Queen Camilla, once shunned by British public, comes to the rescue as Charles is treated for cancer

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Britain’s King Charles III and Queen Camilla leave The London Clinic in central London on Jan 29, 2024. King Charles III was in hospital to receive treatment for an enlarged prostate. Queen Camilla, once seen as the scourge of the House of Windsor, the woman at the heart of King Charles III’s doomed marriage to the late Princess Diana, has emerged as one of the monarchy’s most prominent emissaries. (AP)

LONDON, Feb 15, (AP): What a difference a few decades can make.
Queen Camilla, once seen as the scourge of the House of Windsor, the woman at the heart of King Charles III’s doomed marriage to the late Princess Diana, has emerged as one of the monarchy’s most prominent emissaries.
With Charles and Kate, the Princess of Wales, sidelined by illness, Camilla has stepped lightly into the void, increasing her schedule of appearances and taking on the all-important role of keeping the royal family in the public eye.
“It’s been a remarkable transformation,” said longtime royal commentator and former BBC correspondent Michael Cole. “And, I think, Camilla, Queen Camilla, has certainly earned the respect that she’s receiving. … She has done a remarkably good job.”
That has been especially important in recent weeks as three of the royal family’s most senior members were forced to take time off work.
The king has canceled his public engagements indefinitely after revealing that he is undergoing treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer. The news comes as the royals are missing the energetic presence of Kate, who is recovering from abdominal surgery. Prince William also took time off to support his wife, though he is now back at work.
Camilla has helped pick up the slack, demonstrating the importance of her rehabilitation to Charles and the royal family.
It took years for many in Britain to forgive Camilla, whose extramarital affair with Charles torpedoed his marriage to Diana, known as “the People’s Princess.” The glamorous young mother of Princes William and Harry died in a Paris car crash in 1997, five years after her messy, public split from Charles.
But the public mood has softened since Charles married the woman then known as Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
Camilla, 76, has taken on roles at more than 100 charities, championing issues that range from promoting literacy to supporting victims of domestic violence and helping the elderly.
With a down-to-earth style and self-deprecating sense of humor, she eventually won over many Britons.
In a speech at the Foreign Press Association’s annual awards dinner in November, Camilla even won over a room full of reporters when she made a wry reference to her sometimes tense relationship with the media.
“There are journalists in my family, and I have even been the subject of one or two stories myself over the years,” she said to laughter from the crowd.

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