Camilla ‘to step forward’ after years in the background to avoid clash

Queen Camilla in first solo engagement as Queen Consort

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Camilla has been able to “step forward” in her new royal role after feeling her involvement as the Duchess of Cornwall could be seen as “interfering” in royal affairs. The Queen Consort shared a love of horse racing with the late monarch, although chose to stay in the “background” so as not to overshadow Queen Elizabeth II. Following the death of the Queen, King Charles and Camilla have made efforts to “streamline” the monarchy to better suit the Firm’s modern needs.

Royal author Christopher Anderson spoke about Camilla’s renewed position in the Royal Family after news broke the new King had plans to sell a number of his mother’s beloved racehorses.

Speaking to Royally Us host Christina Garibaldi, Mr Anderson said: “Camila is an avid horsewoman.

“She stayed in the background during the Queen’s reign because she didn’t want to look like she was interfering with the Queen’s thing.

“Now, she can step forward and it’s interesting to see what she will be doing.” 

The podcast host added: “Interesting that they are streamlining the monarchy in all different ways – including the race horses.”

Last week, reports broke that King Charles had begun plans to sell 14 of his mother’s racehorses at Tattersalls auction house in Newmarket.

The King inherited the horses from the late Queen, who was a keen breeder of racehorses and frequently attended the races herself.

The 14 racehorses are understood to have sold for an average of over £76,000 each, generating a total profit in excess of £1 million.

Love Affairs, the racehorse which was the Queen’s last winner at Goodwood just two days before her death, was among the collection sold at the auction house.

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Royal author Mr Anderson described the decision to sell the Queen’s much-adored racehorses as “symbolic,” although he also noted that the cost of running the royal stables was likely a key motivator.

He said: “The racehorses are indicative, I think, of Charles’s desire to really start streamlining the monarchy. It’s interesting because it’s very symbolic. 

“The Queen’s one passion was horse racing – it is the sport of Kings after all. The other person who was really interested in horse racing in her circle was Camilla. Charles never got into it, he was more of a polo guy.”

He added that the upkeep for the racehorses “costs a lot of money” and the sales were likely an effort to reduce the £1 million annual loss of running the stables.

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Royal sources have suggested that the King lacks his mother’s affection for horse racing, despite having trained as an amateur jockey for some time in his earlier years.

However, commentators have suggested the Queen Consort will likely succeed Queen Elizabeth II as the new royal figurehead for British horseracing.

An unspecified royal source told The Mail on Sunday: “The plan has always been that Charles and Camilla would take on the legacy. Camilla obviously adores horses and is hugely passionate about racing.”

Another royal sourc-e told The Times: “Camilla has a real love of racing and she will be the person who speaks with the trainers each day, in the way the Queen had.”

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