They see it — unfairly, north face coats outlet perhaps — as the strategic move to take control of an older and more experienced woman from a family that has been close to the royals for generations.
But Camilla’s expanding sphere of influence is something that seems to have started to take shape before William and Kate’s marriage in April.
Kate has drawn many comparisons with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who would've been her mother-in-law
Many believe that her influence was stamped on the guest list, which excluded long- standing friends of womens north face jackets Diana who had known William since he was a child, such as Rosa Monckton and Lady Annabel Goldsmith.
Several weeks before the ceremony, Camilla and her daughter, Laura, enjoyed a girlie lunch with Kate and her sister Pippa at Koffman’s, the Berkeley hotel restaurant in London’s Knightsbridge.
One word in particular reached the ears of fellow diners during their animated conversation — ‘advice’.
On the day of the wedding, Camilla arranged for Kate to have her nails done by her own favourite manicurist, Marina Sandoval, from the Jo Hansford hair salon in Mayfair. She also gave Kate a highly personal wedding gift — a gold charm-style bracelet with a small disc engraved with hers and Catherine’s cyphers.
Each is a large ‘C’ under a coronet, though Camilla’s is surrounded by a circle. What makes the gift so significant? Camilla has a similar bracelet of her own that she rarely takes off.
‘Camilla’s exceptional warmth has really touched Catherine,’ says one of Kate’s friends.
At the weekend it also emerged that Camilla has introduced Kate to beauty therapist Deborah Mitchell, who specialises in buy kids north face coats a £165-a-time bee sting facial — hailed as the ‘non-surgical facelift’ and an organic alternative to Botox.
Former beauty queen Deborah is said to have been treating the Duchess of Cornwall for six years and to have been giving Kate tips on her complexion since the wedding.
In other ways, too, there is a growing closeness between the two women.
On Remembrance Sunday earlier this month, Camilla was chatting and exchanging warm smiles with Kate on the Foreign Office balcony overlooking the Cenotaph. Lip-readers claimed the 29-year-old Duchess of Cambridge wondered out loud ‘if William will be nervous’.
The other area about which she has been talking to Camilla is which charities to support.
One idea is for Kate to help a specific charity intensively for a limited time of one or two years during special appeals. This could be more beneficial than if she spread herself thinly over dozens of good causes. Obviously, she is in high demand. These charities include those helping young people and military veterans as well as those in areas such as conservation and art therapy.
But perhaps Camilla’s greatest help so far in smoothing Kate’s path as a fledgling royal is the change she has brought about in Prince Charles.
Though he adores Kate, he is the one figure who has found it difficult to adjust to her arrival in the Royal Family, mainly because of all the uncomfortable memories thrown up by constant comparisons between her and Diana.