape. I would argue that it wasn’t really Charles “strong-arming” his mother and more like Charles making the decision, as de facto regent, to simply force his mother to sign off on Queen Camilla. Even the wording from QEII’s statement was purely Charles – his office wrote it, and QEII’s office signed off on it and that was that. And yes, everyone knows that some variation of that situation went down, that a frail and elderly queen was manipulated twenty different ways by her sons and her staffers. There’s a reason why Harry made a point of saying that he visited her to make sure she had the right people around her.

As for the stuff about Diana basically haunting the proceedings… yes. Camilla will never be beloved or even liked by the general public. It’s not just the Diana-fans who were around to witness Charles and Camilla’s appalling behavior, it’s all of the new generations of people who simply think that Camilla is a racist, manipulative old horse.

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  1. SarahCS says:

    On the one hand – ‘why not let her have her day’ – her face is literally on our money, but also yes to the rest of this. Please keep talking about how awful these people are.

    Diana may be gone from this world but she is not forgotten.

    • JustBitchy says:

      That will be a first. An equine on currency

    • Andrea says:

      Exactly what I was thinking… everyday was her day. Everyday of her life she was the bride of her wedding day!

    • Geegee says:

      This vile woman is a gold digging homewrecker! No one likes a gold digging homewrecker.

  2. Tessa says:

    Just what did Camilla tough out. Her spin doctors were hard at work and writers like penny and tina wrote propaganda books about diana which put down Diana and praised Camilla to the skies.

    • Well Wisher says:

      None of it worked, according to one of those polls Queen Camilla is polling at 14%. Silence and good work would’ve produced more.

      They have to prove themselves worthy..

  3. Lorelei says:

    Incredible— they weren’t even mad at the fact that the BRF was going back on their years-long lie that Camilla would never be called Queen, they were upset — AGAIN— that it “overshadowed” the Queen’s “big day.” These people and their constant obsession with overshadowing one another, JFC!

  4. ThatsNotOkay says:

    After playing along with her crimes all these years, is the press really going to try to knock Camilla down a peg just to show her who’s boss? I guess so!

  5. Of course he strong armed her she was deteriorating in health and he took advantage. He is such a crap son that he went foraging for mushrooms as she lay dying.

    • Doppelgangers R'Us says:

      @SUSAN COLLINS I always thought the story about mushrooms a cover. I think he was out calling his people, where he would not be overheard.
      It’s just my take on what the weasel was doing. But it does fit his MO.

  6. Miranda says:

    Personally, I’ve always thought that the controversy over Camzilla’s title was a bit silly anyway. No one has forgotten, nor will they ever, who and what she really is. Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Consort, Queen Consort…it’s all so much poorly-applied lipstick on a homewrecking, mean girl pig.

  7. Shirley says:

    I still think that Camilla and her ex husband have been using Charles all along to ensure wealth, position and titles for their children, that Andrew Parker Bowles would never have been able to provide. They remain close, probably laughing behind hapless Charles’ back.

    • LadyE says:

      I mean, from Tatler:

      ‘They are joined at the hip. He arranges so much for her,’ one friend told the publication of Parker Bowles’ warm relationship with his ex-wife. ‘They have lunch together the whole time. He’s right in there. He was always, and still is, Camilla’s co-conspirator.’

      Co-conspirator??? The sheer brazenness, my goodness, they don’t even try to hide it

      • Lorelei says:

        If Charles wasn’t such a complete piece of shit as a human being and especially as a husband and father, this might actually make me feel a little bit sorry for him. But alas.

      • LadyE says:

        @Lorelei – same. The way my eyebrow jumped up my forehead though when I read that, whoo! It doesn’t make me feel bad for Charles exactly (a little to be honest), but it does make me question what was going on in the palaces these last few decades since their wedding. It kind of resets the power struggles for me in a way, where I’m not really sure if the courtiers were Charles v K&W and not actually reading the situation differently and aligning with Camilla. I’m not really sure where that left Charles exactly. None of that excuses Charles for acquiescing and not defending his sons (yes I include William as a historic victim in the palace briefings), nor am I convinced that he was a passive player and not totally onboard with Camilla. But, it raises questions, I think

  8. aquarius64 says:

    Camilla. Anne Boleyn 2.0. She better watch her back because apparently she has no true support in BP.

