Queen Consort Camilla won’t be pushed around and has ensured her voice has been heard during preparations for the King’s Coronation, one of her closest aides has said.
Fiona, Marchioness of Lansdowne, who is an official companion of the former Duchess of Cornwall and godmother of her daughter Laura Lopes, has emphasised the inner grit of the Queen Consort, who has overcame a number of controversies in recent years.
Speaking publicly about Camilla for the first time, Lady Lansdowne told The Sunday Times: “She’s not going to be pushed about. She won’t have a hissy fit, but she’ll say, ‘No, I want it done this way.’
“It’s an incredibly important date for both of them, she needs to know her part.”
A source close to Camilla concurred, telling the publication: “You can see it with the rehearsals for the coronation — getting her voice heard has sometimes been challenging. But she is making sure her voice is heard by going, ‘This is what I think about it,’ and by talking to the King.
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“He wants to make his wife happy, she has earned that right. She is anxious it should go well and has instincts about ways it might be better tweaked.”
One such example would be the inclusion of Camilla’s teenage grandchildren in the ceremony, who will assist in carrying her train in a reflection that the monarchy is a blended family, like so many others across the UK.
Lady Lansdowne said: “It was a big decision, but it’s so much more fun to have them there by her side.”
She adds that the Queen Consort was keen to get her way when it came to the guestlist, saying she is “fiercely loyal to friends”.
Many that see Camilla behind the scenes point out her aptitude at navigate the complex world of the royal court.
Multiple royal household circles refer to her as “the lady boss”, with one source describing her as “canny”.
However, her stepson Prince Harry has not been too kind to the Queen Consort in his memoir, Spare, accusing her of leaking stories to the media to improve her public image.
“I have complex feeling about gaining a step-parent who I thought had recently sacrificed me on her person PR altar,” he wrote.
The Duke of Sussex also revealed that he and brother Prince William “begged” father Charles not to marry Camilla, before later labelling her his “wicked stepmother”.
Additionally, Harry described her as “dangerous” and a “villain” who left “bodies in the street” as she attempted to bolster her public perception.
Lady Lansdowne said that while the comments “hurt”, Camilla “doesn’t let it get to her”.
An aide said: “It was not stamping of feet or gnashing of teeth, it was much more of an eye-roll response”.
Camilla will be crowned alongside King Charles in Westminster Abbey on May 6.