Camilla’s cheeky wink behind Trump’s back shows why we love her

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Camilla’s cheeky wink behind Trump’s back shows why we love her

The duchess's lack of starchiness merely further cements her status as a UK national treasure

Anna Pasternak

So the Duchess of Cornwall’s wink has gone viral. In a spontaneous gesture of levity, as the Prince of Wales ushered US President Donald Trump and his wife from the room after they had had tea at Clarence House, Camilla turned to her protection officer, her face creasing into an enigmatic smile – and she winked.

Now it is all over the internet. What was she trying to communicate?

It hardly seems to matter. In one flicker of an eyelid, the duchess managed to diffuse any tension over Trump’s visit. And it seemed to encapsulate everything the nation has come to love about her. Although her pantomime-playful plea may not have been the height of diplomacy, Camilla’s lack of starchiness will have further cemented her status as a national treasure...

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