Camilla Parker has been vilified and antagonized for decades under the pretext that people are defending Princess Diana’s memory. This is why this madness has to stop!
Women have historically been compared to each other. Together with antagonizing them and vilifying them, setting feuds between women has been one of the most profitable and effective weapons in making patriarchy prevail. Queen Elizabeth I vs. her cousin Mary Stuart, Duchess of Alba vs. Queen Maria Luisa, the Greek goddess Hera with basically every single woman in Greek mythology, Joan Crawford vs. Bette Davis, Britney vs. Christina, and the list could go on and on for ages.
Perhaps one of the most popular feuds media has pushed and our morbid curiosity fueled is that of Princess Diana versus Camilla Parker, and the toxic idea of rivalry is being repeated within the same family with Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. But going back to the OG royal feud, it’s been clear that the attention has focused on the women and not on the man that caused the rivalry itself. Now, we’re not going channel all that hatred that one of them has clearly received and start ranting about Prince Charles, but it’s important to notice that he’s been the less attacked in this story of forbidden love and treason.
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Ever since it became public that Prince Charles had been unfaithful to Diana, people took sides blaming Camilla for almost everything; as if she had just decided to intentionally meddle in the relationship just to hurt Diana. Read it again, it sounds idiotic, so why do we still fall in that narrative in this day and age? I’m not trying to romanticize the story either, as many have tried saying that Charles and Camilla were only victims of their circumstances and that, at the end of the day, love prevailed. But why do we feel the need to constantly rub it on her face?
She was dubbed by media as “the most hated woman in the UK”, a home-wrecker, and an opportunist, and for decades she’s sucked all that and has put on a brave face in public. Since her marriage to Prince Charles in 2005, she’s assumed her role as a member of the royal family having to appear in public constantly and leading official appearances well knowing that she will have the eyes of the press hungrily looking for the tiniest mistake to bring back that part of her history and criticize her.
It’s not rocket science, you just have to look at press photos of Camilla to see that they don’t even make the slightest effort to make her look good. Go on YouTube or Tiktok and search for paparazzi photos comparisons between Camilla and Diana, you’ll find endless compilations showing how badly Camilla is constantly photographed most likely on purpose! Imagine, knowing in advance that there will be a lot of articles published every time you go out in public, and that they will likely be accompanied by terrible pictures of you simply because people won’t let go of a mistake you did in the past.
It’s not only media; we are also to blame, because, as mentioned, if it weren’t because of our morbid hunger to find a target to shoot our hatred on, media wouldn’t be so insistent on feeding that need. The Duchess of Cornwall, and now officially the future Queen Consort of the United Kingdom, has a 34% rating of approval ranking in the 11th spot of popularity among the royal family. Her husband, Prince Charles has 45% and is ranked in the 7th spot. There’s a clear difference considering that they aren’t that popular among the people due to the same issue. Moreover, these numbers increased recently mainly after the scandals involving Prince Andrew that sent him to the bottom of the list, and Harry and Meghan’s decision to resign to their royal duties.
Not only that, a recent survey revealed that only 14% wanted Camilla to get the title of Queen Consort, when the time comes, while 42% preferred she would simply be known as Princess Consort. Many still believe Diana was the right deserver of the title of Queen and that grating it to Camilla is a disrespect to her memory. But to be fair, Camilla has poured her life into the service of the Crown, and as we mentioned she’s always put on a happy face despite all the hatred and backlash she receives every day. Still, it doesn’t matter what we think the Queen has made it official and, if you ask me, she’s gained that right in the almost two decades of work she’s made.
All in all, yes, Camilla made a mistake by being with a married man, but the way she’s been vilified for decades while Charles has relatively gotten away with it, only proves that women are always the ones to blame in these cases. Hasn’t it been enough? Seriously, what benefit will come from keeping up with the bashing, the ridiculing, and the harassment of a woman? Diana’s memory won’t be affected nor disrespected for being nice to Camilla, on the contrary, it would send up a powerful message of sorority still so much needed today.