Camilla Parker Bowles is the wife of Prince Charles of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and an esteemed royal family member. The Duchess joined the royal family when Prince Charles married her following his divorce with his previous wife, Princess Diana.
Although Bowles wasn’t the public’s favorite person, especially after Diana named her the third person in her marriage, she soon won the public’s hearts. Years later, most described her as a very approachable person, easy to relate to, and delightful personality.
The Duchess is known to hold the roles of president, patron, or member of several charities and organizations. She recently made and appearance in one and gave a speech about a serious topic in many homes the world over.
Bowles Is Involved In Several Charities
As a member of the royal house and the wife to the future king, Bowles is deeply involved in several sectors that interest the monarchy. This includes charities and organizations focused on helping women and children. Besides joining charities of interest to the royal family, the Duchess is also involved in charities related to her personally.
One of such charities is the Royal Osteoporosis Society, where she has held the position of president since 2001. Bowles’ mother and maternal grandmother passed away as a result of Osteoporosis, so it’s no surprise that she is so invested in society. Her role mainly involved spreading awareness and research on the disease.
Bowles isn’t only interested in organizations with medical relief as the end goal; she is also a patron of charities for rape and sexual abuse victims. The Duchess has occasionally visited support groups and sat down with survivors.
Bowles Talked About Domestic Abuse
Bowles recently hosted an event at Clarence House to mark the 50th anniversary of Refuge. This is a charity tasked with lending a hand to people undergoing domestic abuse. As the charity’s patron, the Duchess addressed the country’s progress on handling the rampant issue.
Via People, Bowles said, “Many of you were not even born then, but those of us who were around (in those far-off days) remember how different life was for women and, above all, for women living with abuse. They were, effectively, prisoners in their own homes; held captive by the one person they should have been able to trust.”
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Remembers When Domestic Abuse Was a 'Taboo Subject' in Powerful Speech https://t.co/7O6wTRVQSG
— People (@people) January 25, 2022
“Fifty years ago, there was almost no support available: no helplines, no counseling, nowhere to go, no specialist laws, and, perhaps most painfully, very little public understanding of the issue. It was a taboo subject: what happened at home stayed at home,” the royal added.
Bowles also pointed out that despite the attempts at awareness, several women in the United Kingdom experience domestic violence of many forms in their homes. She ended the speech by pointing out that the charity’s work is still “as necessary as ever.”
Bowles Is The 11th Most Popular Royal In The UK
Despite Bowles’ attempts to win the public eye and secure her place in the royal family, she is still one of the least liked royals. YouGov revealed that the Duchess is currently the 11th most popular royal among 15.
Bowles approval rating is currently at 34 percent, compared to Charles, who is at 45 percent and the 7th most loved royal in the UK. Some believe that Bowles’ low ratings have strong ties with her role in Charles and Diana’s divorce.
A royal expert named Richard Fitzwilliam revealed that there would always be a section of the public who disliked the Duchess mainly because of this. In an interview with Express, he said, “Here’s the problem ‒ that anything to do with Diana, which is constantly in the news, does bring back past memories.”
“The past decades and this brings back Diana, will mean obviously that there will always be a section of society that are far from enamoured by Camilla,” Fitzwilliam added.
Bowles’ Statement On The Importance Of Literature
The royal is also known for her love of books and all things literature. Among her other job descriptions, she also made time to promote children’s literacy. In a statement about the “Literacy Heroes” campaign, Bowles talked about the importance of reading to the next generation.
The statement read, “I firmly believe in the importance of igniting a passion for reading in the next generation. I was lucky enough to have a father who was a fervent bibliophile and a brilliant storyteller too.”
She added that literature was constantly competing with other attention grabbers; more young people were needed to rekindle the reading passion. “In a world where the written word competes with so many other calls on our attention, we need more Literacy Heroes to keep inspiring young people to find the pleasure and power of reading for themselves.
“I look forward to hearing about your heroes who, like my father, have had such an impact on the opportunities, aspirations, and happiness of others through the vital skill of literacy.”