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Duchess of Cornwall tells Vogue she detests the colour mauve and dons cobalt-blue gown for interview

The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken in an extensive interview with Vogue magazine about overcoming public scrutiny, playing Wordle with her grandchildren and how she and Prince Charles are often “ships passing in the night.”

A secret photo shoot for the July edition of the fashion bible took place in April, as revealed by The Mail on Sunday, to mark the Duchess’ 75th birthday next month.

Rather than being styled by a team of Vogue experts, Camilla chose an outfit from her own wardrobe and chosen by her personal stylist Jacqui Meakin.

For the shoot in Clarence House’s Garden Room, they opted for an elegant cobalt blue Bruce Oldfield evening gown.

The Duchess of Cornwall opted for a cobalt blue Bruce Oldfield evening gown for her photo shoot with Vogue magazine, held next month ahead of her 75th birthday

The Duchess of Cornwall opted for a cobalt blue Bruce Oldfield evening gown for her photo shoot with Vogue magazine, held next month ahead of her 75th birthday

When asked if she might wear something to match the purple wisteria blooming in the garden, the answer was a flat “no” — she apparently hates the color and would call it “menopausal mauve.”

With characteristic humor, Camilla welcomed the photographer by saying, “Sorry to photograph an old bat.”

In the interview, Camilla provides an insight into her life with Charles and how she plans to approach her role as queen consort.

“It’s not easy,” she says diplomatically about the criticism she has received in recent years. “I’ve been scrutinized for so long that you’ll just have to learn to live with it.

“No one likes to be looked at and criticized all the time. But I think I’ll get over it a bit in the end and move on.’

Leading up to her trip to Rwanda this week — the first royal visit there — Camilla talks about the effects of her extraordinary agenda on her marriage.

Camilla revealed the secret to maintaining her marriage to Prince Charles, pictured here together in November 2015, by making sure they make time for each other at least once a day.

Camilla revealed the secret to maintaining her marriage to Prince Charles, pictured here together in November 2015, by making sure they make time for each other at least once a day.

She says, “We always try to have a point on the day we meet. Sometimes it’s like ships pass by at night, but we always sit down together and have a cup of tea and discuss the day.

‘It’s nice to catch up when we have some time. When we leave, the most fun part is that we actually sit in different corners of the same room and read our books.

“It’s very relaxing because you know you don’t have to start a conversation. You just sit and be together.’

In Rwanda, Camilla meets women campaigning against domestic violence, a topic she has long championed.

“There’s such a taboo,” she says. “People can still love the people who abuse them, and feel so guilty and ashamed that they think it’s their fault, so they bury it. It becomes a kind of terribly hidden secret.’

She adds that when her husband becomes king, she has no intention of giving up her charitable projects.

“Oh, I’ll carry on as much as I can,” she says. “There’s still a lot to do.”

Camilla, who joined Prince Charles at Royal Ascot earlier this week, added that she plans to continue her charity work when her husband becomes king

Camilla, who joined Prince Charles at Royal Ascot earlier this week, added that she plans to continue her charity work when her husband becomes king

Despite her busy schedule, there is one daily fun she makes time for: beating one of her granddaughters at Wordle, the popular online word game.

The Duchess, who has five grandchildren aged between 12 and 14, confesses: ‘I do Wordle every day with my granddaughter. She’ll text me to say, “I did it in three,” and I say, “Sorry, I did it in two today.”‘

He saw a younger Prince Charles talking to Camilla Parker Bowles, as she was then known, during a polo match in Cirencester Park in July 1975.

He saw a younger Prince Charles talking to Camilla Parker Bowles, as she was then known, during a polo match in Cirencester Park in July 1975.

Camilla pictured with the Prince of Wales on their April 2005 wedding day at Windsor Castle

Camilla pictured with the Prince of Wales on their April 2005 wedding day at Windsor Castle

About her grandchildren, she adds: “We learn from very young people and they learn from us. The nice thing about being a grandmother is that you can spoil them every now and then, give them more of the things their parents forbid them to do.’

Her historic birthday, July 17, will be greeted without fuss, as always.

“There won’t be much partying,” she says. “I’ll spend it with my family and some friends.”

The July issue of British Vogue will be available as a digital edition and on newsstands from Tuesday.

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