Camilla Duchess of Cornwall skips Princess Eugenie's Windsor wedding

Mail Online | 5/24/2019 | Richard Spillett for MailOnline
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Camilla Duchess of Cornwall spent today 500 miles from the royal wedding as she visited a Scottish school with just nine pupils.

Prince Charles attended the nuptials of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank without his wife this morning as she remained in Balmoral.

Camilla - Letter - Eugenie - Absence - Decision

Camilla has sent a letter to Eugenie apologising for her absence, but her decision to stay away prompted speculation of a rift between her and the Duke of York and his estranged wife Sarah Ferguson.

Friends of Camilla have insisted there is no calculated snub and her absence was merely due to an unavoidable clash of dates.

'She - Fond - Eugenie - Beatrice - Friend

'She is fond of Eugenie and her sister Beatrice, and is very disappointed that she cannot be there,' one friend told the Daily Mail's Richard Kay this week.

But others have claimed Charles and Camilla felt Prince Andrew could have been more helpful at the time they were trying to get wider acceptance of their relationship.

Camilla - Arrival - Crathie - Primary - Aberdeenshire

Camilla's arrival at Crathie Primary in Aberdeenshire was delayed by a tree on the road as the area, home to the royals' Balmoral residence, was lashed by high winds and heavy rain.

She was given a tour of the school - which has just nine pupils - before visiting a new games pavilion in nearby Braemar.

Friday - Invitation - Camilla - Schoolchildren

It is understood that Friday's invitation was a long-standing one and Camilla did not want to let the schoolchildren down.

After apologising for her late arrival, she told her guides, 11-year-old Logan Beedie and Zara Jones, 10: 'It's nice and blowy outside, isn't it?'

Camilla - Duchess - Rothesay - Scotland - Love

Camilla, who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, shared her love of the local area and its wildlife with the pupils.

She said she had never seen a capercaillie but had been fortunate to see some golden eagles, telling the children: 'They're wonderful creatures - they're so big. When...
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