The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown
On Sale: March 13, 2018
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In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of
Cornwall—the infamous other woman who made the marriage
of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana "a bit
crowded"—esteemed royal biographer Penny Junor tells the
unlikely and extraordinary story of the woman reviled as
a pariah who, thanks to numerous twists of fate, became
the popular princess consort.
Few know the Windsor family as well as veteran royal
biographer and journalist Penny Junor. In The Duchess,
she casts her insightful, sensitive eye on the
intriguing, once widely despised, and little-known
Camilla Parker Bowles, revealing in full, for the first
time, the remarkable rise of a woman who was the most
notorious mistress in the world.
As Camilla’s marriage to Charles approached in 2005, the
British public were upset at the prospect that this
woman, universally reviled for wrecking the royal
marriage, would one day become queen. Sensitive to public
opinion, the palace announced that this would never
happen; when Charles eventually acceded to the throne,
Camilla would be known as the princess consort. Yet a
decade later British public sentiment had changed, with a
majority believing that Camilla should become queen.
Junor argues that although Camilla played a central role
in the darkest days of the modern monarchy—Charles and
Diana’s acrimonious and scandalous split—she also played
a central role in restoring the royal family’s
reputation, especially that of Prince Charles. A woman
with no ambition to be a princess, a duchess, or a queen,
Camilla simply wanted to be with, and support, the man
who has always been the love of her life. Junor contends
that their marriage has reinvigorated Charles, allowing
him to finally become comfortable as the heir to the
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