Thursday, 8 November 2018


Camilla ABANDONS Prince Charles in Nigeria to go home from royal tour early

CAMILLA, the Duchess of Cornwall has left her royal tour of Africa with Prince Charles early leaving the future King to carry out his final engagements alone.

 By Laura Mowat 

Prince Charles was seen arriving at Lagos airport in Nigeria without his wife as he embarked on the penultimate day of the nine-day tour of West Africa.

Camilla, 71, whose early departure was scheduled ahead of the visit, also left their Australia tour early in April this year.

A palace insider said it was because the Duchess of Cornwall, who could become Queen when Charles takes to the throne, “doesn’t want to take too much on".

Speaking last year, the palace insider told Camilla had always planned to go home from Australia early, saying: “The Duchess doesn’t want this, she does get tired.

The Duchess of Cornwall has left West Africa early (Image: PA)

“When they visit Australia on a tour the Duchess is coming back early.

“The schedule is too much for her, as she’s 70 years old. She doesn’t want to take too much on.”

A Clarence House spokesman has said previously the Duchess of Cornwall does not like flying and this is why she cuts her tours short slightly.

Since Camilla’s departure, Prince Charles has been speaking to naval crew during his visit to the Lagos Naval Berths in Nigeria.

The couple’s current tour began in Gambia on October 31, before they travelled to Ghana on November 2 and to Nigeria on November 6.

The royal couple touched down in Abuja on November 6 and were forced to pull out of an engagement in the city of Jos due to violence.

Clashes between nomadic Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers are common as the two groups fight over land and grazing rights.

Before the royal couple left Accra, the Ghanaian capital, the Prince gave a speech where he talked about the threat of climate change and aired his concerns about rapid urbanisation and the depletion of resources.

The Prince of Wales onboard the NNS Ekulu, speaks to naval crew, in Lagos (Image: PA)

He spoke about his concern for the future of his grandchildren as he is worried about environmental issues such as plastic pollution.

He told his audience, which included Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo, that the Commonwealth could play a vital part in safeguarding the planet.

Clarence House published a video of the royal couple dancing alongside the President and First Lady of Ghana. has contacted Clarence House for comment.

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