Queen Consort Camilla is a 'secret weapon' for the Firm, says ex aide

‘Camilla is the real boss’: ‘Unfussy and loyal’ Queen Consort is King Charles’ ‘strength and stay’, and the royals’ ‘greatest secret weapon’, says former aide

  • Queen Consort is the ‘real boss’ who informs King Charles’ decisions says ex aide
  • Camilla’s former communications secretary described royal as down to Earth
  • He added that Camilla did not ‘actively campaign’ for the role of Queen Consort
  • She may earn the ‘affection and respect’ she deserves from public in new role 
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

Camilla has been described as the ‘real boss’ by a former aide, who says the royal plays a major role in the decisions made by King Charles.

Writing in the Times, Julian Payne, who was communications secretary to Charles, 73, and Camilla, 75, between 2016 and 2021, described the Queen Consort as ‘perhaps [the Firm’s] greatest secret weapon.

He noted that decisions, including his own employment, require the approval of the 75-year-old, as well as her husband the monarch, reminiscing on how he was told ahead of meeting Camilla, that he would not be hired if he did not meet her approval.

However, despite her instrumental role in making decisions, Julian also said that the Queen Consort did ‘not actively campaign’ for her new title, thinking that it would happen ‘if it was meant to be’.

Camilla has been described as ‘the real boss’ in an article penned by her and Charles’ former communications secretary Julian Payne (pictured here in Cardiff on September 16)

According to a former aide, the Queen Consort (right) plays a major role in the decisions made by King Charles (left)

Describing the royal as someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously’, the former aide said he believes she will thrive in the new job because she ‘respects the role and the institution completely but not at the expense of keeping her own feet firmly on the ground’.

He added: ‘Despite the many people who have stated over the years that “Project Queen Camilla” was a long-held goal within the household, I can assure you there was never any great masterplan to do this. 

‘Certainly, whenever you mentioned the topic with the Queen Consort herself, she merely stared at you sphinx-like, giving you no real sense of what she thought about the topic. 

‘She certainly never instructed me to do anything to advance the argument and neither did the King. Much like her wider work, I think she simply felt if it was meant to be it would happen, but it was never a role that she actively campaigned for.’ 

He concluded that the royal’s service and love for her husband could ‘perhaps even see her emerge with the respect and affection…she thoroughly deserves’ from the nation as she carries out her new position.

Camilla has made numerous public appearances alongside King Charles since adopting her new title as Queen Consort, including a four nations tour (pictured here concluding the tour in Wales on September 16)

According to a former employee of the royal couple, Camilla is the ‘strength and stay’ of the new King  

Since adopting the Queen Consort title following the death of Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral, on September 8, Camilla has made numerous public appearances alongside King Charles. 

On Friday, she joined other royals at a vigil for Her Majesty at Westminster Hall.

While the former monarch’s four children – King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward – stood vigil at the Queen’s coffin, Camilla watched in solemn silence from the stands.

The appearance followed a trip to Wales earlier that day, where the royal couple completed their four nations tour.

Her support for the King at these events was something he alluded to in his first address to the nation, which he made on September 9.

King Charles (left) and Queen Consort Camilla (right), pictured a day after the death of Queen Elizabeth 

King Charles and his wife Queen Consort Camilla leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor, following the church blessing of their civil wedding ceremony in 2005

In it, he paid tribute to his ‘darling’ wife Camilla and her ‘loyal public service’ – as well as confirming her title of Queen Consort.   

During the emotional address, which was broadcast from Buckingham Palace, the King said he will be counting on ‘the loving help of [his] darling wife, Camilla’.

In the speech that was screened at a service of prayer and reflection at St Paul’s Cathedral, he spoke of the ‘time of change’ for his family, adding: ‘I count on the loving help of my darling wife, Camilla.

‘In recognition of her own loyal public service since our marriage 17 years ago, she becomes my Queen Consort.

‘I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely so much.’ 

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