Camilla reveals she felt like a prisoner in her own home after Prince Charles affair: 'It was horrid'
Camilla, Britain's Duchess of Cornwall has opened up about the aftermath of her affair with Prince Charles, revealing she felt like a prisoner in her own home after it went public.
The 69-year-old first dated Prince Charles in 1971 before parting ways and later rekindled their relationship while they were both married: she wed Andrew Parker-Bowles in 1973 and Charles married the late Princess Diana in 1981.
Camilla divorced her husband in 1995 and Charles and Diana's marriage officially ended in 1996 after separating in 1992. When news of the affair was made public, the mother-of-two revealed she couldn't leave her home due to the intense press scrutiny.
"I couldn’t really go anywhere. But the children came and went as normal — they just got on with it, and so did great friends. It was horrid. It was a deeply unpleasant time and I wouldn’t want to put my worst enemy through it. I couldn’t have survived it without my family," she told the Daily Mail's You Magazine.
Charles and Camilla eventually wed in 2005.
She credits her personal strength to her "idyllic" upbringing and is close with her sister Annabel and was close to her brother Mark up to his death in 2014.
"You have to be, but I think it also comes from my upbringing. We were brought up in a very happy family and I can’t whinge about my childhood because it was idyllic," she added.
Camila says she often doesn't recognise herself in royal situations and relies on her friends to keep feet on the ground.
"'I sometimes think to myself, ‘Who is this woman? It can’t possibly be me.' And that’s really how you survive.
Also, having so many friends who, if I ever even vaguely look like getting uppity, which touch wood I never have, they would just say, 'Look, come on, pull yourself together! Don’t be so bloody grand!'"