Enter Camilla, a modern and complex queen
From mistress, to duchess, to queen, Camilla's progression reflects that of an evolving British culture and tradition.
Who is she? A complex figure in the past, present, and uncertain future of the British monarchy.
What's the big deal? Camilla's position as Queen will provide an opportunity for her to highlight causes important to her within the U.K. and around the world, which include stopping domestic violence.
What are people saying? NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with Tina Brown, journalist and author of The Palace Papers, who shared her thoughts about Camilla as queen.
On the public abuse and disapproval Camilla has faced over the years:
Diana used to call her the Rottweiler, and she was not a glamour girl coming in at any point.
And unfortunately for her, people knew nothing really about her because she was so very private. Her friends knew she was this extraordinarily attractive and appealing woman, but in terms of the public feeling about her, they saw her through Diana's eyes, which was usurper.
She had to have that stigma, and the press went after her with such viciousness. The really appalling sexist comments about Camilla, they used to call her, "old bag" [and] "old trout". There was even a dish named after her as "Haddock Parker Bowles." Just the rudest things to the point that she used to joke to Charles and sign her letters as to him, "Your devoted old bag, Camilla." Because she'd been called it so often.
On whether the British public has warmed up to her:
Yes, because she's now been a working royal for nearly 20 years.
There has been an acceptance, in some ways, because Charles now becomes king so late, and she's a woman of 75 after all, she has now become sort of the nation's grandmother and is on her way to becoming sort of a national treasure. So kind of getting the reward, as it were, so late has really been beneficial to her, because earlier I don't think the public would have accepted it, but they're beginning to see that she's a very hardworking, very gracious, humorous, unpretentious woman.
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On her desires to be queen:
I think it's incredibly daunting, really, that aged 75 she's had to step into this role. But you know, quite honestly, I really don't think that Camilla was sort of antsing to be queen, as I think Harry feels. I think she was antsing to be married to Charles, simply because without being married to Charles, she was a constant sort of mistress in the shadows.
So, what now?
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