Camilla was Queen’s ‘worst nightmare’ ‒ but ‘her best possible hope’ for Royal Family


CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall was the Queen’s “worst nightmare” but also her “best possible hope” for the monarchy and for her son Prince Charles, royal historian David Starkey claimed in a throwback interview.

Her Majesty has pulled out of several engagements over the last few weeks after she was admitted to hospital for tests last month and advised to rest.

Camilla was among the senior royals at the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying service in London this month, which the Queen said she would not attend after spraining her back.

Although the Duchess may be a reliable support for Her Majesty at present, she was once dubbed “the Queen’s worst nightmare”.

Royal historian David Starkey made the claim in an unearthed interview from a documentary, also claiming that Camilla was her “best hope”.

Camilla was Queen’s ‘worst nightmare’ but ‘best possible hope’ for Prince Charles

Camilla was Queen’s ‘worst nightmare’ but ‘best possible hope’ for Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)

Queen: Has been out of action due to her health

Queen: Has been out of action due to her health (Image: GETTY)

The expert spoke for the film ‘Prince Edward & Sophie Rhys-Jones: The True Story’.

The documentary was released in 1999, a year in which Sophie and Edward got married, and in which Camilla and Charles were seen together in public for the first time since the death of his ex-wife Princess Diana two years earlier.

Mr Starkey said: “Camilla Parker Bowles, I think, must be both the Queen’s worst nightmare as a future Princess of Wales, and of course her best possible hope.

“If only Charles had got to her first. Camilla is the obvious Windsor wife.”

Charles wed Princess Diana back in 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral, the fairy-tale ceremony broadcast across the world.

Camilla: Married Prince Charles in 2005

Camilla: Married Prince Charles in 2005 (Image: GETTY)

Details of the couple’s secret romance made their way into the press in a series of highly embarrassing stories for Buckingham Palace.

One such incident came as People magazine published the transcript of an explicit phone call between Charles and Camilla, which exposed their affair.

The scandal, which is sometimes known as ‘Camillagate’, came after the couple’s intimate pillow talk over the phone was intercepted with a scanning device and leaked to the press.

Charles and Diana separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996, while Camilla and her husband divorced in 1995.

Charles and Diana: Couple divorced in 1996

Charles and Diana: Couple divorced in 1996 (Image: GETTY)

After Diana’s tragic death in a car crash in 1997, Charles started to see Camilla more openly.

Charles and Camilla eventually gained the Queen’s approval for their marriage and in 2005, tied the knot in a small ceremony.

Speaking for the documentary, Mr Starkey explained why in his opinion, Camilla was a good fit for the royal mould.

He said: “Windsor women on the whole are not clothes horses, they’re not beautiful.

“They have a certain good rough breeding about them. Camilla is the perfect Windsor wife.

“None of the nervousness or moodiness of Diana. But unfortunately, of course she’s second helpings and that’s the difficulty.”

‘Prince Edward & Sophie Rhys-Jones: The True Story’ is available to watch on YouTube.


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