Prince Charles needs ‘strong’ people around him as future king seeks ‘affirmation’

Prince Charles 'needs strong people around him' says expert

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall has been praised for being a “great support” to her husband, Prince Charles, as he prepares to become king. A royal expert told Express.co.uk that the Prince of Wales has always searched for “praise and affirmation”, and therefore benefits off strong personalities such as Camilla and the late Queen Mother who offer him encouragement and support. 

Speaking of Camilla, royal photographer and biographer Ian Lloyd said: “She is an asset, and also an asset to Charles because he is becoming the person he is capable of being.

“He’s a person that needs strong people around him, like the Queen Mother was a great supporter of Charles and I think Camilla is.

“I’ve seen her when he’s made a good speech say ‘well-done darling’, things like that which is the sort of thing the Queen Mother would say.

“He always sought praise and affirmation from his parents but they were never who gave that easily, it’s just not in their personalities. 

“Camilla and the Queen Mother were the people that supported him and the sort of people he needs around him.”

Over the summer, Prince Charles shared an image of the Queen Mother on Instagram to celebrate what would have been her 121st birthday. 

Following her death in 2002, he said in a televised statement: “Somehow I never thought [her death] would come. She seemed gloriously unstoppable, and ever since I was a child I adored her.

“She was quite simply the most magical grandmother you could possibly have and I was utterly devoted to her.”

The 72-year-old prince and the Duchess of Cornwall currently reside in her former home at Clarence House, which is where they house their official offices. 

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Over the last decade, Charles and Camilla have taken on an increasing amount of responsibility within the Royal Family, as the Queen reduces her number of engagements due to old age. 

The 95-year-old monarch has recently had to cancel two weeks of engagements, including COP26, after accepting medical advice to rest. 

Instead, Charles gave a speech during the opening ceremony and conducted a number of meeting with world leaders across a five-day period in Glasgow. Both he and Camilla have also begun to travel with the Queen for certain special engagements, such as the State Opening of Parliament. 

Last month, the couple accompanied Her Majesty to both Cardiff and Edinburgh to open the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments. 

Speaking of the likelihood of Camilla becoming Queen Consort, Ian Lloyd said: “I think she will be great support and I’m sure that he would want her to be the Queen and I think there’s a sizeable chunk of people in this country who would say why not?”

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Ahead of their wedding in 2005, Clarence House issued a statement to say that upon Charles’ accession to the throne, Camilla would be known as the Princess Consort. 

This was due to the couple’s unpopularity during the 1990s following Charles’ difficult divorce to his first wife Princess Diana, and her subsequent death in a car accident in 1997. 

However, in recent years Camilla’s popularity has dramatically increased, and according to YouGov polls, she is currently the 10th most popular member of the family, placing her ahead of both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Over the last 16 years, her charity work has focused on osteoporosis, victims of rape and domestic abuse, and literacy. 

Prince Charles has been heir to the throne since he was three years old. He is followed in the line of succession by his eldest son Prince William and his grandson, Prince George. 

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