According to a book, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, the wife of Prince Charles, once had a short-lived career that ended after she turned up late to work one day
The Duchess of Cornwall is now best-known for her role in supporting her husband Prince Charles and her vital charity work.
But before she joined the royal family, it appears she had a short-lived career working for a prestigious firm in London’s Mayfair.
And it seems it was ended when Camilla came in late to work after being out partying the night before.
The incident is detailed in a book called On The Fringe – A Life In Decorating by designer Imogen Taylor, who worked at the Colefax and Fowler, the same interior design firm as Camilla.
Known back in the mid-1960s as the debutante Camilla Shand – and trying to make it in the London business world – designer Imogen Taylor remembers the future royal came up against a boss who would take no nonsense.
Taylor told The Sunday Times in 2016: “There were lots of debutantes working for us, even Camilla.
“She worked for us for a moment but got the sack.”
In the book, Taylor remembers that the boss was somewhat temperamental.
She writes: “He would shout and bellow so the whole building heard every word.
“The Duchess of Cornwall was one assistant who fell victim to one of tantrums.
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“I think she came in late having been to a dance.”
Biographers have previously noted that Camilla was fond of partying on the London scene.
She was frequently photographed in her debutante year (1965) – after leaving a Swiss finishing school – at numerous parties.
In the late 1960s, Camilla eventually met the dashing cavalry officer Andrew Parker-Bowles, who became her first husband.
Camilla and Andrew had two children Laura and Tom but divorced in 1995.
She married Charles 10 years later in 2005 with the pair originally meeting in the early 1970s.
Last month, it was reported that Camilla was in line for a promotion within the Royal Family.
She is said to set to be a key figure in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year
She is will reportedly lead the “Big Jubilee Lunch” on the final day of the special four-day Bank Holiday Weekend next June to celebrate the monarch’s 70-year reign.
The lunch is central to the celebration and a nationwide event where Brit families and friends will meet up for street parties and sit-down meals to honour the Queen, the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
The Queen, 95, has been undertaking fewer duties after a series of health scares, including a back sprain last week which forced her to be absent at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
A Palace source told the Mail On Sunday: “This is part of a range of events taking place but it means Camilla will have a central role in leading the nation in the celebrations in a sign of her growing responsibilities.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.