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Why Duchess Camilla Is the Press's Favorite Royal

While we were obsessing over Kate and Meghan, the best royal may have been hidden in plain sight.
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According to members of the press, we've been sleeping on a gem—and it's the royal many fans would least expect.

There were many bombs dropped in Prince Charles' recent Vanity Fair feature, and not least among them was this quote, sourced from an anonymous royal correspondent: "[Camilla is] my favorite royal, by a country mile... She knows all our names, she fosters a sense that we’re all in this together. She always gives you a little gleam in her eye and will find a moment to look at our cameras."


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The correspondent contrasted her kindness to Prince William and Kate Middleton's behavior. The couple actively avoid looking at photographers, and are reportedly "control freaks" about their public image.

Though they may have started off calling her "evil Camilla," the press has warmed to the Duchess in recent years. "I think the way Camilla has turned public perception is honestly by appearing a very normal person, which she is," Roya Nikkah, the Sunday Times royal correspondent, told NBC News. "She is very down to earth. She doesn’t have those stuffy airs."

Arthur Edwards, The Sun’s royal photographer, says that she's been this way for some time. Following her wedding to Prince Charles, "She came down the steps and came up and chatted to the crowd, and she chatted to us," Edwards told Vanity Fairin April. "There was no formality."

If the press can give her a second chance, we probably should too. After all, there's a good chance that she'll be Britain's Queen in the near future—and who doesn't love a Queen?

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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