Thursday 18 January 2018

Camilla reveals she felt like a prisoner in her own home after Prince Charles affair: 'It was horrid'

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, pose on the terrace of the Palazzo Pitti after a meeting with representatives from Woolmark and the Campaign for Wool, on April 3, 2017 in downtown Florence. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, pose on the terrace of the Palazzo Pitti after a meeting with representatives from Woolmark and the Campaign for Wool, on April 3, 2017 in downtown Florence. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI
Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose together during their honeymoon in Balmoral, Scotland, 19th August 1981. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on a recent visit to Ireland
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after the ceremony. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Clarence House official handout photo of the Prince of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony, April 9, 2005 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Hugo Burnand/Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall leave a blessing at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle after their civil wedding 09 April, 2005. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
Princess Diana And Prince Charles watch an official event during their first royal Australian tour 1983 IN Newcastle, Austrlia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after the ceremony. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after the ceremony. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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.

(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.
(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.

"'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!'"

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall leave a blessing at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle after their civil wedding 09 April, 2005. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall leave a blessing at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle after their civil wedding 09 April, 2005. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

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