Is Camilla Parker Bowles in Good Health? Duchess Cancels Royal Engagements Due to Illness

After it was reported that Camilla Parker Bowles had to cancel her royal engagements due to a health scare, Clarence House addressed concerns about the duchess.

Here’s what that statement said and what illness Prince Charles’ wife is suffering from.

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Statement on Camilla’s health and illness

It’s been confirmed that the Duchess of Cornwall has been dealing with an infection and therefore was forced to cancel her recent royal engagements including one on Nov. 7 with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

A statement from a spokesperson for Prince Charles and Camilla’s official residence, Clarence House, said, “The Duchess of Cornwall has been told by her doctor to cancel her engagements owing to a chest infection which has got progressively worse over the last few days.”

The spokesperson added that Camila was “deeply disappointed” that she was unable to accompany the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to the Field of Remembrance service. Camilla also had to skip an event on Nov. 6 at the London Library, where she is vice-patron, to celebrate the 200th birthday of Prince Albert. It is unknown at this time when she will be able to return to her duties.

Camilla was seen out in public with her husband earlier in the week but was coughing heavily. Some of the symptoms associated with a chest infection include a persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, fever, and a rapid heartbeat.

Is the duchess in good health?

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Following the news about Camilla’s illness, there have been questions about her health. The duchess, who is in her early 70s, is reportedly in good health and stays in shape by doing a “bit of yoga” and Pilates.

“It’s very good for you. It makes you much more supple,” she noted. “I think it’s very important as you get older to take exercise and stretch.”

Camilla also tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right but one thing she doesn’t buy into is extreme dieting and “clean eating.”

“It is this ridiculous dieting, cutting out dairy and all the things that are good for your bones,” she said at a reception in London for the Royal Osteoporosis Society. “It’s the fad diets, they are the worst thing to do. You are depriving your bones of calcium.”

She added, “We need to find a way of educating children that they need to take care of their bodies now instead of aspiring to look like someone they see in a picture if they want to protect themselves in old age.”

The Duchess of Cornwall’s mother, Rosalind, died from Osteoporosis in 1994.

“Then, it was never discussed, rarely diagnosed, and always attributed to old people,” Camilla said. “My family and I were completely devastated, but also, we didn’t understand how somebody could be in so much pain, and we were unable, and the doctors seemed unable, to do anything about it.”

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