The fight continues for Camilla Parker Bowles. Very committed against domestic violence, the Duchess of Cornwall made a speech very noticed, this Tuesday, January 25, during a reception at Clarence House.
Camilla Parker Bowles seems to have found her battle horse. Although she is very concerned about the insistence of her alleged “hidden son”, the Duchess of Cornwall remains focused on her commitments. If Kate Middleton is dedicated body and soul to sick children and their families, her mother-in-law has decided to support women victims of domestic violence.
This Tuesday, January 25, the wife of Prince Charles organized a reception at Clarence House to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association Refuge. During this event, the daughter-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II was keen to salute the remarkable work of this organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence. “I would like to thank you all … and ask you to continue your vital work to ensure that the next 50 years will hopefully see an end to domestic violence forever,” she said with some emotion.
During the event, Camilla gave a moving speech reminding guests how far the country has come in addressing this issue. “Fifty years ago, there was almost no help available: no hotlines, no counseling, nowhere to go, no specialized laws and, perhaps most painfully, very little public understanding of the issue.”
This is not the first time that the mother-in-law of Princes Harry and William has emerged as a spokesperson for these battered women. At the end of the first confinement, the wife of Prince Charles spoke in the media to defend this cause that is dear to her. Faced with the disastrous effect of the lockdown on domestic violence, Camilla Parker Bowles had expressed her concerns to our confreres of the Daily Mail, June 27, 2020. “No one knows what goes on behind anyone’s front door,” she began. Can you imagine being locked up with someone who is abusing you, probably with children, in a very, very small apartment somewhere? How do you escape?”. Camilla Parker Bowles is willing to do whatever she could to help break the stigma around victims and encourage them to seek more help.
Camilla Parker Bowles: The testimony that haunts her
Very invested in her fight against domestic violence, Camilla Parker Bowles wants to be a listening ear for victims. And some of these testimonies remain forever engraved in the memory of the duchess. In particular that of Diana Parkes and her daughter. The latter died in 2010 under the blows of her ex-husband. “I do not think I have ever forgotten. It still gives me nightmares,” Camilla Parker Bowles told the Daily Mail. She added: “The statistics are horrific and of course we never talked about it. It’s been a taboo subject for so many years. No one has really dared to stand up and say, ‘Look, it happened to me. But that day, these ladies did it and I will never forget it. Upset by this story, Camilla Parker Bowles intends to lead a good fight.
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