Could Camilla's Boozing Cost Charles the Throne?

By McCarton Ackerman 11/12/12

The Queen is seriously unamused by her daughter-in-law's "drunken outbursts," sources claim, resulting in an alleged trip to rehab.

Charles and Camilla visit a whiskey distillery
in 2008.
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Reports are surfacing that Camilla Parker-Bowles, the wife of Prince Charles, has been sent to a rehab in India for a drinking problem—and that Queen Elizabeth is so unamused by her behavior that she may offer the British throne to her grandson, Prince William, next instead of Charles. In addition to Camilla's alleged drunken outbursts, the Queen has also apparently taken exception to her daughter-in-law's supposed attempts to shame Kate Middleton during the nude photo scandal earlier this year. Kate herself is a prominent supporter of addiction causes. According to reports—which, we should stress, are far from officially confirmed—Prince Charles ordered his wife to attend the $5,000 per night Sukiyaki International Holistic Health Center in Bangalore, India, in an attempt to regain the Queen's approval.

"Officially she was there for a week of yoga sessions, meditation, massage with medicated oils, vegetarian foods and spiritual healing, but the truth is Camilla was being locked away to detox,” claims an anonymous source. “He bellowed that she was costing him the crown—and ordered her to clean up her act!” Camilla is said to have checked in under the pseudonym Audrey Parker, with a group of 10 friends and government minders who monitored her every move. She apparently attended the same center back in October 2010. Prince Charles already seems to accept that Camilla will never become Queen; the FAQ section on his website states: "it is intended that The Duchess will be known as HRH the Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.” If the reports are true, Charles hardly seems to have discouraged his wife's alleged alcohol problem; in 2008, the pair visited the Islay distillery of his favorite Scotch whiskey, Laphroaig, on which he bestowed his Royal Warrant.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.