His father has revealed that Queen Camilla’s grandson has “no sense of the occasion” of the coronation as he prepares to take on the role of Page of Honor.
Tom Parker Bowles, food critic and Camilla’s son, revealed to the news media that 13-year-old Freddie will likely enjoy the day, especially since he will be performing the role with some of his close friends.
However, when it comes to the historic role he will play at the ceremony at Westminster Abbey on May 6, Tom said his son’s biggest fear these days “has to do with the Tottenham manager”.
The single dad, 48, has revealed that despite his relationship with the Queen, he has always protected his son from the limelight, which is also true of Queen Camilla’s four other grandchildren.
Elsewhere in the interview, the food critic disputes any suggestion that his mother married King Charles for any reason other than love, in what may have been a response to Prince Harry’s surprising claim at Spear that Camilla ‘played the long game’.
Tom Parker Bowles, son of Queen Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles, has revealed that his son Freddie ‘cares more about the Tottenham manager than about his role as a page of honor during next month’s Coronation Gala.
Speaking to John Sobel and Emily Maitlis this week, the food critic said of his son, “I don’t think he has sense for the occasion.
“He’s a 13-year-old boy who loves football, he’s a Tottenham fan…so his concerns are the Tottenham manager and he loses when we’re up and that sort of thing.
There is absolutely no reason for our children to be in the press and so we have made sure to keep them away from anything to do with that…
“I think there’s a lot of rehearsal going on before and he does it with his cousins, his two best friends, and my first cousin’s son so they know each other.”
Queen Camilla has previously revealed her close relationship with her grandchildren, including the emphasis she places on family times such as gathering around the dinner table.
Elsewhere in the interview, food critic and writer Tom Parker Bowles praised his mother and stepfather, who will be crowned in Westminster Abbey on May 6, for their “incredible” performances.
Before her 75th birthday last year, she told Mail+ she had concerns about how social media and technology risked eroding family values.
She said, “Families don’t sit down anymore, they do, and they have dinner.
“Because I’m old, in the old days we all sat (to eat). Now everyone’s at their devices. It totally makes me pass!”
The five-year-old added that when she dines with her grandchildren, she makes them put away their mobile phones.
However, in the same interview, Camila admitted that she has joined apps like Houseparty and TikTok during lockdown so she can stay in better touch with her grandkids.
Speaking this week, Tom Parker Bowles revealed that it wasn’t ‘weird’ to think of his mother as the Queen, saying, ‘She’s still my mother… I think change happens, but I don’t care what anyone says.
“It wasn’t any kind of end game, you married the person you love, and that’s what happened.”
Earlier this year, Prince Harry claimed in his surprise memoir Spear that his stepmother “played the long game” in order to get her hands on the crown.
He wrote of Camilla: “I have complicated feelings about acquiring a stepfather who I thought had recently sacrificed me on the altar of her PR.”
Harry also said that he and his brother William “begged” their father not to marry Camilla because they feared she would become their “evil stepmother”.
In another blow, Harry described Camilla as “dangerous” and “vicious” who left “corpses in the street” in her desire to change the public’s perception of her.
The writer, whose father is Camilla’s first husband Andrew Parker Bowles, added that it would not change their lives at all and that it would be “awful” if he became a duke.
He said: You will not find us with great possessions and call us a duke whatever. No, that would be horrible.
I became nothing. There will be a revolution if they start handing it over to people like me. no. Why would I expect one?
Of his mother and stepfather, he added: “I think they are doing amazingly well. I think King Charles is a good, kind, intelligent man who cares deeply about his roles wherever they are, the Prince of Wales, the King.”
He was ahead of his time on issues like sustainability, food security, agriculture, pollution, and all of those things. But people were calling him kind of crazy and weird 20 years ago.
All that he’s talked about is now things that have hit the mainstream and we’re now really worried about him. He is using his position, as far as I’m concerned, to do good.