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BeatrixFan 07-24-2007 04:33 PM

This is just getting spiteful now. Why don't we stick Camilla in a shed? Will that suit you instead? That woman has had a concert, now she's getting a memorial service, her fanatics should consider themselves lucky because if the intelligent majority in Britain had their say it wouldn't be happening at all and it wouldn't be an excuse for people to bash the hell out of Camilla.

Elspeth 07-24-2007 04:41 PM

This is a classic lose-lose situation. If she goes, the press has a field day on the subject of "how insensitive! how hurtful! what would poor Diana think?" If she doesn't go, it'll be "aha! guilty conscience!" "see, that just goes to show that Diana's sons hate her!" Whatever she does will create press headlines, almost certainly unfavourable, so she may as well do what Charles wants her to do since we know for dead certain that she'll never in a million years do it right where the Daily Mail is concerned.

bbb 07-24-2007 04:44 PM

sadly i thinks camilla can't win either way. if she goes people will resent it, if she doesn't people will talk about that too. i hope she follows her heart and does what she feels is best for the boys and her husband. she has yet to go to an event and try to steal center attention, i can't imagine her doing so on purpose at this event, however the press i fear will make her the story no matter what she does.

selrahc4 07-24-2007 04:50 PM

Well, the "can't win either way" applies only to the media reports and perception. She can, of course, win in one way and that is to go along with what her husband, step-sons, and all the family want her to do. Being a winner in their eyes is what counts.

Martha 07-24-2007 04:56 PM

Camila shouldnīt assist to the memorial of Diana. I donīt understant why did William and Harry invite Her?

BeatrixFan 07-24-2007 04:56 PM

Because she's their step-mother and they love her?

hornsen 07-24-2007 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Martha (Post 644893)
Camila shouldnīt assist to the memorial of Diana. I donīt understant why did William and Harry invite Her?

What do you know for sure about their relationship? What do we all know? May be she nursed them after the death of their mother? Canīt imagine Charles or a few nannies did it all alone.
For me it is no question: she has to go to the service. And she will. And she is not the person who likes to be in the center. Did you see it ever? (only if Charles draw attention to her in public).

Henri M. 07-24-2007 05:15 PM

non-discussion
 
I find it a non-discussion anyway. It has already been announced that the royal family will attend the remembrance service for Diana, Princess of Wales.

We can jump high and low, but the two only persons who matter in this are the Princes William and Harry. They have requested their father and stepmother's attendance and that was it. We have to respect their decision and leave them in peace.

philqc 07-24-2007 05:25 PM

I think that she will attend... Charles will not go to the service without her... it will be an occasion to make history and turn the page... Diana is certainly happy to see her former husband happy and her two boys also happy and united...but i'm sure that Camilla will be there with the Queen Mother's pearls necklace.... Queen Mother's earrings... Queen Mother's diamonds bracelet.... Queen Mother's brooch and of course an enormous hat...

TheTruth 07-24-2007 05:55 PM

I started this poll so maybe I should stay neutral but I can't help but opening my mouth again. If William and Harry did invite her, it's because it's probably the best thing to do. Diana loved her boys and was proud of them so if it's their choice no biggie. Although, the press won't think like me. Anyway the press is lunatic, one day they adore you the next they throw you in the trash.

Skydragon 07-24-2007 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Martha (Post 644893)
Camila shouldnīt assist to the memorial of Diana. I donīt understant why did William and Harry invite Her?

Quite possibly they know the truth about their mothers allegations and because of that are more than happy to ensure the woman who has been a friend to them over the years, is there as a much loved guest.

Some legacy! :eek:

TheTruth 07-24-2007 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Skydragon (Post 644926)
Quite possibly they know the truth about their mothers allegations

I wouldn't go that far but I believe they have learnt to appreciate Camilla, they want their father to be happy and he is when he's with Camilla so ... :flowers:

Roslyn 07-24-2007 06:39 PM

It's definitely a lose-lose situation for Camilla as far as the press is concerned. She has to go though because on balance it would be worse if she did not.

