However, the coronavirus crisis has seen the Duchess of Cornwall blossom into one of the most favoured senior royals. Camilla was famously slated b
However, the coronavirus crisis has seen the Duchess of Cornwall blossom into one of the most favoured senior royals. Camilla was famously slated by Princess Diana in a BBC Panorama interview in 1995. Diana described her and Charles’ marriage in damning terms, tearing into Camilla and the Prince of Wales’ affair. She said: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” However, since then, Camilla’s reputation has been turned on its head.
Camilla has been praised by royal fans as accessible and relatable throughout the coronavirus pandemic, after her appearance on BBC Radio 5.
The Duchess of Cornwall has taken on a huge workload throughout the pandemic, representing charities and supporting front-line workers.
In March, it was reported that her husband Prince Charles developed coronavirus symptoms, which led to a scare for Camilla.
Thankfully the duchess tested negative, but still self-isolated for a week at the couple’s Birkhall home.
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Her efforts throughout the pandemic have led to the once “most hated woman in Britain” to become a royal favourite.
A Twitter user said: “I know she was a much disliked person during the Di years but I think she is probably one of my favourite RF members now.”
The comments came after Camilla guest edited BBC Radio 5’s Emma Barnett Show on Monday.
On her takeover of the show, the duchess said she “can’t wait to hug” her grandchildren when the UK’s lockdown is over.
Another user heaped love on Camilla for her radio appearance, and said: “Said it before will say again I b****y love HRH Camilla Duchess of Cornwall.
“Stand out my favourite member of the Royal Family.
“I had the good fortune to meet her in 2019 at an event in Sussex & in her speech & our conversation she was engaging and knew her stuff!”
That praise followed a clip of Camilla humbly paying tribute to Diana Parkes, founder and patron of The Joanna Simpson Foundation.
The foundation aims to transform the care and support for children suffering from domestic abuse.
A friend of Camilla’s told Vanity Fair that the Duchess’ online presence during the pandemic has been wonderful for her.
The friend said: “It’s the duchess we all know and love, but the public doesn’t often get to see.
“She has come across brilliantly and the public is finally getting to see a bit of the real Camilla.
“Like her husband, she has a deep sense of knowing what to do in her public role, and I think they both recognise that their moment of leadership is happening now.
“The right thing to do is support her husband and the monarch and that is what she is doing.
“She’s seizing the moment.”