Camilla says she can't 'get shot of Covid' after testing positive last month

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The Duchess of Cornwall has described the lingering side effects of Covid-19 she is still battling after testing positive last month.

Camilla, 74, made the comment when hosting a reception to mark International Women’s Day at Clarence House, yesterday. 

The wife to the Prince of Wales revealed she was struggling to ‘shake off’ her bout of the virus from three weeks ago.

She said: ‘It’s taken three weeks and still can’t get shot of it. Probably my voice might suddenly go and I might start coughing and spluttering.’

The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) has described the lingering side effects of Covid-19 she is still battling after testing positive last month. Camilla, 74, made the comment when hosting a reception to mark International Women's Day at Clarence House, yesterday

The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) has described the lingering side effects of Covid-19 she is still battling after testing positive last month. Camilla, 74, made the comment when hosting a reception to mark International Women’s Day at Clarence House, yesterday

Camilla pictured with Prince Charles today during a tour of Tate Britain in London

Camilla pictured with Prince Charles today during a tour of Tate Britain in London

Elsewhere during the event, Camilla also met Emerald Fennell, the actress who portrayed her in royal drama The Crown. 

While the Netflix show’s controversial fourth series was said to have ruffled feathers within the Royal Family, the duchess seemed delighted to meet her television double. 

Fennell, 36, admitted she was nervous about meeting the royal, but was quick to compliment Camilla on her ‘grace and good humour’ throughout her time in the public eye. 

And it seems Camilla took the meeting in good spirits too, joking that it was ‘reassuring to know that, if I should fall off my perch at any moment, my fictional alter ego is here to take over’, according to The Telegraph.  

Among the other guests at the event was singer Mel B, broadcaster Emma Barnett and Inna Prystailo, wife of Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko. 

The actress said about their encounter: ‘It was absolutely delightful. She is such an impressive person, it was fittingly nice to meet her today on International Women’s Day because she does so much for so many particularly female-centred charities. 

Elsewhere, the Duchess of Cornwall came face to face with her'younger self' as she met the actress who portrayed her in royal drama The Crown, Emerald Fennell

Elsewhere, the Duchess of Cornwall came face to face with her ‘younger self’ as she met the actress who portrayed her in royal drama The Crown, Emerald Fennell

Among the other guests at the event was singer Mel B, who in true Scary Spice fashion donned a leopard print dress

Among the other guests at the event was singer Mel B, who in true Scary Spice fashion donned a leopard print dress

Inna Prystailo, wife of Ukraine's ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, also joined guests at the event

Inna Prystailo, wife of Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, also joined guests at the event 

‘I was nervous I might be thrown in the tower but so far so good.’ 

On Camilla, she added: ‘She’s been in the spotlight for a long time and has always weathered it with a lot of grace and good humour.’ 

The duchess and the actress chatted for a few minutes but when asked about the conversation Fennell remained tight-lipped and replied with a smile: ‘You know what – I’m going to be very discreet, because if I’ve learnt anything it’s “loose lips sink ships”.’

Camilla was typically polished in a structured blue dress adorned with gold buttons , paired with black tights and matching boots. 

Meanwhile, actress Fennell was the picture of elegance in a chic white double breasted blazer paired with matching tailored trousers. 

While the Netflix show's controversial fourth series was said to have ruffled feathers within the Royal Family, the duchess seemed delighted to meet her television double

While the Netflix show’s controversial fourth series was said to have ruffled feathers within the Royal Family, the duchess seemed delighted to meet her television double

The fourth series of The Crown, detailing events of 1977 to 1990, shows Prince Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles (pictured, Fennell in the role)

The fourth series of The Crown, detailing events of 1977 to 1990, shows Prince Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles (pictured, Fennell in the role)

Camilla welcomed Fennell along with other leading women from the arts, politics and business to celebrate International Women’s Day. 

She met with members of Team ExtraOARdinary, who rowed their 23-foot boat ‘Dolly Parton’ 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canaries to English Harbour in Antigua in 42 days, seven hours and 17 minutes. 

The impressive journey raised money for cancer charities Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 

Prystailo, who last week was comforted by the duchess, gave a moving speech about the plight of women in her homeland as the Russian invasion continues.

Struggling to hold back tears, she said: ‘Today there are no smiles and no peace, just horror and sorrow in the eyes of every Ukrainian woman, mother and wife.’

She added: ‘Now we have to count the death toll of our people and watch their frightened, crying children who are forced to flee their native land with their mothers and sisters, leaving their fathers to defend our country.’

Camilla, president of the Women of the World Festival being staged this weekend, said ‘vast strides’ still need to be taken towards greater equality and told her guests: ‘We will need more than 135 years to close the gender gap worldwide.’ 

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