During this challenging period for the British royalty when both King Charles and Kate Middleton are battling cancer, it is Queen Camilla who has taken on significant responsibilities, including those typically fulfilled by her husband.

Over the years, Queen Camilla has become a beloved member of the family. Of course, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, when the public learned of her affair with then-prince Charles, she was hated by many and she was called names. It was said that she was afraid to get out of the house because she was scared for her safety.

In recent times, Camilla has received hefty criticism from Harry and Meghan. In his book Spare, Harry wrote that when his father married her, he wondered if she would be a “wicked stepmother.” But Camilla isn’t the only one who was slammed by the Sussexes; Kate Middleton was too.

Speaking of the current role Queen Camilla has taken upon herself, royal expert Angela Levin said Camilla is “holding the royal family up.”

“I mean, to wait till you’re 73 is a long time before you can take the crown. I think obviously, at his age, it’s very difficult, but he’s very determined, and he’s only really just started to be king,” Levin said while appearing on GB News. “Supporting him very much, absolutely by his side, is Queen Camilla, who is going to all the engagements that they would have gone to together on her own.”

“And so that way he will feel it’s still moving, it’s still running, and they can discuss it and talk about it. And I think that’s marvelous. I mean, she is holding the Royal Family up and being strong. If you imagine 30 years ago, people were saying the whole Royal Family would absolutely disintegrate, and she would be of no use.”

Although it is known that Camilla doesn’t want to be under the spotlight, she’s doing an excellent job while meeting with the public.

“To support her husband. She understands him very well because they’ve been together for over 50 years, before they even got married. it’s a long time and they make each other laugh,” Levin added.

Not only Camilla steps in for her husband, but she’s also very supportive of Kate Middleton, especially during the time she was away from the public following her planned abdominal surgery.

The Telegraph’s associate editor, Camilla Tominey, claimed that the queen “has been trying to help [Catherine] through the media storm aspect in all of this.”

Tominey said, “I think before [Catherine] made the announcement because she was having to cope with the fallout of everything that was said about the Mother’s Day photo and everything else, I think Camilla lent some support.”

“Because let’s be honest, [Camilla] knows what it’s like to have a difficult press. She knows what it’s like to shepherd children through a media storm,” she added.

Royal expert and former royal correspondent Charles Rae praised the queen for supporting King Charles and Kate Middleton in this troublesome time, calling her a “remarkable asset,” adding that Camilla is “one of the best things to happen to the Royal Family” in a “good number of years.”

“There’s no question about it, she stepped into the breach. She’s got everything on her shoulders with what’s going on, and she’s taking on even more work,” royal expert Charles Rae said.

“Everywhere she goes, she has got a cheery smile on and a happy face. She says the right things. She has proved to be a remarkable asset to the Royal Family, given the allegations that at one time she had bread rolls thrown at her in a supermarket car park.”

Rae concluded, “I remember her when she was the most hated woman in Britain. I’ve met her several times and she’s charming, she’s witty, she’s really nice to chat to, and certainly when she’s chatting to people, she has done her homework as to who she’s chatting to.”

Namely, Camilla was said to have been very welcoming towards Kate from the moment the two met.

When Kate Middleton joined the royal family, Camilla made efforts to foster a relationship with her. Similar efforts were made with Prince William and Harry, although things didn’t turn out for the best with the Duke. Harry’s rift with the royals has left him with few allies within the family.

Prior to the 2011 wedding of the now Prince and Princess of Wales, the Daily Mail reported that Camilla extended an invitation to Kate, her sister Pippa, and her daughter, Laura Lopes, for lunch.

“They were all getting on very well and they clearly hadn’t asked for an out-of-the-way table and nor did they attempt to lower their voices,” a person who overheard their conversation told the Daily Mail. “There was one moment which was clearly meant to be amusing when Kate said, ‘What happens if William doesn’t turn up?’”

Camilla reportedly presented Kate Middleton with a deeply personal gift for her wedding: a bracelet featuring engraved letters “Cs” on either side of the charm. It’s widely speculated that these letters represent “Catherine” and “Camilla.”

According to Yahoo, Kate has been seen wearing this bracelet during numerous occasions, particularly during appearances at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 13: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade on June 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

GB News host Isabel Webster said that Queen Camilla and Kate MIddleton have very similar ways of supporting their husbands, while royal expert and biographer Angela Levin explained that Queen Camilla has an instinct for great timing. 

“I wrote her [Camilla’s] biography, and she’s got this very strong instinct of knowing what is right at the right moment,” Levin said on GB News program Breakfast.

“The fact that she could take all the nastiness when they separated from Diana, that now she knows exactly what King Charles needs.”

Levin added, “She’s been there so solidly with the work and the engagements when you saw the picture of their 19th wedding anniversary that came out yesterday, you can see that they are so interactive together. I think that feeling you are loved is just as important as having a pill.”

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Isabel Webster continued by explaining how alike Camilla and Kate are.

“I think there’s a lot of similarities between the Queen and the Princess of Wales. I think they’re both such great partners for the King and Prince William, just temperamentally as well,” she said.

“They’re very good in the background at supporting the leading man, and they’re sort of quite stoical and I can see why actually both of them have chosen those leading ladies.”

Levin added: “Which has obviously helped William get on better with his father. Camilla helped Catherine know what to do when she joined the Royal Family, she knew what the protocol was and how to help her. Catherine was very grateful, unlike Meghan, who she tried to help as well and was not interested.”

We truly hope Kate would be able to return to her royal duties as soon as possible and we’d bee seeing more of her in the months to come.

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