King Charles Fled Room & Phoned Camilla in Tears after 'Mummy' Queen Called Her a 'Wicked Woman,' Claims Book
Long before King Charles married his second wife and current Queen Consort, Camilla, the Queen was against their romance. A book revealed that Queen Elizabeth II once called Camilla a name that left her son distraught.
Camilla's affair with King Charles, then Prince Of Wales, shocked the world and rocked the royal family— especially after the tape scandal that involved the duo talking passionately about their love for each other.
A few years later, the duo were both divorced, and although King Charles expected a positive reaction from the Queen, whom he referred to as "mummy," in public events, he didn't get one.
King Charles III at a reception with Realm High Commissioners and their spouses in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace on September 11, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
A royal investigator explained via a biography how the reigning monarch intended to make his mother stop her opposition towards Camilla, the woman he loved.
He also revealed that King Charles was angry that his mother's behavior persisted since he and Camilla had already divorced.
For many years Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth, showed their dislike for Camilla.
King Charles III speaks at his proclamation as King during the accession council on September 10, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images
They banned her from formal or informal royal functions and objected to her romance with the royal. Despite the resistance, the couple continued their relationship but kept things under the radar.
By 1998, a year after Diana's tragic death, Camilla had become displeased with her lover's insistence that she must remain away from the public's eyes.
According to the book, Camilla complained about not being his plus one on dates with friends. That was not all; she was also restricted from getting closer to his sons and joining the family on holidays.
King Charles lll and his lover Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles in 1979. | Source: Getty Images
Although this might have been a bitter pill, the biographer mentioned it was for the best. King Charles understood that it would be a disservice to make their relationship public without the approval of "mummy."
Even Princess Magaret, the Queen's younger sister, understood his plight. She tried to intervene, but the Crown maintained that she never wanted to be seen with or discuss Camilla.
Camilla, Queen Consort pictured waving as she and King Charles arrive into the parade ring on the royal carriage as they attend Royal Ascot 2022 at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2022 in Ascot, England. | Source: Getty Images
The Queen's outright dismissal, even of her sister's pleadings, influenced King Charles to confront his mother and clarify the situation while seeking to convince her simultaneously.
How Charles Was Left in Tears after Talking with Mom about Camilla
Reportedly, King Charles decided to speak with his mom in the night while she was in her sitting room in Balmoral. He requested her to lessen the hostility toward Camilla so that they could live openly as a couple.
Queen Consort Camilla Parker-Bowles, King Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at a dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel on November 27, 2015 in Valletta, Malta. | Source: Getty Images
The then Prince of Wales guessed that the Queen, who seldom pried into matters such as this, would not directly object to his plea. However, what came next surprised him. According to the book, the Queen, who had gulped down several drinks that night, aired her opinions strongly.
She maintained that she would not forgive his adultery with Camilla, whom she also blamed for the demise of his marriage.
Newlyweds King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle on April 9 2005 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
This heartbroken prince fled the room; he could not bear the antagonism, nor did he find it pleasing to hear his mother call his lover "wicked". Still, in an emotional state, he called Camilla from the palace.
The royal investigator pointed out that the Queen's rejection of her son's lover was not only based on moral grounds, but she was equally concerned about Camilla's reputation and how people viewed her.
Queen Elizabeth II at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on November 30, 2017 in Chichester, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images
Following the Camillagate tape—the recording that proved their affair while King Charles was married to Diana, where she had declared, "Oh darling, I love you . . . I need you all the week, all the time," the Queen believed that Camilla's character was likened to that of a shrewd mistress.
His mother's disbelief at the woman he loved broke his heart. The King found it difficult to reconcile why his mother posed a threat to his happiness, nor why she was not conscious of his needs.
King Charleslll and Queen Consort Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Braemar Highland Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 3, 2022 in Braemar, Scotland. | Source: Getty Images
However, he was insistent on convincing the Queen, so he enlisted the help of close family members and friends.
Apart from Princess Margaret, the Earl of Carnarvon, a close friend, and racehorse trainer to the Queen interceded for her son.
