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Duchess of Cornwall says it will be a ‘great honour’ to become Queen Consort

The Duchess of Cornwall has said it will be a ‘great honour’ to become Queen Consort and said that she will use the position will help her to highlight the causes she supports.

Speaking to BBC presenter Emma Barnett about her work with victims of domestic violence, Camilla, 74,  said she would not ‘give up mid-channel’, saying she hopes to continue ‘doing it for a lifetime’.

It comes after The Queen issued her royal seal of approval for the duchess to use the title of Queen when her husband, Prince Charles, becomes King.

Speaking to Emma at Clarence House for Woman’s Hour and BBC Breakfast, Camilla said: ‘Of course it’s a great honour (becoming Queen Consort), it couldn’t be anything else. But it does help it.

The Duchess of Cornwall has said it will be a ‘great honour’ to become Queen Consort and said that she will use the position will help her to highlight the causes she supports.   Pictured: broadcaster Emma Barnett, the Duchess of Cornwall and Diana Parkes, whose daughter Joanna Simpson was killed by her husband in 2010, at Clarence House

Camilla was also reunited with Diana Parkes, whose daughter Joanna Simpson was killed by her husband in 2010, 

The duchess has previously cited Ms Parkes as the inspiration behind her work with domestic abuse victims, according to the BBC.

‘I’m going to keep up with these causes. You know if I start something like this, I’m not going to give up mid-channel, I’m just going to keep going to try and help the likes of people like Diana … I hope I should be doing it for a lifetime.’

During the interview, she called for more action to tackle violence against women.

‘We do need to help culture change. And I think we have to start at the beginning, I think children at school have got to be taught respect,’ the duchess said.

‘We have got to go back to the beginnings and… just build up this idea that you have to have respect for human beings, it’s lack of respect.

‘It’s treating women like chattels and people thinking they can get away with it. I’m sure a lot of people do it and think that there’s nothing wrong.

‘I don’t think (the issue of abuse has) got any better. I think the lockdown was terrible because people actually couldn’t escape. And you see the numbers have gone up.

Speaking to BBC presenter Emma Barnett about her work with victims of domestic violence, Camilla, 74, said she would not 'give up mid-channel', saying she hopes to continue 'doing it for a lifetime'.

Speaking to BBC presenter Emma Barnett about her work with victims of domestic violence, Camilla, 74, said she would not ‘give up mid-channel’, saying she hopes to continue ‘doing it for a lifetime’.

‘But on the other hand, I think it’s drawn a lot of people’s attention to it. I think it’s talked about much more now.’

Camilla has been a long-term advocate for the cause.

Earlier this month she met with domestic abuse survivors at Bath charity Voices.

She has also previously spoken about the need for more to be done to prevent violence against women, with references made to the killings of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.

The duchess also told Barnett she hoped the Queen’s Jubilee would give people the opportunity to ‘all get together and celebrate’.

She said: ‘It’s always lovely to have something happy to look forward to, isn’t it? I mean, we’ve all been through hard times. We’ve all been locked away from our family and friends. And now we could all get together again and celebrate.’

Camilla recently caught Covid for the first time, with Clarence House confirming on 14th February she had tested positive.

The interview was released as The Queen has held her weekly telephone audience with the Prime Minister despite having Covid-19.

The interview was released as The Queen has held her weekly telephone audience with the Prime Minister despite having Covid-19. 

The Queen ended years of speculation and controversy over the duchess’s future title by publicly announcing it was her ‘sincere wish’ that Camilla should be known as Queen Consort when the time came.

Barnardo’s interim co-chief executive Michelle Lee-Izu said: ‘We are very grateful to our Royal Patron, The Duchess of Cornwall, for raising awareness of this important issue.

‘Children affected by domestic abuse are some of the most vulnerable in the country and at Barnardo’s we see first-hand the devastating impact of this abuse on children’s wellbeing and future outcomes.’

The full interview is due to air on February 24 on Woman’s Hour and BBC Breakfast and was conducted in person around three weeks ago, before Camilla was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The interview was released as The Queen has held her weekly telephone audience with the Prime Minister despite having Covid-19.

The monarch, 95, who tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, cancelled virtual audiences on Tuesday as she continued to suffer from mild cold-like symptoms.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘Her Majesty did speak to the Prime Minister this evening.’

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