How Camilla has revamped her public image, according to royal insiders

Mail Online | 4/9/2019 | Hayley Richardson For Mailonline
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She was once dubbed 'Britain's most hated woman', believed to have been the person driving a wedge between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

But Camilla Parker Bowles has been on a stealthy mission to change the public's perception of her - and by all accounts she's succeeded.

Year - Royal - Expert - Phil - Dampier

Earlier this year royal expert Phil Dampier went so far as to say the Duchess of Cornwall is 'now quite popular', adding: 'I think most people will accept her as Queen when the time comes.'

Camilla Shand, now 71, met Charles, now 70, in the summer of 1971 and, according to royal biographer Penny Juror, the prince was instantly taken with her - particularly because she was 'not in anyway overawed by him, not fawning or sycophantic'.

Couple - Camilla - Background - Grandfather - Baron

But the couple were prevented from marrying then as Camilla was deemed 'unsuitable', with an insufficiently aristocratic background - despite her maternal grandfather being a baron.

Camilla went on to marry Andrew Parker Bowles, with whom she has two children, but the couple split in 1995 after 22 years of marriage. She married Charles in April 2005 in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall.

Member - Firm - Camilla - Husband - Public

Since becoming a fully-fledged member of The Firm, Camilla has endeavoured to do right by her husband and the British public.

And her efforts haven't gone unnoticed, with Dampier claiming people have 'warmed' to Camilla - and indeed her husband.

FEMAIL - Look - Duchess - Cornwall - Image

Here FEMAIL takes a look at how the Duchess of Cornwall has quietly revamped her public image and injected a sense of fun into the royal family.

Bringing out Charles' fun side

Camilla - Sense - Humour - Boyfriend - Kevin

Much has been said about Camilla's sense of humour, with former boyfriend Kevin Burke once describing her as 'never tongue-tied or shy' and always having 'something amusing' to say.

It seems her enthusiasm is infectious; once buttoned-up and serious, public-facing Charles now regularly grins and...
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