Queen Camilla would have had Diana’s blessing, claims royal expert


THE Princess of Wales would have given her blessing to the Duchess Of Cornwall and her future role as Queen Consort, claims one of Diana’s close aides.

Diana and Camilla

KIND: Diana and Camilla would not be friends, says author Stewart Pearce (Image: Getty)

He added even Camilla’s future role alongside Charles would not be an issue as Diana was “in touch with a position of her own power”.

The Queen had announced earlier this year that Camilla would become Queen Consort when Charles becomes King. Pearce, Diana’s “voice and presence” coach said: “I am sure that Diana would be in full support of it.

“She would have had 26 years of living with the idea of separation.”

He added: “At the very core of Diana’s being, she was one of the most generous, one of the most kind, one of the most gracious people I’ve ever met.

“Measuring the way that Camilla has been over the last 25 years, and particularly over the last 17 years in relationship with Charles… I feel that she has been extraordinary in the role that she’s performed. “She’s taken it almost like a duck to water, obviously she’s had the unbelievable support of the Queen, her husband and, when he was alive, Prince Philip.”

Asked if the women would have become friends, Pearce responded: “I am sure they would regard one another with great interest and great curiosity. But, of course, they are very, very different women.”

He added: “They would not be the greatest of friends.”

Pearce believes that Camilla’s humour is an asset in her marriage. “The one thing about Camilla that I always love is her humour. She’s actually very, very funny.

“And so, she’s able to dislodge any of the hypersensitivity that exists in her husband.”

Diana met with Pearce, who authored bestselling book Diana The Voice of Change, under strict confidentiality, perfecting her voice, poise and expression.

The veteran voice coach also trained Margaret Thatcher.

Charles’s Easter message

This year I had the enormous privilege of representing Her Majesty The Queen at the Service for Maundy Thursday, when Christians remember that humility and sacrifice are at the heart of our faith.

At that service, which he attended with my mother so many times over the years, my father, The Duke of Edinburgh, always used to read the Gospel which tells how on the night of the Last Supper, Jesus knelt before his disciples and washed their travel-weary feet.

Our Lord told them that he was doing this to give them an example of how to look after and to serve one another.

It is a message they never forgot, and it is as challenging today as it was then.

Today, millions of people find themselves displaced, wearied by their journey from troubled places, wounded by the past, fearful of the future – and in need of a welcome, of rest, and of kindness.

Over the past years, I have found myself heartbroken at the sufferings of the innocent victims of conflict, or persecution, some of whom I have met and who have told me stories of unutterable tragedy as they have been forced to flee their country and seek shelter far from home.

But amidst all this sadness and inhumanity, it has been profoundly moving to see how so many people are ready to open their homes to those in need, and how they have offered their time and their resources to help those facing such soul-destroying sorrow and hardship.

This Easter, as always, we are reminded of Our Lord’s timeless example of goodness in the face of suffering, of courage in the face of fear, of faith in the face of despair. His light triumphed in that dark time. I pray with all my heart that his inspiring example might help us all dispel the darkness of the world.


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