    • MSTJ says:

      One day she’ll likely overplay her hand with the tabloids or others jostling for relevance. It actually puts some perspective on her living arrangements, not permanently residing with Charles but instead at her own home much of the time. In that regard, she has been watching her back with the palace folks. Now she’s Queen, it will likely be more stressful to negotiate that lifestyle especially with numerous engagements to appear at with Charles. When QEII and the Sussexes were on the working roster, Camilla didn’t have to attend as many engagements but now with less working royals, she’ll have to step it up or she can also say “shove it” now that she has attained what she wanted, and chill at her home as she pleases. She might tell the other royals they have to “step up” to pick up the slack. Hahaha 🤣 Actually, as I typed this I realized how funny this could all become for me to watch. A proper royal soap opera reality show – The Reign of Camilla and Charles. Let’s go Windsors.

  9. Jais says:

    Eh, Tina Brown is wrong. it’s not the greatest rehab in history. Most people still don’t really like her. And she roughed it out through undercover media manipulations. It’s not some epically grand story. Just a sordid one. And what are they smoking that they think there is still a warm glow? The Celtic fans would like a word.

    • QuiteContrary says:

      That line jumped out at me, too, Jais.

      If there’s a “general warm glow over everything royal,” I hope it’s from a fire burning just out of sight, waiting to consume the monarchy.

    • Well Wisher says:

      A lot of people stopped caring, which is worse….

      There is just emotional distance…
      They do not have a stake in her title, maybe see it as cheapened.

  10. MSTJ says:

    No wonder he had to run away from her bedside at Balmoral to hunt for mushrooms. What he did to QEII was probably on his conscience. It wasn’t enough to manipulate Diana to get his way for him and Camilla. QEII seems to have paid a hefty price also.

    You reap what you sow. Looks like Charles sowed much disharmony, discontent, pain, isolation, loneliness in his family. Maybe there is enough good sowed in other places to harvest while he reigns. Let’s see what the future holds, the present seems rather chaotic.

    • Rackel says:

      I won’t hold it against him that he possible went mushroom hunting to process his grief. What I will always say, is making her say that “queen consort” bit is what pushed her health over. You have Andrew, husband passed, and now here comes Charles with Camilla. It’s too much.

    • Rnot says:

      Elizabeth reaped what she sowed by neglecting her children. Remember she left him for more than a month when he was three years old and didn’t even hug him when she returned. Choosing mushrooms over her deathbed seems like a mirror of her own priorities. Diana herself said that the only thing Charles learned about love from his parents was shaking hands. Now Charles is reaping what he sowed by neglecting his own children.

  11. SUMODO1 says:

    There’s a sin in the Bible: “Running to do evil.” Camilla’s face is the epitome of that. She can’t look sweet with that evil glee in her eyes.

  12. Mary Pester says:

    @JAIS, yep, it’s like saying that the local alcoholic has been rehabilitated as you pour him into a taxi. This woman is a disgrace, a manipulative, scheming old shrew, who I hope never knows a moments peace. The crowds should hold up pictures of Diana as they yell “not my queen” and I hope that after the oil Burns her ugly head, the throne collapses under her. You never now, our man Harry could open his jacket to show a beautiful picture of his mum on his shirt. And Charlie, you are a terrible, terrible father and you were a terrible, selfish son. I hope one day she is caught in a REALLY compromising situation with her ex husband!!

    • Blithe says:

      Somewhere I read that while Charles will be anointed behind a curtain, Camilla will be fully visible for hers. I’m half-expecting that there will be a sizzling sound, or a thunderclap, and a whiff of brimstone. Something appropriately noxious, anyway. I’m hoping that there will be more than a few Diana masks and pictures visible in the crowds.

      • QuiteContrary says:

        This is yet more proof that their advisers hate C&C. Allowing Camilla’s anointing to be fully visible?? Imagine the memes and GIFs that will be generated. I can’t wait.

      • Doppelgangers R'Us says:

        I know that the anointing oil has already been created, but part of my wishes that they could have included ghost pepper chili oil in the mix. Branding them so it would seriously burn.
        Yes, I am that petty.

