Queen Camilla and King Charles spend a lot of their time wandering around the United Kingdom doing fancy royal engagements (TBD on if Charles brings his emotional support teddy bear), which involves a lot of meet and greets. And apparently, Queen Camilla has a subtle signal that she uses when she wants her husband to move things TF along.
According to royal author Gyles Brandreth’s book Elizabeth (via The Express), “When he is running late or talking too much, she tugs discreetly at the back of his jacket—sometimes quite vigorously.”
Brandreth also writes that Camilla has a method of calming Charles down when he gets upset in public—like, for example, when a pen misbehaves and starts leaking all over the place. 🙃
As Brandreth puts it, “When he gets tetchy—because the pen doesn’t work, as it didn’t when he was signing a document at Hillsborough Castle in County Down—she soothes him, putting out a hand and kneading him gently in the small of his back.”
The author, who’s friendly with Charles and Camilla, also said that Camilla is “fundamental to the architecture” of Charles’s life, and that “she is his good companion and best friend and, now that his children have left home, she is the only person in the entire world with whom he can be completely free and open.” Brandreth continued, “Camilla is his strength and stay, the ally who knows him better than anyone and, now that he’s King, the only person who can still treat him as an equal. I have watched them at close quarters—at Highgrove, before they were married and since, at Clarence House, at Buckingham Palace. He adores her, clearly. In small talk, he mentions ‘my darling wife’ in almost every sentence. She looks at him with a kindly eye, amused and aware of his foibles.”