The women behind the reign of King Charles III

7 min

81 shares, 142 points

King Charles III is the beginning of a long reign of male heirs with Prince William and Prince George next in line for the throne, but that doesn’t mean the crown is lacking in female support.

Charles, 73, has an impressive roster of women behind the throne to help guide him through his reign.

Camilla, Queen Consort

Camilla, Queen Consort.
Charles is married to Camilla, who now holds the title of Queen Consort.
Getty Images

Just days after Charles ascended the throne, his wife Camilla Parker Bowles proved that she would remain even-tempered even when her husband couldn’t.

A video taken on Sept. 13, showed the new monarch losing his temper over a leaky pen.

As he seethed in the background and can be heard complaining, “Can’t bear this bloody thing, every stinking time,” Camilla, 75, calmly signed the visitors’ book with a new pen, diffusing the situation as Charles was lead out of the room.

Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles resting after a polo match, circa 1972.
Camilla met Charles at a polo match and he was immediately smitten.
Getty Images

The couple famously met in 1970 when Camilla was 24 and he was 22 at a polo match and reportedly noted that her great-grandmother had had an affair with King Edward VII.

“My great-grandmother was the mistress of your great-great-grandfather, so how about it?” she is said to have uttered.

The two share the same sense of humor and love of the outdoors, according to “The Palace Papers” author Tina Brown.

“I think she’s tough, she’s stoic, she’s got a great sense of humor,” Brown told Page Six in a recent interview. “I think she’s a really undersung character and you know she’s never said a damn word about her relationship with Charles, she’s never complained.”

King Charles and the Queen Consort.
Charles and Camilla reignited their affair while they were both married to other people.
Getty Images

Brown once wrote if Camilla’s family had a motto, it would have been “Thou Shalt Not Whine.”

“Talk about bad press,” Brown added. “She’s been called everything from a hag to horse-face to a witch. She’s had the most appalling things said about her but she never complains.”

It seems in keeping with her character that Camilla suffered a broken toe and didn’t say a word about it while she accompanied her husband on a packed schedule of events earlier this month while mourning the Queen’s passing.

King Charles and the Queen Consort on their wedding day on April 9, 2005.
The couple finally married on April 9, 2005.
Getty Images

Camilla even managed to win the Queen over, who earlier this year, announced that it was her wish that Camilla be “known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

“I think there is a sense that behind the scenes, it’s largely the Queen Consort who is running the show,” a royal insider told The Telegraph. “She makes a lot more decisions than people think, especially with [former aide] Michael Fawcett out of the picture.

“She’s a stabilizing and reassuring presence for the King. She makes him laugh and they have a lot of shared history together. He adores her and truly believes that she is the only person on earth who truly understands him.”

Catherine Middleton, Princess of Wales

Kate Middleton.
Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, is now the Princess of Wales.
POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The newly crowned Princess of Wales, Prince William’s wife, is the most powerful person in the royal family right now, according to Brown.

“The monarchy is on the slim shoulders of the former Kate Middleton,” Brown opined. “It all rests on her right now. If for any reason, she thought like Meghan [Markle], ‘I’m out of here, I can do much better,’ it would be a disaster.”

“It would I think crumble at the moment without her because she’s the only modern beautiful woman who’s well educated, substantial in herself who’s actually wanting to commit herself to the rigors of this institution,” she continued. “Not many young women could do that.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales.
Brown believes Middleton is the most powerful person in the monarchy right now.
Getty Images

Middleton, 40, has also proven herself to be a peacemaker in the family.

William, 40, and Charles have had a strained relationship over the years but the Princess of Wales has helped them bridge their differences.

According to the Daily Mail, it was Kate who planned and organized the family photo shoot for Charles’ 70th birthday.

King Charles and Prince William.
Middleton is also said to play peacekeeper between Charles and William, who have had a strained relationship.

The serious amateur photographer even took the now-iconic photo of Charles resting his head on William’s shoulder, as the two smile broadly for the camera.