    • Renae says:

      Sometimes I actually think Harry is going to this Coronation as a living witness to/for his mother Diana. Forcing people to remember and remind of what could have been. Forcing his ‘father’ to stare into his glaring eyes as a rebuke to all his machinations.
      While Harry is too good to do it, I secretly wish he would spit in the old hags face .

    • Jais says:

      Is Republic going to hold up those yellow signs when they protest? @mary pester, I think you have a brilliant and better idea. All the protestors should hold up pictures of Diana. Now that would be a visual. Hundreds of Diana faces watching Charles and Camilla as they leave in their carriage. A very we shall never forget message.

  13. Selene says:

    What image rehab? She’s just as hated, even barely tolerated. And that general “warm glow” only extended to QEII, not to Charles even.

    • Rackel says:

      It look like her niece, nephew, and cousins got the warm glow more than the immediate family. Charles really can’t afford to slim down the monarchy too much.

  14. Isabella says:

    Camilla has the face that she deserves. Diana would’ve aged like Helen Mirren.

  15. Brassy Rebel says:

    Yeah, Page Six is American, but it’s also in a Murdoch outlet. The whole thing is quite surprising. If the media base is turning on them, it will start here in the states. You love to see it!

    • diANNa says:

      It’s interesting about Page Six publishing this — they had another unflattering commentary about C&C last week (week before?) and I wondered what was going on . . . . maybe the tide really is turning.

  16. Serafina says:

    It is actually quite amusing. There are quite a number of „let’s praise Camilla“ articles on the Daily M these past days and weeks and the comments show reliably that even DM readers in their great majority won’t be fooled and feel this PR campaign is actually achieving the opposite. Also the DM published a very critical article by Patrick Jephson, Diana’s Personal Secretary who basically says that the coronation for him is completely tainted and that he cannot forgive Charles for painting Diana as mentally unstable, also in the press. Quite rare for a courtier and in the DM.

    • MSTJ says:

      This is how the tabloids pretend to be balanced but in actuality it simply monetary for the DM. It’s not written by one of their reporters so it’s not their narrative. The article however will generate clicks and profits from Princess Diana’s name because she has a global fan base.

    • Rackel says:

      I feel like Charles is pushing queen Camilla because he is older. Doubt young Charles would’ve fought so hard.
      I understand the logic but keeping her “princess consort” would’ve helped his standing in history. Now, Instead of talking about The Princes Trust people will speak about this tainted coronation.

  17. Lurker 25 says:

    As the writers of “The Windsors” have been telling us all along, Cowmilla is an evil ruthless scheming bitch who wants it all – power, money, glory, titles, everything.

    Charles is her self-pitying, emotionally needy (with no feeling for anyone else, not his parents not even his sons) meat puppet.

    I’m making a list of the “bodies in the streets” she’s left in her image rehab/power campaign:
    1. Diana (obv)

    2. Fergie (whether true or not, someone dripped a venomous trickle of lewd stories to the press)

    3. Sophie (they ALL do pay to play. We now know they always have. Someone just happened to tell the mail on Sunday that a sting would be just the thing. After all, this was 2001, Diana was dead, Camilla needed fresh bodies to sacrifice.)

    4. Harry, 2005 Nazi scandal and steady drip of drunk idiot stories.

    5. Kate. (William was safe but who kept leaking what the Queen said about Kate? All theb duchess Doolittle “what does she DO all day stuff?” Who needed fresh bodies more than Camilla?)

    6. Meghan (obv)

    I bet there are others – aristos who dissed her and suddenly found their financial scandals in the papers, third cousins whose extramarital affairs were photographed, etc. Probably more men too.

    But I think mostly women. You know this alcoholic prune hates other women with the furious envy of a true misogynist.

    • Blithe says:

      Applauding the “alcoholic prune” soubriquet. Hope it sticks.
      What a horrible list of cruelties. And, as you’ve said, @Lurker 25, those are just the ones that are generally known.

  18. Becks1 says:

    Her image rehab WAS working. So many people said things like “well I don’t like what she did to Diana BUT…….”

    I dont hear that anymore. now people are just back to disliking her, so many are ticked that she was queen consort and now just queen (I mean queen was inevitable once queen consort was announced.) And that’s kind of the irony to me – Charles has been obsessed with rehabbing her image so that he could make her queen and people would support it but by actually naming her queen it turned off a lot of those people who WERE supporters of hers. They really just overplayed their hands there.

