CAMILLA, Duchess of Cambridge, has given Britons a unique insight into her life during the coronavirus pandemic, a source close to the royal said.
The coronavirus crisis has forced senior members of the Royal Family to chance the way they work with the public and charities. Between March and early June, all the engagements and communications between royals and their patronages had to be either over the phone or via video link due to the lockdown in place.
Surprisingly, among the royals who embraced technology to continue to work as smoothly as possible, there has 72-year-old Camilla.
Not only the Duchess adopted Zoom calls early on, but she allowed royal fans to see her in a more relaxed environment and outfits.
This change of setting, according to a source who works with Camilla, has allowed the public to get to know the future Queen Consort better.
The source told Vanity Fair: “We have seen her in a much more informal setting and that has given people a chance to get to know her a little better.
Camilla and Prince Charles have resumed faced to face engagements (Image: PA)
Camilla is not going to be Queen Consort, Clarence House said (Image: PA)
“Both she and the prince have shown themselves to be very comfortable operating this way.
“They have allowed the public into their home in a way that has never happened before.”
This change appears to have been beneficial for Camilla and Charles, who have experienced a surge of following on their social media channels.
Camilla and Prince Charles visiting a factory in Gloucestershire (Image: PA)
An aide outlined how quickly Camilla and Charles embraced social media as a mean to communicate with their royal fans.
They told the magazine: “The prince and duchess were in lockdown like everyone else and couldn’t be seen in person, so they wanted to find another way to connect with people.
“They hadn’t done many social media messages before, but they quickly realised this was the way forward and a means of being visible and immediately connecting with people, which is what they always want to do.”
Camilla revealed her love for jeans in a recent radio appearance (Image: PA)
Camilla and Prince Charles have embraced social media during the lockdown (Image: PA)
Camilla, who married Prince Charles in April 2005, opened up on her life during lockdown on Tuesday, in a pre-recorded segment aired during BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Emma Barnett Show.
Speaking about her more relaxed lifestyle during the past four months, the Duchess confessed she got used to wearing jeans while she was far from the public eye in Birkhall.
Camilla added she will miss the comfort of being dressed down as she resumes face-to-face engagements in London.
She said: “It will be very hard to get out of them again.
Camilla married Prince Charles in April 2005 (Image: EXPRESS)
“I think you get into a sort of way of life, don’t you?”
Camilla and Prince Charles were the first royals to resume face-to-face engagement in mid-June, when they visited NHS staff at a Gloucestershire hospital.
The couple, who remained at Birkhall between March and early June, have returned to London to meet Emmanuel Macron on the 80th anniversary of ‘L’Appel’ last month.
The Duchess’ future title is a source of debate among experts and royal fans.
Once Prince Charles ascends to the throne and becomes King, Camilla could take the title of Queen Consort.
Ahead of their wedding 15 years ago, Clarence House said the Duchess would only use the title HRH The Princess Consort rather than Queen consort.
Earlier this year, the palace confirmed this is still the Duchess’ intention.
In a statement, Clarence House said: “The intention is for the duchess to be known as princess consort when the prince accedes to the throne.
“This was announced at the time of the marriage and there has been absolutely no change at all.”
Camilla and Prince Charles visiting an ASDA distribution centre in Bristol (Image: PA)
However, while Camilla can choose to be known as Princess Consort, she will be by law the Queen Consort, according to experts.
Lord Norton of Louth, a peer in the House of Lords and professor at the University of Hull, confirmed that, even if the public doesn’t like the idea, the law is very clear on Camilla’s future title.
He said: “Upon the death of the Queen, Charles automatically becomes King – that is it.
“His wife will become Queen Consort, formally established by precedent.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK