Queen Elizabeth did well in handling Duchess Camilla amid their challenging past. A royal expert explained how the British monarch came to the point of making Prince Charles' second wife the future queen consort after canceling her.
Queen Elizabeth Has Been Giving Camilla Numerous Favors
It's not a secret that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, had a hard time pleasing the Queen and the public after her affair with Prince Charles while he was married to Princess Diana was exposed.
In the Prince of Wales' authorized biography, he began his affair with Camilla in 1986, Town & Country reported. Of course, the Queen wasn't pleased after learning it; she even canceled Camilla for several years and banned her from royal events.
Princess Diana mentioned the affair in her infamous Panorama interview. She was emotional as she spoke about her failed marriage with Prince Charles. According to the late Princess of Wales, their relationship didn't work because "there were three of us in this marriage," implying Prince Charles and Camilla's affair.
The Queen was all the more furious after Prince William and Prince Harry's mom aired their dirty laundry in public. However, things have been better now. The public, including the Queen, has been welcoming and supportive of Duchess Camilla.
On Monday, the Queen made Camilla a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter. The following day, Her Majesty allowed Camilla to appear on the first day of Royal Ascot.
Also, on the eve of her Ascension Day, the Queen announced that Prince Charles's second wife would be Queen when the Prince of Wales takes over the throne. Initially, the palace announced she would only be known as Princess Consort.
"When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service," the Queen wrote.
Queen Elizabeth Made A 'Masterstroke' Response To Issues Involving Duchess Camilla
Reflecting on the British monarch's decision, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said it was a "masterstroke" on the Queen's part.
"I think there are people who see that Camilla has done very, very well," Fitzwilliams told Express. "And to do that then. It was a masterly stroke."
The expert believed that the relationship between Prince Charles' mother and second wife is important given their past, which isn't a secret to the public. He also believed that the duchess won the Queen's heart because Camilla has been supportive of Prince Charles, and "she does it very well" that's why "the Queen has given her important honours."
"It is an important relationship obviously, given the past, given Charles and Diana and the problems there," he added. "Clearly, this fondness for Camilla has developed. I think there are people who see that Camilla has done very, very well."
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The monarch giving her approval to Camilla as future Queen solved potential issues because the Princess Consort title has no historical significance. The improvement in the Queen and Camilla's relationship is also visible.
"Clearly at one time, at least officially, the Queen would not see Camilla and gradually, things have developed into what seems to be a very friendly relationship," he added. "Certainly, she appreciates what the Duchess of Cornwall is doing."
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