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    Camilla's annus horribilis - why the shadow of Diana is making her sick with worry


    In 10 days, Camilla will be 60. But the shadow of Diana, and the memorial service she's being forced to attend, have left Prince Charles's wife sick with worry...

    The memorial service for Diana to be held on 31 August is leaving Prince Charles's wife sick with worry



    The first fitting at Madame Tussaud's has already taken place, and the Duchess of Cornwall is said to be "quite excited" that her figure will soon be standing alongside Prince Charles in the famous London waxworks, together with his sons, William and Harry. She is very involved and will soon be choosing the clothes.
    What more satisfying birthday present could there possibly be for the former Mrs Parker Bowles when she reaches 60 in ten days' time, though her model won't, in fact, be ready to go on show for some weeks.
    Still, she's an inordinately patient woman. Wasn't that how she got to marry the Prince of Wales some 33 years after first meeting him?
    Princess Diana's figure has graced Madame Tussaud's for years, of course, not next to her former husband but, as the waxworks discreetly puts it, "nearby".
    There are no plans to move her after Camilla's arrival - she is a huge draw.
    And why change a royal tableau in which she and the older woman who displaced her can be compared in a piquant setting that is bound to bring the tourists flooding in?
    But isn't it odd, bizarre almost, that the two women are being brought together as finely-clothed waxen images not only as Camilla reaches her 60th birthday on July 17 but as Diana at her most dazzling is reawakened by the tenth anniversary of her death.
    Barely a moment ago, Camilla's waxworks image in the place where the famous finally come to rest was being seen by her friends as a triumph of final public acceptance.
    But one event has suddenly changed the landscape - that Wembley concert last weekend. The fact that upwards of 15 million people watched it on television in this country alone - and heaven knows how many millions more round the world - and saw the emotional re-runs of Diana's most endearing moments comforting the sick and the disadvantaged, has turned the summer of Camilla's birthday into a period during which, according to friends, "she is sick with worry".
    "This is becoming Diana's summer," the Duchess has confided to friends. "How will I get through it?"
    'Diana's summer': Princess Diana died at the age of 36, almost a decade ago, but her popularity remains unremitting


    The Wembley concert was merely the overture to her discomfort. Ahead of Camilla lies a day that she is said to be "dreading" - the memorial service for Diana at the Guards Chapel just across the road from Buckingham Palace, on August 31, the tenth anniversary of the princess's death at the age of 36.
    Clarence House has made all the arrangements. The congregation will consist of some 700 of the great and the good, a selection of Diana's old friends, her family, her children, and the usual smattering of pop stars and entertainers without whom, it is always assumed, no Diana occasion would be complete.
    And there, sitting in the front row of the very chapel where in 1973 she married the then Captain Andrew Parker Bowles of the Blues and Royals, will be HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.
    Camilla's presence at Diana's memorial service - let alone sitting with the Prince of Wales in the most prominent pew - is in danger of turning the historic military chapel hung with battlehonoured regimental standards into a cauldron of suppressed public anger.
    Already it is reviving painful memories of the royal wedding day in 1981 when Lady Diana walked down the aisle of StPaul's Cathedral on her father Earl Spencer's rather frail arm, her eyes anxiously roving the congregation for sight of the woman she knew was her love rival - and spotting her, wearing a grey pill-box hat, sitting with small son Tom in the sixth row.
    Even among Camilla's friends, there is a growing fear that for her to be present in the chapel next month will be a mistake. Among Diana's friends, the phrase they use is "a mockery".
    They blame Prince Charles.
    "I'm sure Camilla would rather not be there but the prince is insisting she accompanies him," says one of her circle.
    "Camilla's not a fool - she knows it would be better for her to stay well away because she realises she will be absolutely out of place. It's a wretched situation and she's right to be nervy.
    "Even as her friend, I have to concede that she was his mistress, blatantly and without shame, and she helped to make Diana very unhappy.
    "Camilla got what she wanted and now to sit with the prince in pride of place as Diana is remembered would be gross hypocrisy and plain wrong. The prince should let her stay away - a sudden bad back on the day would be very useful."
    Charles's stubborn insistence on any matter, as his friends and staff know only too well, is not something to be easily balanced against common sense.
    In this instance, he believes that as the wife of the heir to the throne, it is Camilla's right - indeed, her duty - to be at his side for this important national service. Scroll down for more...
    The two Princes at last weekend's Wembley concert for Diana which attracted 15 million television viewers in the UK alone


