Camilla was the Queen’s “worst nightmare,” but also the Royal Family’s “best possible hope.”
In a throwback interview, royal historian David Starkey claimed that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was the Queen’s “worst nightmare” but also her “best possible hope” for the monarchy and for her son Prince Charles.
Camilla, 74, will attend today’s Rifles Awards Dinner at Guildhall in the City of London.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Princess Alexandra will attend the event with Prince Charles’ wife.
Camilla succeeded Prince Philip, who died in April, as Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles last year.
She will deliver a speech for the Rifles, one of the British Army’s largest infantry regiments, tonight.
Following a period of ill health for the monarch, the Duchess has been among the royals assisting her in recent weeks.
After being admitted to hospital for tests last month and advised to rest, Her Majesty has backed out of several engagements in recent weeks.
Camilla was among the senior royals at the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying ceremony in London earlier this month, which the Queen had said she would miss due to a back sprain.
Despite the fact that the Duchess is now a reliable supporter of Her Majesty, she was once dubbed “the Queen’s worst nightmare.”
In an unearthed interview from a documentary, royal historian David Starkey made the claim, also claiming that Camilla was her “best hope.”
The expert was interviewed for the documentary “Prince Edward andamp; Sophie Rhys-Jones: The True Story.”
The documentary was released in 1999, the same year that Sophie and Edward married and Camilla and Charles were publicly seen together for the first time since the death of his ex-wife Princess Diana two years prior.
“I believe Camilla Parker Bowles is both the Queen’s worst nightmare and, of course, her best possible hope as a future Princess of Wales,” Mr Starkey said.
“If only Charles had been the one who had discovered her first.”
Camilla is unmistakably the wife of the Windsors.”
The fairy-tale wedding of Charles and Princess Diana at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 was broadcast around the world.
Their marriage, however, soon fell apart, and by 1986, Charles had begun an affair with Camilla, who was married to Andrew Parker Bowles at the time.
In a series of press reports, details of the couple’s secret romance were revealed.
“News from the Brinkwire.”