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Camilla, queen consort: her image impacted after the revelations of Prince Harry?

Have Prince Harry‘s revelations in his memoirs, The Spare, done the Queen Consort a disservice or, on the contrary, have they benefited her? In a poll conducted by GB News about the wife of Charles III, the British people have spoken. And it is surprising.

Incredible but true. While Prince Harry has laid down his dislike of Camilla Parker Bowles in black and white in his memoir, The Spare, published on January 10, 2023, a poll commissioned by GB News reveals that the queen consort’s popularity has increased. Thirty-three per cent of Britons expressed a favourable opinion of Charles III’s wife and her role in the monarchy, while 30 per cent gave an unfavourable response. Given the content of Diana Spencer’s younger son’s remarks against her, these results are a boost for William and Harry‘s mother-in-law.

However, among English people aged 18 to 24, Camilla’s popularity rating is -20, while among those over 65, it is +18. These results are significant of a change far from being insignificant in British society. While the people who knew her best are more likely to feel resentment towards her affair with the future monarch, who was married to the late Princess Diana at the time of the events, they now seem to have given up. It must be said that over the past decade, the former great rival of Lady Di has shown herself worthy of the Firm, remaining relatively discreet and supporting her husband.

The British monarchy emerges victorious from the Sussex revelations

Very complete, the survey also indicates which political side are the admirers and detractors of Camilla. We can see that the Queen Consort is very popular with Conservative voters, who gave her +34 points. While the Labour Party, on the other hand, places her at -21. In a delicate position since the delicate revelations of the Sussexes in their Netflix documentary series, and then in Harry‘s memoirs, the monarchy undoubtedly sees this poll as good news. Or the result of a relentless campaign of smearing the Crown’s rebels in the British press for the past three years.

“These numbers will be a relief to Buckingham Palace,” assures polling expert Professor Matt Goodwin on GB News. “Overall, Camilla has a net positive rating with the British public, which underlines the long way she has come in the public mind since the 1990s,” he continues. He summarizes, “This is particularly the case among older voters who support her much more than younger Generation Z voters.”

Crowned at the same time as her husband on May 6, 2023, the king’s soul mate will officially become England’s queen consort. What was unthinkable when Diana passed away more than 25 years ago is now a given in the eyes of a majority.

The British monarchy emerges victorious from the Sussex revelations

Very complete, the poll also indicates the political affiliation of Camilla’s admirers and detractors. We can see that the Queen Consort is very popular with Conservative voters, who gave her +34 points. While the Labour Party, on the other hand, places her at -21. In a delicate position since the delicate revelations of the Sussexes in their Netflix documentary series, and then in Harry‘s memoirs, the monarchy undoubtedly sees this poll as good news. Or the result of a relentless campaign of smearing the Crown’s rebels in the British press for the past three years.

“These numbers will be a relief to Buckingham Palace,” assures polling expert Professor Matt Goodwin on GB News. “Overall, Camilla has a net positive rating with the British public, which underlines the long way she has come in the public mind since the 1990s,” he continues. He summarizes, “This is particularly the case among older voters who support her much more than younger Generation Z voters.”

Crowned at the same time as her husband on May 6, 2023, the king’s soul mate will officially become England’s queen consort. What was unthinkable when Diana passed away more than 25 years ago is now a given in the eyes of a majority.

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