US media dubs Camilla 'New York's Frump Tower'
BRITAIN'S Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in the US capital yesterday to take both lunch and dinner with President George W Bush.
Camilla will be hoping for a slightly warmer reception in Washington after less than gushing reviews in the New York press.
Her American debut was marked in the New York Post with the headline "Queen Camilla Is New York's Frump Tower" while one article branded her a "fashion disaster".
The New York Times noted that a middle-aged woman wearing heels was "a sign that she was trying".
Outside the White House a lone protester held a framed picture of Diana and a banner reading "Queen Elizabeth Camilla is not welcome in the USA".
Lisa Hartwick (46) from Edinburgh, followed the royal party from New York. and plans to protest at each stop on the royal visit.
"This is Diana territory," she said. "Camilla is not welcome here, Americans just don't like her. She broke up a marriage and I hope she never gets to be queen."
Miss Hartwick, who moved to New York State in 1979, took time out from running her bed and breakfast to make her point and said she was prepared to do whatever it took to illustrate what she claimed was the general view of Americans.
"I feel really strongly about this," she added. "I was horrified when they got married and I wish he would have left her at home."
After a small, private lunch with Mr and Mrs Bush, Charles and Camilla planted a tree at a local school for disadvantaged youngsters.
The royal couple arrived on the South Lawn at the White House to be greeted by Mr Bush and his wife.
Camilla wore an indigo boucle wool jacket over a matching crepe dress by her favoured designer Robinson Valentine.