Camilla says domestic abuse is ‘terrible hidden secret’ for many women

The future Queen Consort spoke with British Vogue ahead of her 75th birthday.

18 June 2022

The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken about the “taboo” surrounding domestic abuse and how it becomes “a terrible hidden secret” for many women.

Camilla has highlighted the work of domestic violence charities for more than seven years, and she told British Vogue she will continue to do so in future as Queen Consort.

The duchess spoke with the magazine ahead of her 75th birthday on July 17.

Speaking about domestic abuse, she said: “I think we all know somebody who it’s happened to.

“I was hearing it too often, from friends who knew friends, and I thought maybe I ought to look into it to see if there was somewhere for me to help.

Duchess of Cornwall visits Bath
The Duchess of Cornwall, meeting domestic abuse survivors during a visit to Bath-based charity Voices earlier this year (Finnbar Webster/PA)

“There’s been such a taboo. People can still love the people that abuse them, and feel such guilt and such shame that they think it’s their fault, so they bury it.

“It becomes a sort of terrible hidden secret.”

Camilla said she would continue supporting domestic abuse charities following her ascension to Queen Consort because “you can’t desert things that you’re in the middle of”.

The duchess added that as a feminist she loves to see women gaining confidence before they “fly the flag” for their gender.

She said: “I meet so many women who I find totally inspirational… Those are the stories I love hearing – people who started with no confidence and they go on to make a mark in the world and fly the flag for women.”

The July issue of British Vogue, which includes the full interview, is available from June 21.

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