Kate has also reportedly tried to act as a peacemaker between William and and his brother Prince Harry, 38.

Following the service for Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021, the estranged siblings walked and chatted alongside Middleton as they made their way out of St. George’s Chapel. It was the first time the brothers had seen each other since Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped down as senior royals the year before.

Middleton quietly moved back to allow the brothers to continue talking, a deft move that was applauded by fans as an attempt to let the brothers begin to heal their relationship.

Princess Anne

Princess Anne.
Charles’ sister, Princess Anne, has always been a source of support for the new King.

King Charles and his sister, Princess Anne, are only two years apart and were just toddlers when their mother ascended the throne. Their close relationship strengthened during their early years as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were often away on royal tours and engagements.

“There is only two years between the siblings who have always been close and Anne is likely to be a key confidante to the new King with their relationship often compared to that of the late Queen and her sister Princess Margaret,” royal expert Katie Nicholl wrote in Vanity Fair.

The Princess Royal, 72, is often called the hardest working member of the royal family.

Last year, she undertook 387 royal engagements, beating out the then-Prince of Wales by two. She holds patronages in over 300 organizations and her charity work centers on sport, sciences, health in developing countries and people with disabilities.

And even though Charles has spoken often about a slimmed-down monarchy, he intends for his sister to have a “significant role,” according to Vanity Fair.

In the heartfelt statement that she shared after the Queen died, the grandmother of five made sure to acknowledge her brother’s new role.

Princess Anne talks to unidentified members of the charity UK Deafblind in Peterborough.
Princess Anne has often been called the hardest working member of the royal family.
PA Images via Getty Images

”We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. I am also grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch,” she said.

Charles and Anne were the only siblings to be by their mother’s side when she passed and royal insiders revealed that has only strengthened their bond and it was Anne who Charles entrusted to accompany their mother on her final journey from Scotland to England.

Sophie, Duchess of Wessex

Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, shared a close bond with Queen Elizabeth II.
Samir Hussein/WireImage

King Charles’ sister-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex has become a favorite among the royalists over her years in the family.

The wife of Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward, shared an extremely close bond with the late monarch and has even been referred to as her “rock.”

And Charles seems equally comfortable with Sophie, perhaps mindful of the place she held in his mother’s heart.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Queen Elizabeth II
The wife of Prince Edward was said to be Elizabeth’s “rock.”
Getty Images

When the then-Prince of Wales came down with COVID for the second time earlier in 2022, it was Sophie who was called to stand in for him, visiting London’s Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.

“There are no scandals,” royal expert Marlene Koenig said of the mother of two. “She is happy to pick up new patronages and go out and fly the flag for the UK.

“I suspect Charles likes her, again, because she is down to Earth, and she is dependable.”

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and King Charles III
Royal experts believe Charles has always like Sophie because she’s “dependable.”

Another royal insider also noted that the King must surely appreciate the close bond Sophie, 57, has forged with Middleton, who is said to admire the down-to-earth way she and Prince Edward have raised their two children.

“Sophie is incredibly empathetic,” the insider explained. “If you are a supporter of the royal family, you would hope that that would be a key relationship.”

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor take part in the Great British Beach Clean on Southsea beach on September 20, 2020 in Portsmouth, England.
Sophie’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor,” has even been dubbed the family’s “secret weapon.”

The former PR exec has also been deployed by the family to act as a peaceful buffer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the Queens funeral in September.

Sophie sat with Markle, 41, in the car that was driven from the Palace to Westminster Abbey for the service.

Meanwhile, Sophie’s daughter Lady Louise Windsor appears to be following in mother’s footsteps. The 18-year-old university student was dubbed the Royal Family’s “secret weapon” for her understated presence.

Like it? Share with your friends!

81 shares, 142 points

What's Your Reaction?

Cute Cute
Fun Fun
Hate Hate
Confused Confused
Fail Fail
Geeky Geeky
Love Love
Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
The Classic Internet Listicles
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Photo or GIF
GIF format