Camilla admits having ‘half a hug’ with her grandchildren despite ban on embracing

Grandmother-of-five Camilla admits having ‘half a hug’ with her grandchildren despite ban on embracing

  • Camilla, 73, revealed she has defied the controversial ban on embracing
  • The Duchess of Cornwall is a fully vaccinated grandmother-of-five 
  • She made the admission despite the ban on hugging until May 17 at the earliest 

Camilla, a fully vaccinated grandmother-of-five, made the admission despite the state forbidding hugging until May 17 at the earliest

The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed she has defied the controversial ban on embracing and enjoyed ‘half a hug’ with her grandchildren.

Camilla, a fully vaccinated grandmother-of-five, made the admission despite the state forbidding hugging until May 17 at the earliest.

The duchess, 73, spoke last year of wishing to hold her grandchildren once more.

When asked if she had been able to do that more recently as Britain continues to reopen, she told The Telegraph: ‘I have been able to. I have had a hug. I am doubly jabbed so, umm, we’ve had a sort of half hug.’

‘It’s been so lovely just to be able to see them again and talk to them. You know, telephones and machines and these Zooms are fine, but nothing’s ever the same as being able to give somebody a good hug. 

‘I’m waiting for the final date when we can actually go into each other’s homes, to be able to sit down and have a proper lunch and, you know, just have a proper life again.’   

Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles is father to two children – 13-year-old Lola and 11-year-old Freddy.

Left to right: Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, holding bridesmaid Eliza Lopes and the Duchess of Cornwall, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Left to right: Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, holding bridesmaid Eliza Lopes and the Duchess of Cornwall, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Duke and Duchess of Rothesay are greeted by the Duchess's grandchildren as they attend the Ballater Highland Games

Duke and Duchess of Rothesay are greeted by the Duchess’s grandchildren as they attend the Ballater Highland Games

His daughter Laura Lopes is mother to Eliza, 13, and 11-year-old twins Louis and Gus.

The Duchess’s comments come following the recent birthdays of Princess Charlotte, 6, Prince Louis, 3, and Archie, 2.

The interview took place as she visited a women’s refuge in Reading, Berkshire, where the royal revealed the very personal effect witnessing domestic abuse has had on her.

Earlier this year, Camilla revealed her own friends had suffered domestic violence and she has long advocated for more specialist support, becoming the patron for charity SafeLives last year.

The Duchess was left visibly shaken after speaking to survivors in 2016, but she broached the topic very differently this time around on her first in-person visit to a domestic abuse refuge since lockdown restrictions eased.

Speaking with 18 female survivors at the Berkshire Aid refuge, Camilla pointed to rising domestic abuse numbers and the fact we ‘all know someone in an abusive relationship.’  

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Duchess of Cornwall is a Loose Women but won’t watch The Crown

Loose Women’s royal seal of approval! Duchess of Cornwall often watches the daytime chat show while she’s not working but steers clear of The Crown, her son Tom Parker Bowles reveals

  • Tom Parker Bowles says his mother Camilla is a fan of the ITV daytime chat show
  • Appeared on programme to promote his new Fortnum & Mason book about tea
  • Admitted he forgot to tell mum about appearance but knew she ‘likes’ the show
  • Revealed that neither he or his mother watch Netflix royal drama The Crown  

When she’s not busy performing royal duties across the country, it seems the Duchess of Cornwall likes to settle down and watch a bit of daytime TV. 

Appearing on ITV today, her son Tom Parker Bowles told the show’s hosts that while she can’t always ‘nip off and watch Loose Women’, the 73-year-old royal will try her best to catch the programme.  

Food writer Tom, 46, admitted that he’d forgotten to warn his mother about his appearance on the daytime talk show, but that he wasn’t too concerned because he ‘knows what she likes’.  

He also revealed that neither he nor his mother watch The Crown – but that if Camilla was to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea, her brew of choice would be English Breakfast with a slice of lemon. 

Tom Parker Bowles says his mother Camilla, pictured during a visit to a London hospital last year, is a fan of ITV daytime chat show Loose Women 

Speaking of a chat with one of the show’s producers, he said: ‘She said “Have you rang your mum to ask her?” And I thought, “Oh gosh I’ve forgotten”. But I know what she likes.’

Confirming that his mother is a fan of the show, he explained: ‘I can’t remember which one of you she told but she doesn’t lie about that sort of stuff, so she said it, it’s true, she does. 

Asked if Camilla is a regular viewer, he said: ‘When she’s working she can’t nip off and watch Loose Women but when she’s not, most definitely.’  

Tom was appearing to promote his new book for Fortnum & Mason, Time for Tea, which provides an expert guide to all the different teas in the high-end department store. 

Food writer Tom, 46, (pictured) admitted that he had forgotten to warn his mother about his appearance on the daytime talk show this morning

Food writer Tom, 46, (pictured) admitted that he had forgotten to warn his mother about his appearance on the daytime talk show this morning 

He told the show's hosts today that while she can't always 'nip off and watch Loose Women', the 73-year-old royal will try her best to catch the programme

He told the show’s hosts today that while she can’t always ‘nip off and watch Loose Women’, the 73-year-old royal will try her best to catch the programme

When asked what Camilla would typically drink he said: ‘I don’t think she drinks so much tea anymore, but it would be I’d say English Breakfast, but with a slice of lemon and not milk.’ 

When quizzed on whether his mum watched Netflix royal drama The Crown, the food critic cheerfully answered: ‘I can answer truthfully, no and no!’.

The latest season of the royal drama, which premiered last November, shows Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla. 

He also revealed Camilla's brew of choice would be English Breakfast with a slice of lemon. Pictured, Camilla following a visit to Ivydale Primary School in South London last year

He also revealed Camilla’s brew of choice would be English Breakfast with a slice of lemon. Pictured, Camilla following a visit to Ivydale Primary School in South London last year

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden demanded in November last year that Netflix make clear the royal drama is ‘fiction’. 

He claimed viewers should be warned at the start of each episode that it was not ‘fact’ after mounting concern that fabricated scenes in the drama series were so damaging to the Royal Family.

‘It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that,’ he told The Mail on Sunday. 

‘Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.’ 

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