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Camilla Parker Bowles’ tender confidences about her father


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In the last video of her book club, Camille Parker-Bowles made tender confidences about her father. The Duchess of Cornwall inherited her passion for literature.

Like father, like daughter. Usually rather discreet about her private life, Camille Parker-Bowles made a small bend in her rule. In the latest video from her book club, the wife of Prince Charles honored the memory of her father, who passed on one of his passions: literature.

It must be said that for her, Bruce Shand was “the most cultured man” she had ever met. An officer in the British army for many years, Camille Parker-Bowles’ father spent his life “devouring books”. The Duchess also recounted tender memories of her childhood, spent in the midst of books. “And that’s how he read books to us when we were children.

He chose the books and we listened to him,” recalled Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter-in-law. And I think the love of books was ingrained in us, because he passed it on to us from a very young age.”

The Duchess of Cornwall previously described her father as a “brilliant storyteller” who “read to them every night and took them to different worlds.


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And over time, Camilla Parker-Bowles became an avid reader. She holds seven literary sponsorships, including the National Literacy Trust, and was the recipient of the prestigious Booker Prize for several years. A few days ago, the wife of Prince Charles hailed a “renaissance of reading” during the coronavirus pandemic.

And it was during this troubled time that she decided to launch her book club, on Instagram. “Despite my advanced age and entrenched technophobia, I thought the best place to meet us might be online,” wrote the duchess in The Times. The most moving letters were from people describing how books had been their lifeline.


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