Well, this must make royal family dinners quite awkward! According to a new book, Queen Elizabeth once called Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall a “wicked woman” and stated she wanted “nothing to do with her” prior to Camilla marrying Prince Charles in 2005.
In an excerpt from Tom Bower’s REBEL Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles recently published by the Daily Mail, the author claimed that Charles went to his mother in the summer of 1998 to discuss his relationship with Camilla and the Queen vehemently disapproved of their romance and the dissolution of Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana.
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“On that evening she’d had several martinis, and to Charles’s surprise, she replied forcefully: she would not condone his adultery, nor forgive Camilla for not leaving Charles alone to allow his marriage to recover,” Bower wrote. “She vented her anger that he had lied about his relationship with what she called ‘that wicked woman,’ and added: ‘I want nothing to do with her.'”
Bower also alleged that Queen Elizabeth wasn’t the only royal family member who disliked Camilla at first. Elizabeth’s mom, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, reportedly did not care for Charles’ then-girlfriend and that the Prince and Camilla were only able to marry after The Queen Mother’s 2002 death. Bower additionally wrote that Queen Elizabeth never expected Charles and Camilla to marry during her lifetime.
Today, however, the 91-year-old Queen and Camilla, 70, seem to be better friends and are often photographed together at royal events. Camilla’s two stepsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have also embraced her into the family and are now close with their stepmother. “She’s a wonderful woman, and she’s made our father very, very happy, which is the most important thing. William and I love her to bits,” Harry said in a past interview.
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