Their love affair has spanned four decades, ignited worldwide scandal and saw two marriages crumble in spectacularly public fashion.
While Camilla and Prince Charles are now finally happy after tying the knot in 2005, reports claim the Duchess of Cornwall had a notorious link to the royal family from when she was just a child.
What’s more, young Camilla even boasted of the link – which coincidentally she would go on to mirror her own life.
According to Christopher Anderson, author of Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne, classmates of 10-year-old Camilla at Queen’s Gate boarding school remember the youngster – fondly nicknamed Milla – proclaiming her link to the British royals.
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“My great-grandmother was the lover of the king,” Camilla was reported to have said, according to an interview Christopher did with the New York Post.
“We’re practically royalty.”
Camilla’s great-grandmother in question was British socialite Alice Keppel, who was widely known to be King Edward VII’s mistress from 1898 to the king’s death in 1910.
The Post also reports actress Lynn Redgrave, who was a fellow student at the boarding school near Kensington Palace, claiming Camilla had her sights set on the prize from an early age.
“Landing a rich husband was the top of the agenda,” Lynn reportedly said. “Camilla… wanted to have fun, but she also wanted to marry well because, in her mind, that would be the most fun of all.”
Camilla’s salacious link to the royal family was something she was proud to play up on, with accounts of her first meeting with Prince Charles seeing her name dropping her great-grandmother again.
The Post reports Charles’ close friend Lucia Santa Cruz introducing 24-year-old Camilla Shand to the future king at a dinner party, with the socialite curtsying before dropping her epic opening line.
“My great-grandmother and your great-great-grandfather were lovers. So how about it?” Camilla reportedly quipped.
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