Charles and Camilla do America.

Charles and Camilla do America.

Charles and Camilla do America.

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Nov. 2 2005 12:14 PM

Charles and Camilla Do America

All we are saying is give them a chance.

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On Tuesday, Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, kicked off a weeklong tour of the United States that will include stops in New York, Washington, San Francisco, and New Orleans. This is the first official visit for the pair since Charles wed Camilla in a decidedly low-key ceremony in April. According to officials, the couple's mission is to highlight the ties that bind the United States and Great Britain and to promote the prince's environmental work; however, some are speculating that it is a palace ploy to get America to finally warm up to the un-Diana-like Camilla. In April, June Thomas applauded the prince for "making an honest woman of his age-appropriate partner, a woman with whom he is well-matched in looks, habits, and hobbies, whom he has known and loved for more than 30 years." According to Thomas, Charles' real mistake was getting his "weddings out of order: He married his first wife second and his trophy wife first."