Duchess Camilla reveals the moment she was ‘most frightened’ in her entire life
Duchess Camilla has opened up in a heartfelt new video to share the experience that has frightened her the most “in her life, ever”.
- Duchess Camilla has revealed the moment that left her feeling the most frightened she’s ever been.
- The Duchess of Cornwall made the deeply personal admission during a new video for her book club, the Reading Room, as she discussed one this season’s author, Susan Hill.
- This royal news comes as it was revealed Princess Anne tipped to follow in Prince Philip’s footsteps with a significant title.
Duchess Camilla has revealed the moment that left her the most frightened she’s ever been in her life as she got candid during a new video. The Duchess of Cornwall launched her Reading Room online book club earlier this year on Instagram and previously teamed up with Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones for a special video. An avid reader herself, Camilla encourages fellow bookworms to share their love of all things literary and connect over her Reading Room picks.
The Season 3 list was announced last month, including works by acclaimed authors Kazuo Ishiguro, Susan Hill, Elizabeth Jane Howard and Michael Morpurgo.
And it was whilst discussing Susan Hill’s work on the Reading Room Instagram account that Duchess Camilla shared a terrifying moment from her past.
In an enlightening video, the Duchess of Cornwall described how she was once taken to see The Woman in Black. The gothic play is based on the book of the same name written by Susan, published in 1983. And it seems Duchess Camilla wasn’t quite prepared for the shocking scenes that lay ahead…
“The first time I ever heard of Susan Hill I was taken to see the play, The Woman in Black,” Camilla declared. “And I have never, ever, been so frightened in my life, ever!”
“In fact, I think I went with a friend,” Camilla continued as she reflected back on the memorable occasion. “I think we almost ran out, we were so frightened. The moment when, you know, not to spoil it, but it’s a very frightening moment.”
Whilst she didn’t confirm how old she was at the time she saw The Woman in Black, Camilla’s memory of genuine fear all these years later is certainly heart-wrenching. Though that hasn’t stopped the Duchess of Cornwall from enjoying many of Susan’s works.
Camilla went on to discuss one this season’s four Reading Room picks – Susan’s The Various Haunts of Men. And it was then that the senior royal spoke of the impact Susan’s books continue to have upon her.
“She just sort of draws you into the story and the Serrailler series she sent to me when she wrote the first one, saying you know, you might be interested in this,” Camilla explained. “Well, I rather sort of fell for the hero, Simon.”
The series follows policeman Simon Serrailler as he rises through the ranks of the force, his own journey intertwined with the tragedies and joys of his family. And though whilst this may sound far removed from The Woman in Black, Camilla shared that there are also some “dark tales” within the books.
“She’s a past master at writing about those sort of dark things,” the Duchess declared.
If Duchess Camilla’s intriguing reaction to Susan Hill’s books hasn’t already got you eager to try them, we don’t know what will!
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