Camilla says she and Prince Charles are ‘like ships passing in the night’

Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, admits it is “not easy” to spend time with Prince Charles – her husband of 17 – due to their demanding work schedules.

“It’s not easy sometimes, but we always try to have a point the day we meet,” she told British Vogue about her routine with the future king.

“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,’ she continued. “It’s great to catch up when we have some time. You know, when we go out, the best part is we 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 start a conversation. You just sit and be together.”

Camilla, 74, and The Prince of Wales, 73, were in a relationship before they both married other people, with Bowles marrying Andrew Parker Bowles, a British Army officer whom she divorced in 1995. They share children Tom, 47, and Laura, 44.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchess of Cornwall talked about her relationship in British Vogue.

Prince Charles then married Princess Diana and welcomed sons William and Harry in 1982 and 1984 respectively. The royal family split in 1992 and officially divorced in 1996 after infidelity of both parties.

Camilla was largely in the midst of their drama, with many taking sides, especially after Diana’s death in 1997.

HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles.
The royal family married in 2005.
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“It’s not easy,” she said of receiving public comments at the time. “I was under scrutiny for so long that you just have to find a way to live with it. Nobody likes to be looked at all the time and, you know, criticized and… But I think I’ll get over it eventually and get on with it. You have to get on with life.”

Which she did, marrying Prince Charles in 2005 and taking her royal duties seriously ever since, recently attended the Royal Ascot with her husband instead of the Queen, who was unable to attend the event.

HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles.
The couple attended the Royal Ascot instead of The Queen.
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While on duty, Camilla was formally recognized as Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter six months after her appointment.

In February, the Queen officially supported Camilla as the future Queen Consort, which will happen when Charles takes the throne one day.

At a royal engagement later that month, the Duchess said she was “deeply honored and moved” by the gesture.

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