Why Camilla Parker Bowles Really Hates Traveling With Prince Charles

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has traveled to all different parts of the world with Prince Charles for royal tours on a number of occasions, so you’d never guess that she actually dislikes taking trips overseas.

Read on to find out the reason why Camilla is not a fan of traveling with her husband. Plus, the unusual stash their staff brings along for them on trips abroad.

Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles
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Why Camilla Parker Bowles really dislikes traveling

There’s one thing the Prince of Wales’ wife cannot stand having to do when she travels with him and that is the method of their transportation.

A Clarence House spokesman previously admitted that Camilla has a fear of flying on airplanes.

“The duchess does not like flying but I think she sometimes has to embrace that fear and get on with it,” the spokesperson said.

Over the years Camilla has been accused of making some outlandish demands when she goes on long trips but they don’t have to do with making her journey more comfortable. Instead, she reportedly requests non-essential items she left at home be brought to her. This includes having a pair of high heels she forgot be flown from the U.K. to her when she was in Kuwait.

A palace spokesman later stated that “The duchess did not ask for the shoes to be sent, but a member of her staff did arrange for them to be flown over to her after they realized that they had forgotten to pack them. They were not specially couriered, but were sent along with a number of items and paperwork as is often the case on royal tours.”

There is another unusual demand the couple has when traveling, however, there’s a good reason for it.

What Prince Charles and Camilla bring on their trips abroad

Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles
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The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall travel with a stash of alcohol when they go overseas but there’s a very specific reason for that.

According to reporter Gordon Rayner, who has covered nearly two dozen royal tours, when the couple drinks abroad it’s often with their own alcohol brought from home. Rayner said this is done for security reasons so they don’t risk anyone tampering with their beverages.

“Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall sometimes take their own alcohol so there’s no danger of their drinks being spiked,” Rayner told Conde Nast Traveler.

He added that the Prince of Wales and Camilla don’t actually carry the booze themselves though as that is left up to their security detail.

“Their police bodyguard will discreetly carry a bag of their drinks,” he said.

Gin and wine are said to on hand as one of the prince’s favorite drinks is gin and tonic, while his wife enjoys red wine. There have also been reports that when Charles is attending a function a royal protection officer brings a flask containing a pre-mixed martini. That is then handed to someone on the host’s staff with a special glass the heir apparent prefers to use.

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