The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown

The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown

by Penny Junor


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“Thoroughly well-written, this is a believable portrait of a woman who did not seek publicity or a royal role but instead to support the love of her life, Prince Charles.” — Library Journal (starred review)

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, famously blamed by Diana for wrecking her marriage to Charles.

In marrying the Prince of Wales in 2005, this hitherto private and self-effacing mother of two became the second most senior female member of the British Royal Family. She made him laugh again; made him a happier, more confident man, who with her by his side, will go on to be a successful and popular king. But in so doing she also made sacrifices. She gave up the freedom she had always taken for granted. She signed up to a future of public engagements, ceremonies, receptions, overseas tours, and charitable work that would exhaust women half her age.

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 will one day be seen as the woman who shored up the British monarchy. 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 allowed Charles finally to become comfortable as the heir to the British throne.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062471116
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 554,217
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

British journalist, broadcaster, and author Penny Junor has covered the Royal Family for nearly thirty years. She is the author of biographies of both the Prince and Princess of Wales, their two sons, and two British prime ministers, and the coauthor of Patti Boyd’s autobiography, Wonderful Tonight, which was an instant number one New York Times bestseller. She is married with four children and lives in Wiltshire, England.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xvii

1 The Problem 1

2 Debs' Delight 6

3 Medals Not Money 14

4 History 19

5 The Foundation Years 29

6 The Stuffed Stoat 35

7 Swinging Sixties 40

8 Mrs PB 48

9 The Attentions of a Prince 56

10 An Education 63

11 A Suitable Bride 70

12 Dishonesty All Round 77

13 A State of Mind 83

14 The Stuff of Nightmares 87

15 Princess of Wales 94

16 A Plea for Help 99

17 For King and Country 105

18 Annus Horribilis 111

19 The Final Salvos 123

20 Dark Days 127

21 Divorce 134

22 Blackadder 140

23 Week of Waiting 149

24 A Low Profile 156

25 Raw Recruit 161

26 Coming Out 168

27 A Little Local Difficulty 176

28 U-Turn 186

29 Final Furlong 191

30 It Girl 197

31 Staying Sane 203

32 Pillars of Interest 209

33 A Good Read 212

34 Nothing to Prove 221

35 In the Family 227

36 Bedside Manner 232

37 Abroad 237

38 WOW 243

39 Making a Difference 246

40 Domestic Violence 254

41 Mending Fences 259

42 The Future 265

Bibliography 275

Picture Credits 277

Acknowledgements 279

Index 281

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