Archbishop of Canterbury details meeting with Queen Camilla

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Throughout the series, it will look at first-hand accounts of those who have come into contact with Queen Elizabeth II, the then Prince Charles and other members of the royal family.

One account sees how the Archbishop of Canterbury’s relationship with the upcoming Queen Camila began on tenterhooks.

After Charles and Camilla’s marriage, The Archbishop of Canterbury expressed his concerns and thought it would create a crisis for the church.

However, not long after their marriage he soon began to have second thoughts and decided to investigate the matter himself.

Talking about that time in his life, he said: “I contacted Camilla through her secretary and said ‘Oh could we meet?’ and she said ‘I’d be delighted to meet up with you’.

“I wanted it somewhere secret that wasn’t in my office and therefore aroused the interest of other people and it would get out.

“So I said well I have a son in Peckham. This is his address, can we meet?” and before long the pair were having their secret meeting away from everyone else.

The Archbishop continued: “She walked through the front door, we met and had a coffee together and I was really struck by her.

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“Very nice looking lady, very presentable, very intelligent and we had an animated conversation and we talked about her relationship with Charles, going way back to when they were teenagers and so on.

“After she had left I said ‘There is no way that I could ever treat her other than a really nice human being who is deeply in love with Charles’.

“And that affected me talking to other people behind the scenes and hoped it had a way forward and I think it did.”

On May 6, King Charles III alongside Camilla will formally be crowned as head of the Church of England and the transfer of their title and powers will begin.

Charles and Camilla will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in a modern horse-drawn carriage.

More than 6,000 armed forces members will take part, making it the largest military ceremonial operation in 70 years.

The King will be crowned with the solid gold, 17th Century St Edward’s Crown. It is exceptionally heavy and only used at the moment of coronation.

The Queen Consort will be crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown, which has been taken out of the Tower of London to be resized ahead of the ceremony.

All episodes of The Real Crown: Inside the House of Windsor are available to stream exclusively on ITVX from Thursday, April 20.

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