    • Amy says:

      Dropping the “consort” was never inevitable. It’s completely inappropriate re protocol, and not at all what the queen wanted. These people froth at the mouth at the slightest violation of royal protocol, and this is happening without a fight?

      There really is no justice in this world.

      • Becks1 says:

        ALL the wives of Kings are Queen Consorts, and they all just went by Queen. no one called QEII’s mother Queen Consort Elizabeth. She was just Queen Elizabeth. did people really think we were going to go around calling Camilla Queen Consort Camilla for the next 10, 15, 20 years? Of course we weren’t. It’s incorrect royal protocol to actually use the consort title, because its always just been Queen historically. The consort is there (as opposed to regnant) but not said out loud. It was only said for Camilla to pave the way from Princess Consort to Queen.

      • Grandma Susan says:

        “Alcoholic Prune”! Pure perfection. She is so blazingly ugly!

  19. Rackel says:

    I wonder will William have Charles erased or will he simply cut Camilla out. Camilla did all this scheming, dragged her kids into it (possible ruined their chances at nice jobs), pander to the press, and sold out her husband’s kids AND IT DIDNT WORK. Williams going to destroy her portrait- WATCH.

  20. RoxyRoller says:

    I love all the crazy pics used of Queen Chlamydi….er, Camilla. And I’ve realized there are actually no good pictures of this woman – she’s highly unphotogenic. I hope the Palace has their Photoshop expert on hand for her Chubbly pics.

  21. The Recluse says:

    As I live in the Mountain zone, I will likely be blissfully asleep while this travesty goes on. I will keep track of it via social media when I get up probably, but I refuse to watch any more of it than what they show on the evening news.

    That said, I really do hope that Chuck and his vicious soul-mate bear the full brunt of their ‘subjects” discontent. I hope they boo the hell out of them when they get the holy oil and crowning treatments. I hope their boos vibrate the walls of Westminster. I hope that tampons will fly and Diana’s face will be everywhere.

    And I hope it’s the beginning of the end of the Windsors and the monarchy in general.

  22. tamsin says:

    It’s surprising that the Queen signed off on the Queen Consort. She of all people must have known how things work. Her own mother was Queen Elizabeth, her grandmother Queen Mary. So she must have believed her deplorable son when he said his mistress turned wife would be known as Princess Consort, which was absolute rubbish to begin with. Astute people had to know at the time where this whole train was headed. There was no need to bring it up at all when they “married.” With Charles’s coronation Church of England has returned to it’s original purpose- legitimizing an adulterous king to get rid of a rightful wife and make his mistress his Queen. I’ve just realized, though, that that particular queen is always referred to as Ann Boleyn in history books. So future generations will be reading about Camilla Parker Bowles as opposed to Queen Camilla. She will always be the mistress who would be Queen.

  23. Izzy says:

    These same courtiers participated in covering up and facilitating their affair, and in trashing Diana’s name and reputation before AND after her death. They don’t get to whine about it, they reap what they sow.

  24. Robin Samuels says:

    I agree that Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles (APB) have played Charles all these years. Charles was allowed to have an illicit affair with the man’s wife without public rebuttal. After all, he was enjoying the playing field quite a bit himself. She and APB still spend time together using grandchildren’s time as justification.
    Charles is a freaky nerd with salacious interests on both sides, and his secrets are safe with Camilla. The most extraordinary love story ever scenario they’re trying to promote is more like a story of sin and lust than love.
    Many things concerning Charles are stated between the lines in Spare. Harry chose to be respectful to his father, the monarch, and the only surviving parent. I’m sure he also witnessed his father’s harsh treatment of his mother on many occasions. He tried it on Meghan, but unlike Diana, she didn’t lock herself in the bathroom and drown in her tears. She voiced her displeasure and encouraged him to get help. He did, or risk losing her.
    The battles will begin after the end of the celebrations. Regardless of the war waged, Charles and Camilla win. Mr. Young is no longer Head Racist in Charge. William will sit quietly and eat what he is served. And all those depending on Charles for survival will continue to do as told, even if it means hugging Piers Morgan in public.