Camilla 'will stay in the background' when Prince Charles becomes King

Camilla ‘will be very careful to stay in the background’ when Prince Charles becomes King because some fans still see her as the ‘Diana destroyer’, claims royal author

  • Camilla, 73, is based in Clarence House, London, with the Prince of Wales, 72
  • She will try not to be too much of a prominent figure when her husband is King
  • This is according to Clive Irving, author of the upcoming book The Last Queen: Elizabeth II’s Seventy-Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor

The Duchess of Cornwall ‘will be very careful to stay in the background’ when Prince Charles becomes King because some royal fans still see her as the ‘Diana destroyer’, a royal author has claimed.

Camilla, 73, who is based in Clarence House, London, with the Prince of Wales, 72, will try not to be too much of a prominent figure when her husband ascends to the British throne, according to Clive Irving.  

The author of the upcoming book The Last Queen: Elizabeth II’s Seventy-Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor told the Express that this is because Camilla’s past as a mistress remains an issue for some royal fans, who brand her the ‘Diana destroyer’.

It comes after the Duchess of Cornwall faced a tirade of online hate due to The Crown falsely suggesting she had an affair with Prince Charles all throughout his marriage to the Princess of Wales.

The couple insist their romantic relationship only resumed in 1986 – by which time the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles had, as the future King himself put it in a TV documentary, ‘irretrievably broken down’.   

The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) ‘will be very careful to stay in the background’ when Prince Charles becomes King because some royal fans still see her as the ‘Diana destroyer’, a royal author has claimed

Following Camilla and Prince Charles’ marriage in 2005, Clarence House said it is ‘intended The Duchess will be known as HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.’

Royal author Clive told the publication that it is likely the duchess will try to not overshadow her husband in her role. 

‘I think she will be very careful to stay in the background,’ he said. ‘Camilla’s problem is the whole history of the relationship and the fact that she was seen as the Diana destroyer.

‘That’s the burden that she will carry. I think the Queen at one point very much saw her in that light. She was very distressed about Camilla being the one who was undermining the marriage of the Waleses.’

However, the Queen showed her support for Camilla when in 2016, she made the duchess a member of the Privy Council – her most senior advisory body.

According to Clive Irving, Camilla’s past as a mistress remains an issue for some royal fans, who brand her the ‘Diana destroyer’. Pictured: Diana and Camilla in 1980

It comes after the Duchess of Cornwall faced a tirade of online hate due to The Crown falsely suggesting she had an affair with Prince Charles all throughout his marriage to the Princess of Wales. Pictured, the characters Camilla and Diana in The Crown

This shows a clear regard for her daughter-in-law and will enable Camilla to be in the room when Charles is proclaimed King.

But since the latest series of the Netflix’s The Crown, angry viewers have posted misplaced hate tweets to the Duchess on the Royal Family’s social media – with comments on some posts turned off as a result. 

Online comments by viewers of the programme reveal that many accepted the fake storylines as historical fact – including the incorrect assertion that Charles and Camilla conducted an affair throughout the Prince’s entire relationship with Diana. 

But the couple insist their romantic relationship only resumed in 1986 – by which time the marriage had, as the Prince himself famously put it in a TV documentary, ‘irretrievably broken down’. 

 The couple (pictured in July this year) insist their romantic relationship only resumed in 1986 – by which time the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles had, as the future King himself put it in a TV documentary, ‘irretrievably broken down’

Royal experts said the portrayal of Charles and Camilla was yet another example of the Netflix series failing to portray the Royal Family truthfully.

Author Sally Bedell Smith, who has written biographies of the Queen, Charles and Diana, said: ‘I am very sad to say that I have heard it over, over and over again that people take The Crown at face value and they believe everything they see in the series, and that includes Charles and Camilla.

‘The notion in the programme that he entered into his marriage cynically with a view to continuing with Camilla and putting his new wife on the side is exceedingly dishonest and damaging. It is just simply not true.’

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said: ‘The Crown is a very one-sided portrayal, which is really the Diana version. The sad thing for people viewing it is that they are going to take it as the correct story line, which it isn’t at all.’  

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