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Commonwealth Games 2018: Organisers insist Camilla was jetlagged, not bored, during opening ceremony

They said the Duchess of Cornwall 'really wanted to go to sleep'

Jack Austin
Thursday 05 April 2018 09:08 BST
Camilla looked exhausted during the opening ceremony
Camilla looked exhausted during the opening ceremony (Getty)

Organisers of the Commonwealth Games have defended Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for looking bored during the opening ceremony on the Gold Coast, insisting she was jetlagged and “really wanted to go to sleep”.

The ceremony which signalled the start of the games was received positively but somewhat overshadowed in many reports by Camilla’s wavering attention during the show.

The 70-year-old was in the VIP box alongside her husband Prince Charles and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull but president of the game Louise Martin insisted the Duchess was just exhausted, rather than disinterested.

“She was jet-lagged, she'd just got off the plane in the morning,” Martin said at a media briefing on Thursday.

“She did full duty right through and the only time she got a break was when she sat in the car from Brisbane down to here.

“Then she got 20 minutes to change before she went to another reception. When you're back to back like that, coming off a long-haul flight... and she literally hates flying. She really wanted to go to sleep.”

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