If she doesn't go, people will likely see that as a pointed snubbing of Diana, and a specific insult, and the press will have a field day. If she just goes with the flow and attends with everyone else, she will be criticised by the usual people for all the usual reasons, but at least she'll be there at her husband's side and submitting herself to public scrutiny and "facing the music", as it were.

It's quite possible that a number of the people who attend will not have particularly liked Diana at the time of her death, or that Diana didn't like them, but Camilla is the only one whose right to attend is being questioned.

It is a memorial service, to recognise Diana's good points and contribution to society. I am as sure as I can be that Camilla recognised Diana's good qualities and was saddened by her death. Diana's sons have invited Camilla and Charles wants her there and she is his wife and should go. She is probably dreading it, and looking forward to it being over, and so am I. Maybe then Diana will be allowed to rest. She's been dead for 10 years after all, and it's time for her to be allowed to gracefully retire into history and let the living get on with it.

charmed4sure 07-24-2007 06:58 PM

I think she should go. William and Harry, the two most important people on that day (besides Diana of course) want her there, so i think the public and press should step back and focus on the death of Diana not whether or not Camilla is there or not. It was years ago and people have grown and changed and i think the public/press need to respect that and allow the day to be filled with remembrance.

TheTruth 07-24-2007 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Roslyn (Post 644939)
It is a memorial service, to recognise Diana's good points and contribution to society. I am as sure as I can be that Camilla recognised Diana's good qualities and was saddened by her death.

Wow, some members would hardly disagree with you but I do agree. Charles was very sad and when you love someone, that is suffering as he must have at this moment you can't say : "Ah, I never liked this girl, always this 'ridiculous person' to me' " or "she never loved you". If Camilla weren't Charles's mistress, she would have been a good friend to Diana. Alright, I know I'm gonna get killed for saying that but it's my opinion :flowers:.

kaffir 07-24-2007 07:22 PM

I think if she doesn't go it will keep a rift, which needs to be healed for the sake of the continuance of the monarchy, open.

sirhon11234 07-24-2007 08:02 PM

If William and Harry didn't invite Camilla to the memorial then she shouldn't go she has no place there. She wasn't Diana's family or friend.

kimebear 07-24-2007 08:32 PM

I don't think Camilla should attend. It's not the Camilla v Diana thing, they were both pretty nasty. I just don't see Camilla genuinely mourning Diana and to pretend to is just not right. If she has bad feelings over Diana's death, then it's probably more guilt than genuine regard, like many people feel when someone dies that they haven't been particularly friendly to during life. (I'm not trying to make Camilla out to be a monster here, many many people feel that kind of guilt after a death). Of course I'm just speculating as we all do here.

Camilla will take Diana's place at her son's weddings, christining of Diana's grandchildren and every other major event in her son's lives. She will become queen as she should, she is a good wife to Charles. But in this one instance a "health issue" keeping her from attending may not go amiss.

Philippe Egalite' 07-24-2007 08:36 PM

This reminds us all how tough positions of high profile may be at times.
Camilla is between a rock and a hard place. No matter what she decides to do, she is going to be criticized and praised at the same time.
If she doesn't go, those who like her will say that she acted out of discretion, and those who don't, that she feels guilty.
On the other hand, if she goes, her enemies will call her a hypocrit, and her fans, courageous and a unifying force in the family.

Vanesa 07-24-2007 08:49 PM

Poor woman...Everyone is ready to get her to pieces. It must be very hard for her to be in the current situation she is. Every signle thing she does is compared to Lady Diana. Duchess Camilla is herself, and lady Diana was Lady Diana. The trouble here is that Prince Charles loved Camilla, not her first wife. And the medias...Oh! The medias are always there ready to make money of everyone. They needs to speak: is their work. So, if Duchess Camilla does a thing, they attacks her, and if not they does the same thing. No way...:neutral:

Vanesa.


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