A fly in the ointment for the new queen consort? After promising beginnings, 44% of Britons believing that King Charles III and his wife are doing good job as sovereigns according to a survey relayed by theDaily Express, a video could well taint the very recent popularity of Camilla Parker Bowles. While visiting, this Thursday, November 24, a nursery managed by the charity Barnado’s, of which she is also patron since 2016, his behavior with the children present intrigued some Internet users. Widely shared on social networks, including Twitter, one of the videos filming on location during the encounter actually shows the Duchess of Cornwall catching the sleeve of a little black girl rather than her wrist or her hand.
Some Internet users are convinced of this: this gesture is voluntary to avoid direct contact with the child.“Watch Camilla do her best to do not touch a black baby”writes a user on Twitter in a publication accompanied by a screenshot of the decried gesture and the hashtag RacistRoyalFamily .“Black Britons must stop allowing their children to be used as props in the Royal Family’s public displays. Do you see how [Camilla] treat that baby like he’s a piece of trash that she is about to throw in a trash can? commented another user.“Camilla has a hard time touching a black kid (and the kids clearly look uncomfortable around her)”, notes a user who posted a second video showing Camilla hugging a little black girl, visibly not very confident.
⋙ PHOTOS – Charles III and Camilla supported by William and Kate on a historic day in London
Racism or clumsiness?
“Camilla admired the bracelet of the child. Watch the whole clip with sound”defends a user in a tweet accompanied by the video posted on the official account of the British royal family. A theory that many Internet users put forward.
For others, the attitude of the queen consort is simply the result ofa clumsiness.“Camilla is clearly not great with young children and maybe they should have delivered the stuffed animals to children a bit older who would have been more aware of what is happening and who would have more interacted with her. This shows that Camilla is clumsynot necessarily racist”notes one of them.
This trip was actually intended to distribute to these children, supported by the Barnado’s association, the stuffed animals of Paddington Bear which had been left outside Buckingham Palace as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death last September.
Our colleagues fromNewsweekrecall that it was Camilla herself who organized the cleaning of the cubs and their donation to associations.
Article written in collaboration with 6Medias.
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