Duchess of Cornwall comes face-to-face with author of Prince Charles book News

Camilla spoke briefly with Catherine Mayer, whose unofficial biography – Charles: The Heart Of A King – claims the Queen is concerned about the potential style of the monarchy under her son.

Duchess of Cornwall comes face-to-face with author of Prince Charles book News   Catherine Mayer, right, is the author of “Charles – the Heart of a King”

The pair had a “quick chat” at Southbank Centre in central London ahead of this year’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival, a royal spokeswoman said.

Among the guests were broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, Olympic gold-medal winner Christine Ohuruogu and internet entrepreneur Baroness Lane-Fox as the Duchess was announced as royal president of the festival.

Camilla said: “Supporting the achievements of women – in all walks of life – is hugely important and WOW plays a vital role in bringing the right people together”.

“It takes a frank look at the obstacles that prevent women and girls from reaching their potential and provides a platform for discussions of issues that really matter”.

“Many of you here today have told me about the great diversity of the work you are involved in – supporting victims of domestic violence, campaigning against the horrific practice of FGM (female genital mutilation), encouraging young women in business, promoting women in sport, to name but a few – and my hope is that you will continue this all-important work and make WOW an even bigger and better occasion every year”.

Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival, now in its fifth year, runs from March 1 to International Women’s Day on Sunday March 8.

More than 300 speakers and performers will take part in concerts, comedy performances, workshops and debates on hundreds of topics relating to equality for women and girls, organisers said.

Jude Kelly, founder and director of Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival said: “In the five years since WOW – Women of the World Festival was launched, the Duchess of Cornwall has supported us in our desire to create a global platform to express ambition for gender equality”.

“Her decision to become the royal president of WOW is a thrilling endorsement of the WOW’s achievements and aspirations, and as a champion of women’s issues this commitment from the Duchess of Cornwall will accelerate the strength and reach of WOW across the world”.