    He feels that because the occasion will receive worldwide television and news coverage, for the Duchess to be absent would be interpreted as a shadowy admission of guilt and result in even more negative comment than if she was there.
    He is also convinced that Camilla's absence could be interpreted as a pusillanimous retreat from his relentless campaign to make her his Queen one day.
    On the other hand, Diana's friends simply cannot conceive how either the Prince of Wales or Camilla can see any benefit in her being present at this sensitive and emotional tribute to the late Princess.
    To be fair to the Duchess of Cornwall, she is trapped in a classic 'Catch 22' situation - damned if she attends the service, and damned if she stays away.
    Meanwhile, as that significant birthday approaches, she is said to have been carrying out a little tidying up here and there around Clarence House.
    The word emanating from there is that a number of wedding presents to Charles and Diana which were put out on show when he moved in after the Queen Mother's death are no longer to be seen. They are understood to have been removed to Windsor Castle and placed in the storage vaults. So another link with the past is cut.
    But how quickly things can change. Scroll down for more...
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    • Just a few months ago, Camilla was apparently doing really well rehabilitating herself with the British people. She was saying the right things, smiling at the right time, and, despite observations that she was still as lazy as she used to be, the public was definitely beginning to warm to her.


    In particular, they liked her informal manner - a perfect foil for Charles's stiffness.
    Things then began to go wrong at the very moment they should have taken a bound skywards, when the Duchess, who is 16 months older than Charles, went into hospital for a hysterectomy.
    Public sympathy was tested when it emerged that she was not only taking her own mattress into the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers in London but departing even further from hospital rules by using her own personal bed linen.
    She also rejected the private hospital's food - comparable to a five-star hotel and good enough for the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
    Instead, everything she ate was prepared a mile away in the kitchens of Clarence House.
    The tale of the princess and pea comes to mind, especially as the Duchess was in the £500-a-night Marylebone hospital for just three days undergoing the surgical procedure that affects 40,000 other women every year.
    So could the Duchess of Cornwall, at 60, really be the very same Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles who, in the years before she became a royal duchess, was forever being talked up by supporters as a woman of earthy tastes and habits, possessor of but a single, and rather dated, evening dress, who loved nothing more than pottering round the garden in jeans and green wellies with a smudge of honest dirt on her cheek?
    Camilla is, of course, married to an exceptionally fussy man who has a bad back and often takes his own orthopaedic bed on overseas trips.
    Perhaps his influence is also to blame for her reluctance to fly on the scheduled airlines she always used when married to the relatively impecunious Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles.
    Meanwhile, the Camilla of old, once welcomed into friends' homes with minimal fuss and positively no formality, appears to have been transformed, since marrying Charles in April 2005, into one of those Princess Margaret-style "guests from hell".
    These days, her staff forward lists of likes and dislikes to hostesses - from what food to serve (must be organic, nothing spicy, no cream, plenty of salad, minimum vegetables) to the type of pillow she likes to sleep on.
    Such advance instructions are not uncommon among the royals, but Camilla's friends recall with nostalgia the days when she would tuck into steak pie and never put on weight, though as one recalls, "she smoked like a chimney then". She has given up smoking for Charles.
    Reaching 60 also finds her a royal Duchess who, one of her old circle observes, "is rather fonder of the bowing and scraping than is good for her - or us, her friends, for that matter.
    "We know it's expected because she's the wife of the heir to the throne, but if only she could be the old Camilla and tell the fawners and forelock touchers to b****r off".
    But how can she, when it is what Charles wants. They are a unit, she is his "Darling Camilla" - and beware the royal servant who doesn't treat her with exactly the same deference as they treat him.
    Some say she is not being grand at all, merely 'guarded' while trying to behave as she knows the Prince wants her to behave, living up to his standards, as it were. All in all, a difficult balancing act.
    She is finding that fulfilling the role of a royal Duchess is harder than she thought it would be. No wonder she continues to keep on Ray Mill House, in Wiltshire, which she bought after her divorce, and slips away there for a bit of solitary whenever she can.
    Which brings us back to Diana. Television viewers watching the Wembley concert last Sunday heard how Diana refused to jump the queues at Thorpe Park in Surrey when she took the young William and Harry on the rides there.
    By comparison, even before marrying Charles, Camilla was permitted to jump the queue at an opening night of a collection of tiaras exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum five years ago.
    She was 55 then.
    We are meant to become wiser as we grow older.
    In ten days' time she will be 60. Old enough for a bus pass.
    A good moment, perhaps, for a return of the earthy Camilla - and even her waxwork could be fitted with a pair of her old green wellies at Madame Tussaud's. One thing is sure: it certainly wouldn't harm her chances of being Queen.

