There has been a lot of focus on Kate Middleton as the “royal to watch,” but the Duchess of Cornwall is starting to steal her thunder – at least when it comes to feminism. The duchess launched the inaugural Women of the World (WOW) Festival last year and welcomed this year’s guest speakers to lunch at the Clarence House.
With regard to supporting her fellow woman, there are talks about Camilla possibly opening one of several planned spin-off events being planned around the world. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre (which opened the second WOW), said the royal backing had been “quite something,” as feminism still remains a touchy topic. “It’s still a toxic subject,” she said. And Ms. Kelly isn’t the only person raving about the duchesses support – Rosie Boycott, former newspaper editor and founder of the early feminist magazine, Spare Rib, said that it was “really great” that the duchess has gotten involved: “I think she uses her time and patronage very carefully. She gets what this is about,” says Boycott.
The duchess came under fire many years ago when it was reveled that she was Prince Charles’s mistress during his marriage to Diana, and since then, Camilla has tried to keep a low profile, but this is just another feather in her cap! She has been very active in charities and supporting women’s rights throughout the world and in the UK.
Still remember her as The Other Woman?