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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said in a recent interview that it can sometimes be difficult for her and her husband, Prince Charles, to find time to be together amid their countless royal duties.
The Duchess, who the Queen said earlier this year would be known as the Queen Consort once Charles took the throne, opened up about her marriage in a rare interview for the July issue of British Vogue.
“It’s not easy sometimes, but we always try to have a point the day we meet,” she told the magazine.
She said the two are “sometimes it’s like ships pass in the night, but we always sit down together and have a cup of tea and discuss the day. We have a moment.”
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The Duchess said the couple enjoy “going out” together because they “can actually sit in different corners of the same room and read our books. It’s very relaxing because you know you don’t have to have a conversation. You just sit and be together.” †
The couple recently took the spotlight during Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum anniversary, during which the couple reportedly, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, kept their distance from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who had reunited with the family for the first time since his resignation as senior royals.
Camilla also reflected on the intense media attention she, Charles and the late Princess Diana received in the 1990s when Charles and Diana’s marriage broke up amid speculation that he was in love with Camilla.
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Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 after four years of separation and a year before “the folk princess” was killed in a car accident in Paris while being chased by the paparazzi.
Charles and Camilla married in 2005.
“It’s not easy. I was under scrutiny for so long that you just have to find a way,” admitted the royal. “No one likes to be watched and, you know, criticized all the time, but I think eventually I rise above it and move on. You have to get on with life.”
The Duchess will be 75 in July and she said “there won’t be much celebration.”
She said she plans to spend the day with family and some friends.
Camilla has two grown children who she shares with ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles, she is the stepmother to Princes William and Harry and has several grandchildren.
“You know the nice thing about being a grandma is that you can spoil them every now and then, give them more of the things their parents forbid them to have,” she told the magazine.
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Her step-grandchildren include William’s children: Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte and Harry’s two children: Archie and Lilibet.