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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall said in a recent interview that she and her husband, Prince Charles, can sometimes find it difficult to find time to be together amid their countless royal engagements.
The Duchess, who the Queen said earlier this year would be known as the Queen Consort once Charles ascends the throne, opened up about their marriage in a rare interview for British Vogue’s July issue.
“Sometimes it’s not easy, but we always try to have a point in the day that we meet,” she told the magazine.
She said the two were “sometimes it’s like ships sailing by in the night but we always sit down and have a cup of tea and discuss the day. We have a moment.”
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The Duchess said the pair enjoy “going out” together because they “can actually sit and read our books in different corners of the same room.” It’s very relaxing because you know you don’t have to talk. They just sit together and are together.” .”
The couple last found themselves in the limelight during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, which saw the couple join Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to distance themselves from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess , from Sussex, who had been reunited with the family for the first time since stepping down as senior royals.
Camilla also reflected on the intense media scrutiny she, Charles and the late Princess Diana received in the 1990s, when Charles and Diana’s marriage fizzled amid speculation that he was in love with Camilla.
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Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 after four years of separation and a year before “the People’s Princess” died in a car crash in Paris while being pursued by the paparazzi.
Charles and Camilla married in 2005.
“It is not easy. I’ve been under scrutiny for so long you just have to find a way to live with it,” the royal admitted. “Nobody likes to be looked at and, you know, criticized all the time, but I think in the end I kind of get over it and move on. You have to get on with life.”
The Duchess will turn 75 in July and said: “There’s not much celebration going on.”
She said she plans to spend the day with her family and a few friends.
Camilla has two adult children with her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles, is stepmother to Princes William and Harry and has several grandchildren.
“You know, the beauty of being a grandmother is that you get to spoil them occasionally and give them more of the things their parents don’t allow them to do,” she told the magazine.
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Her step-grandchildren include William’s children: Prince George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, and Harry’s two children: Archie and Lilibet.