I preface this blog post with this: I grew up in a household that read the tabloid magazines. Not only did we read the magazines, we were taught to believe most of what we read. Strange, absolutely! I tell you this, so you’ll have a better understanding of where I am coming from.
My first memory of the British Royal Family was the funeral procession of Diana, Princess of Wales. I don’t remember anything about the funeral itself, but I remember my family being so upset because “the princess died.” As a five year old child, the term princess triggered Disney princess and I immediately asked which princess?? Surely it wasn’t Belle or heaven forbid Snow White?!? After my grandmother assured me it was neither but rather Princess Di, I oddly enough did not feel any better. “Why did such a beautiful princess have to be taken from this earth,” I thought? But one comment that was made that day has stuck with me since that dreadful day. “I hope that woman is happy,” my grandmother shouted at the television set. As that time, I had no idea who she was referring to but as I grew older and my passion for royalty deepened, I soon realized she meant the former Camilla Parker-Bowles. As soon as this reality found a home in my mind, I grew a deep hatred for Camilla, a woman I barely knew anything about. It was basically a favourite family pastime to make jokes about Camilla.
And then something occurred to me.
It wasn’t Camilla’s fault that the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales ended in a bitter divorce. It wasn’t Camilla’s fault that Diana, Princess of Wales had passed away in a car accident. Most of the things that she had been blamed for weren’t her fault at all. In fact, she had done many terrific things for the public in general.
Now, I’m sure many of you are shaking your heads or screaming at me from behind your computer screens, but this was a huge revelation for me. Because of this, I have come to accept (the former) Camilla Parker-Bowles as Her Royal Highness Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. I also feel that I owe Her Royal Highness a HUGE apology for my non-valid feelings toward her.
I believe this shift in feelings that I have experienced over the past few years is beginning to happen in Britain and all over the world. Wherever she goes, a huge crowd always awaits. Her first solo overseas trip was fabulous. She’s even making official visits with Her Majesty the Queen; that, to me, is a huge sign that it is “okay” to accept her. If the Queen approves … so should we!
Because of all this, I truly believe that we will eventually see Queen Camilla, Queen Consort and I’m very much looking forward to this transformation.