    Camilla's annus horribilis - why the shadow of Diana is making her sick with worry | the Daily Mail

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    hehe dude

    she has an octopus on her head, Beavis

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    He should never be king and she sure as hell should NEVER be queen. If she actually said any of that, she needs to shut the f**** up and deal.

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    I'm pretty sure they said that even if Charles became King, Camilla would never be Queen because she is a divorcee.
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    Hello, Camilla. It's not like Diana is going to come back from the grave and steal your husband...

    just like you did to her...

    EVIL BITCH!!!

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    OMG, the woman is dead, and you got the man you wanted, so shut the FUCK up, please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobelia View Post
    OMG, the woman is dead, and you got the man you wanted, so shut the FUCK up, please.
    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cataroo View Post
    Hello, Camilla. It's not like Diana is going to come back from the grave and steal your husband...

    just like you did to her...

    EVIL BITCH!!!
    It was never much of a marriage anyway, Diana was shagging all and sundry behind Charle's back and who could be happy married to a media whore drama queen anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaruar View Post
    It was never much of a marriage anyway, Diana was shagging all and sundry behind Charle's back and who could be happy married to a media whore drama queen anyway
    *sniff* Some of us believe she only turned to other men when she realized she never had his heart and never would. *sniff*

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoveFeatheredRaven View Post
    *sniff* Some of us believe she only turned to other men when she realized she never had his heart and never would. *sniff*
    I've read that in several places. Many of her dramatic episodes were done in an effort to get him to pay attention to her. She seemed to desperately want any sign at all that he cared about her. Unfortunately, Charles was brought up in an atmosphere where one was expected to behave a certain way and not be emotional, so he probably just couldn't respond the way she wanted him to. I imagine it was quite difficult for both of them.

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    I don't believe for one second that Camilla gives a flying fuck about St Diana who's been dead of 10 YEARS people! Get over it already.

    I'm sure she has changed her lifestyle since marrying the future King of England. He lives a notoriously pampered life of luxury and has an army of flunkys attending to his every need (including putting toothpaste on his toothbrush) so of course Camilla is going to enjoy the same benefits. It's a shame that she's had to tone down her former 'ungrand' manners and lifestyle but she's the future Queen of England and that's how these people live. Sorry folks, but as soon as her husband becomes King Charles III she will become Queen Camilla. That's how it works and being a divorcee has nothing to do with it - things have changed since Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson. Personally I think she will make a much better Queen than unstable, unhinged attention-whore Diana ever would or could.
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    I guess if you grew up with being that pampered, it wouldn't seem so weird. But the thought of anyone else even touching my toothbrush grosses me out.

    Chuck should just let Will succeed EII when she kicks the bucket.

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    Abdication in favour of William is not going to happen. Charles entire existance is centred on the fact that one day he will be the King. It's almost a 'divine right' and you don't mess with the succession for any reason. That's why Edward VIII's abdication caused such a massive upheaval from which the royal family still hasn't fully recovered. Monarchs don't just 'step aside' for social or personal or popularity reasons. It's their destiny.
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    "The Summer of Diana"

    *SNORT*

    The woman is dead as a doornail and has been for the past decade.
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