Camilla makes speech about sexual violence against women
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The Duchess of Cornwall will today host a reception for the winners of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition at St James’ Palace. It comes after she and Prince Charles launched the centenary Royal British Legion poppy appeal. Charles and Camilla met volunteers for the charity at Clarence House earlier this week, as collectors prepare to go out selling paper poppies again.
The pandemic meant they could not sell poppies last year, but more than 40,000 volunteers will be out again this year.
The poppy was a common sight on the Western Front, where British soldiers fought during the first World War.
It has since become a symbol of remembrance for those killed on the frontline.
Charles and Camilla have carried out a significant number of royal engagements in recent weeks, ranging from the premiere of the new James Bond film to the Oldie of the Year Awards.
But the couple have a “secret” relationship behind the scenes, according to a body language expert.
Judi James told The Sun last year that it seems clear the royal couple have a “fun, naughty and spontaneous” relationship.
Discussing a photo (see above) posted around their 15th wedding anniversary, Charles and Camilla smiled lovingly whilst each holding one of their dogs.
Ms James said: “This pose probably reveals more about the secret of Charles and Camilla’s marriage and enduring relationship than some of their royal appearances ever could.
“Casually dressed and clutching their dogs, the pair’s body language resembles that of two giggly, naughty children rather than two high-ranking royals.”
Ms James noted the way Camilla leans towards her husband, in a “subtle PDA”.
She added: “She looks far more relaxed than him, holding her dog casually while Charles appears to be clutching his awkwardly, like a guitar.”
The key message of the photo, Ms James said, is that Camilla “allows Charles to lead an informal, unstuffy and fun life away from his royal role”.
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The photo was posted in April 2020, when the country was in the early stages of the first coronavirus lockdown, and royal engagements were limited to Zoom calls.
Charles had just come out of self-isolation, having contracted the virus at the beginning of the UK’s epidemic.
Fortunately, Charles only experienced mild symptoms. The Duchess was tested and did not have the virus.
Ms James said Charles was “chuckling in delight” in the photo, and appeared “miles away” from his normal look of “concerned anxiety”.
She continued: “Although it’s Camilla injecting the spontaneity into this pose, it is clearly getting the best result from Charles, showing how in-tune she is with her husband and how much behind the scenes comfort and support she must provide for him.”
Royal expert Richard Kay told the 2007 documentary ‘Prince Charles and Prince William: Royal Rivals?’ that Camilla has sidestepped the role of stepmother to William and Prince Harry.
He said: “She entered the relationship and the marriage knowing full well that she could not take on the role as the stepmother to William and Harry because she would be perceived as the wicked stepmother.”
The late Judy Wade, former royal correspondent for Hello! Magazine, added Camilla is “like a crutch” for Charles.
She said: “[Camilla] boosts his ego and tells him he’s wonderful every day. That’s not the sort of job that sons like to take on.
“She’s the sort of person that’s a buffer between them and their father. Especially, I think, if they’ve done something that their father doesn’t quite approve of.
“Camilla’s got a son herself and she understands that boys will be awful boys sometimes.”
Harry spoke candidly about his relationship with the Duchess in 2005, saying he and his brother “loved her to bits”.
He said she was a “wonderful woman and she’s made our father very, very happy, which is the most important thing”.
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