Camilla reveals struggles with media attention – and her love for Wordle | Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall has opened up about her struggles with media attention in a rare interview, in which she also revealed she played Wordle with her granddaughter every day.

Speaking to British Vogue at Clarence House, the London home she shares with Prince Charles, Camilla opened up about approaching her 75th birthday, being a grandmother and learning from young people.

Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House on the cover of British Vogue's July issue.
The Duchess of Cornwall photographed at Clarence House for British Vogue’s July issue. Photo credit: Jamie Hawkesworth/British Vogue/PA

Speaking about the pressures of press control, she said she had to learn to rise above media criticism. “It’s not easy,” she said. “I’ve been scrutinized for so long you just have to find a way to live with it. Nobody likes to be looked at all the time and, you know, criticized and… but I think in the end I kind of get over it and move on.”

The interview comes after the anniversary celebrations, at which Prince Charles was reportedly among those who lobbied the Queen for the Duke of York not to be seen in public for the procession to the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle.

Camilla also revealed that she enjoyed the viral word puzzle Wordle, which took the internet by storm earlier this year. “I do Wordle with my granddaughter every day,” she said. “She’ll text me to say, ‘I made it in three,’ and I’ll say, ‘Sorry, I made it in two today.’ It’s very satisfying when it tells you how brilliant you are.”

She said she loves texting with her five grandchildren, all aged between 12 and 14. “It’s very nice to get a text message,” she said. “We learn from very young people and they also learn from us. It’s always been that way.”

With her birthday next month, the Duchess revealed that her grandchildren were trying to convince her to get their ears pierced, but to no avail. She described watching her granddaughters “starting to get into clothes and makeup” as “pretty scary.” “You see her coming out with pierced ears and a lot of new makeup and funky dyed hair and stuff like that.”

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In the interview, she also revealed her fashionable no-gos. Two weeks ago, as she was getting ready for the Vogue shoot, the magazine’s team suggested she wear an outfit that matched the wisteria in the Clarence House garden. It was an instant no from the Duchess, who dubbed the color “menopausal mauve.”

Instead, she opted for a Bruce Oldfield Couture evening gown from her own closet. At the shoot, she said, “I had some [press-on] Nails, but I lost them all while gardening yesterday.”

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