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Camilla speaks about the Royal Family: "I never think about becoming Queen"

Mirror logo Mirror 28/05/2017 Keith Perry
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The Duchess of Cornwall says she never thinks about becoming Queen.

As she approaches her 70th birthday in July, Camilla spoke for the first time about her relationship with the Prince of Wales and the pressures of marrying into the Royal Family .

She told the Mail on Sunday: "Sometimes you get up in the morning and think you can’t do it, and you just have to."

Twelve years after the Windsor wedding which sealed a love affair stretching back to the early 1970s, the former Camilla Parker Bowles admits that she was once almost a prisoner in her own home. It followed the news that she and Prince Charles had rekindled their relationship.

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For a year she was barely able to leave the house, fearful of public hostility and press hounding.

She passed the time reading and learning to paint. "I couldn’t really go anywhere," she says.

"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."

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She speaks affectionately about her brother Mark Shand , who died in 2014 after a fall in New York.

"Mark always wanted something. When I heard his voice on the phone saying 'Camillsy', I knew immediately that he wanted something. But God, I miss him."

In the UK she relaxes by spending time in her own home, Ray Mill in Wiltshire, where she scrambles breakfast eggs on her Aga, and entertains her five grandchildren.

She is a fan of Nordic noir crime shows on television and reads Robert Harris novels and books from the Booker Prize list. She is also devoted to her Jack Russells Beth and Bluebell.

Camilla says she takes each day as it comes and does not think about any possible accession.

If ever she became too uppity, she says, her friends would simply tell her: "Pull yourself together! Don’t be so bl**** grand!"

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