Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, has opened up about her struggles in the public eye as part of a rare interview with Vogue ahead of her 75th birthday.
The senior royal appears in the July edition of the long running fashion magazine, where she shares an inside glimpse into her rarely seen life as a working member of the Royal Family.
One of the rarely acknowledged struggles of being a royal is how closely the public dissect and scrutinise your actions, with harsh criticism and unsolicited abuse being something Camilla knows all too well.
During the interview, Camilla opened up about the intense negativity from the public she has faced when her relationship with Prince Charles was revealed back in the 90s.
Admitting herself that it’s “not easy” to shoulder the ridicule and criticism in the public eye, it has thankfully lessened in the two decades since then, with Camilla’s popularity growing year on year as she has continued to pursue charitable work, such as with victims of domestic violence, and even during her regular engagements as a working royal.
She told Vogue: "I was scrutinised for such a long time that you just have to find a way to live with it. Nobody likes to be looked at all the time and, you know, criticised.”
Rather than dwell on the criticisms and let it define her, Camilla revealed she had chosen to get on with her life instead, and to focus on being the best wife, mother and grandmother she can be.
She added: “I think in the end, I sort of rise above it and get on with it. You’ve got to get on with life.”
Throughout the trials and tribulations of public scrutiny, Camilla has always had the strong support from husband Charles to help her through, with the Duchess even revealing that part of the reason her marriage to the Prince of Wales is so strong is because they make a point of spending a few moments together every day to talk and relax.
Speaking to Vogue, Camilla told the magazine: “It’s not easy sometimes, but we do always try to have a point in the day when we meet. Sometimes it’s like ships passing in the night, but we always sit down together and have a cup of tea and discuss the day. It’s lovely to catch up when we have a bit of time.”
The Duchess also went on to reveal that sometimes she doesn’t even need to chat to Charles, instead preferring to sit in silence and enjoy his company while they pursue other activities such as reading.
She added: “You know when we go away, the nicest thing is that we actually sit and read our books in different corners of the same room. It’s very relaxing because you know you don’t have to make conversation. You just sit and be together.”
The July issue of British Vogue is available via digital download and on newsstands from Tuesday 21st June.
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