‘Charles respects his headstrong wife

‘Charles respects his headstrong wife

Camilla has an important role ahead of her as Queen Consort alongside Prince Charles, the future King of England.

It’s a role the headstrong Duchess will perform diligently when the time comes, but she’ll have her ‘me time’ when she needs it – Charles has great respect for her independence, says royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

“Camilla is pure gold to Charles,” states Richard. “We’ve witnessed great love stories in our monarchy, from Victoria and Albert to the Queen and Prince Philip. This affair was one of the most controversial in royal history but they’re soulmates in every sense.”

He adds: “They balance their work and relationship perfectly. If Charles wants to work, she’ll let him. And if Camilla wants some alone time, she’ll have it.”



Prince Charles and Camilla respect each other’s need for space

Away from royal duties, Camilla, who turns 75 on Sunday 17 July, is wonderfully laid-back with a preference for rural living. When not working hard representing various charities, including those supporting the elderly and victims of domestic violence, she often spends time with her children and five grandchildren at Ray Mill House, her country retreat just 16 miles from the Highgrove House estate that she shares with Charles.

“Camilla enjoys her own space at Ray Mill,” explains Richard. “It’s a sanctuary where she can do exactly what she wants, when she likes. She’s a comfortable, headstrong woman who has her own family and Charles respects that.”

In their youth, the pair exchanged notes, secret nicknames (Fred and Gladys) and late-night phone calls to profess their love for each other, but back then their fledgling romance wasn’t to be. Today, they share sweet kisses in public and Camilla has been heard fondly calling her husband “darling”.



Headstrong Camilla values her independence at Ray Mill House

She shares her good humour with her husband, memorably prompting him to give a mock look of raw fear when she wielded a cake knife at an Australian winery on their 2015 tour.

And Camilla shows great patience over her husband’s workaholic tendencies – along with his funny foibles – like his penchant for a readily-available soft-boiled egg!

But Charles isn’t the only love in Camilla’s life. Besides painting and her beloved rescue terriers Beth and Bluebell, she has a passion for gardening, telling BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World “you can go into a garden and completely lose yourself… there’s something very healing about gardens.”



The duchess has been heard calling Prince Charles ‘darling’

Her beautiful garden at Ray Mill House features in her 75th birthday portrait, captured by daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge.

In years past, the Prince of Wales has put on star-studded parties for his wife at their country retreat in Highgrove, with famous faces like Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry in attendance.

But her 75th will be more lowkey with Camilla stating: “There won’t be much celebration, I shall spend it with my family and a few friends.”

Let’s hope celebrations go more smoothly than Charles’ 70th, when Prince Harry was interrupted mid-speech by a bee flying into his face. Camilla simply burst out laughing!

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