But somehow, that did not work. In fact, after his conversation with the Queen, the Earl switched camps and supported her reasons.
King Charles lll, Queen Consort Camilla Parker-Bowles and Queen Elizabeth II watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Again, Angus Ogilvy, who was married to Princess Alexandra, tried to put in word for Camilla, but it ended in futility.
Charles fought for Camilla in his way
King Charles was distraught, but he remained undefeated. He tried to convince his mother to accept Camilla in many ways.
King Charles lll at the Braemar Highland Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 3, 2022 in Braemar, Scotland. | Source: Getty Images
He continued with the romance and even invited her to dinners during the Queen's absence. His father, Prince Philip, supported the Queen.
He wrote a personal letter to the then Prince of Wales, advising him against marrying Camilla. In retaliation, King Charles shared the content of the letter with a doctor, Bolland and asked him to leak it to the press.
Again, the Queen's son told her private secretary, Robert Fellowes that his mother "needed to move with the times," insinuating that she had failed to evolve with the change in society.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the reopening the newly-renovated Edwardian community hall on July 4, 2018 in Builth Wells, Wales. | Source: Getty Images
This was not welcomed by Fellowes, who reportedly tagged King Charles and his mistress as selfish people.
Their struggle continued, but as time went on, King Charles developed more mature tactics. Instead of challenging the authority fiercely by making some statements to some trusted persons, he grew more sophisticated.
In 2000, the King wanted his mother to come in contact with Camilla so he invited her to King Constantine of Greece's birthday party, knowing that she would never miss the celebration.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla Parker-Bowles during The Prince's Foundation Gala Dinner in London. | Source: Getty Images
Unexpectedly, the Queen was present, as was his lover, but she was still obstinate about being introduced to Camilla until 2002.
That year, the Queen Mother died, and the Queen who knew her mother also shared the same dislike for Camilla disapproved of her being a part of the funeral ceremony.
However, following King Charles's tribute to the Queen Mother, the Queen surrendered— she eventually allowed Camilla to attend as a "friend of the Queen Mother."
Camilla, Queen Consort reacts as Britain's King Charles III smiles at a meeting of the Accession Council inside St James's Palace in London on September 10, 2022. | Source: Getty Images
Despite softening toward Camilla, the Queen never imagined that her son would go to marry his former mistress.
Charles and Camilla Faced More Challenges, but Their Love Won
King Charles remained persistent in his love and affection for Camilla, and eventually, his mother allowed him to marry her. The couple had their wedding in 2005, after many years.
King Charles lll reading the Queen's Speech as he sits by his wife Queen Consort Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the House of Lords chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament, at the Palace of Westminster on May 10, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Still, it was not easy as the Anglican church refused to unite two divorcees; the Queen did not give her son the go-ahead to have a lavish wedding ceremony; she wanted a modest celebration.
Apart from that, Queen Elizabeth II admitted that she would not be present at the town hall ceremony. Apart from the resistance from the crown, they also faced criticism from the British people.
A poll showed that very few people would accept Camilla as the future Queen next to her husband when he succeeds the throne.
Queen Consort Camilla at the opening Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) and Brownsword Therapies Centre on October 22, 2019 in Bath, England. | Source: Getty Images
Also, the Buckingham Palace briefings described her as "the unwilling bride" and "a bundle of nerves, who had no passion for becoming the Queen".
Following their 2005 wedding and with time, the crown and the people became more receptive toward Camilla.
The Queen wanted her son to be happy, so she opened up to Camilla, who also proved herself worthy by fulfilling her royal duties.
Queen Elizabeth II in the House of Lords alongside Prince Philip, King Charles lll and Queen Consort Camilla Parker-Bowles during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on May 27, 2015 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Before the Queen's demise, on the eve of her 70th anniversary as a monarch, she released a statement acknowledging Camilla's contributions and conferring her the title of "Queen's Consort".
As expected, following the Queen's death on September 8, 2022, her son ascended the throne, and by his side was his wife, former Duchess of Cornwall, who became the Queen Consort.