Queen Elizabeth is not a fan of Camilla Parker Bowles. In fact, she was furious at the Duchess of Camilla because of her affair with her son, Prince Charles, while the latter was still married to Princess Diana to the point that the monarch allegedly "canceled" Camilla.
Queen Elizabeth Canceled Camilla After Being Involved With Prince Charles
Royal biographer Andrew Morton revisited the Queen and Camilla's difficult relationship in the second part of his biography of the Queen. Morton revisited the time when Prince Charles was looking for a suitable wife despite having his heart belonged to Camilla all those time. The Duchess of Cornwall was already married to Andrew Parker Bowles, a major in a Household regiment, the Blues and Royals.
Andrew's fellow officers were offended by Prince Charles' pursuit of a married woman and told the Queen that the Blues and Royals were "unhappy" about her son sleeping with a major's wife. Her Majesty did not speak to her son and Camilla, as they had been on friendly terms prior to the incident. She didn't feel a confrontation would be appropriate.
However, the Queen's move surprised many. She canceled Camilla by telling the royal household to ban Camilla from all royal events going forward.
"She did, however, put out the word that Mrs. Parker Bowles was not to be invited to any Royal events, and that included Charles's 30th birthday party at Buckingham Palace in 1978. The Queen Mother followed suit," Morton wrote in an excerpt of his book serialized in Daily Mail. "Camilla had, in effect, been 'cancelled' by the highest in the land, and there was nothing her Royal lover could do about it."
He added that even after both Camilla and Prince Charles' respective marriages to Andrew and Princess Diana ended in 1995 and 1996, the ban for Camilla was still in place.
Camilla was not present at Prince Charles' official 50th birthday party at the Queen's London residence, Morton claimed. When Camilla co-hosted a birthday bash for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove on the night of his birthday in November 1998, both the Queen and Prince Philip "declined to attend."
Queen Elizabeth and Camilla's relationship improved between the late 1990s and 2000s. Prince Charles married Camilla at a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall in April 2005 after the Queen gave her blessing to them.
Queen Elizabeth Shows Support To Camilla, Announcing The Duchess Will Be Queen Consort When Prince Charles Becomes King
Camilla has been a permanent and strong support to Prince Charles all throughout the years they have been together. In February, the Queen gave her blessing to Camilla to be a future Queen Consort in a statement released on the eve of her 70th accession to the throne.
In her statement, the Queen shared her vision for the monarchy when the heir apparent, Prince Charles, would take over the throne.
"When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service," the Queen wrote.
Her Majesty is the first monarch in history to reach 70 years on the British throne. She thanked everyone who supported her and remained committed to serving the monarchy.
"I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this Jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbors and communities – after some difficult times for so many of us – in order to enjoy the celebrations and to reflect on the positive developments in our day-to-day lives that have so happily coincided with my reign," Queen Elizabeth continued.
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