Camilla Parker Bowles
Camilla Parker Bowles struggled to deal with the backlash from her affair. The Duchess of Cornwall is pictured attending the Governor-General’s Reception at Government House on March 21, 2019 in Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Jane Barlow - Pool/Getty Images


  • Luke Parker Bowles revealed that he was bullied at school after the death of Princess Diana
  • The 44-year-old nephew of Queen Consort Camilla had a "rough time" due to his surname
  • The film and television producer said it "hasn't scarred" him

Luke Parker Bowles, the nephew of Queen Consort Camilla, has opened up about the difficulties of growing up with the surname Parker Bowles amid the public scrutiny surrounding his aunt's relationship with King Charles III.

The New Jersey-based film and TV producer admitted in an interview with The New York Times published Monday that due to his surname, he was bullied and received death threats at school following the death of the King's first wife Princess Diana in 1997.

"When I was at boarding school, I remember getting bullied and even death threats because people put together that Diana had died because of Camilla, and therefore I had killed Diana by association," Parker Bowles, 44, shared. "It was not a happy time."

But the filmmaker said that the bullying led to him focusing on charity work at a "very young age." He said it was instilled in him by his parents and grandparents so he wouldn't be involved in the "chaos of the early days" of Charles and Camilla's relationship.

"I got involved in charities. I remember swimming [for] three hours nonstop (which is bonkers) for charity. I loved it and I loved focusing on what I could do for other people, instead of focusing on getting bullied," he told the publication.

Parker Bowles, who is linked to Camilla through her first marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles, also revealed that since his 75-year-old aunt became Queen Consort, people "who couldn't care less about me or didn't have relationships with me" suddenly came out of the woodwork, which he didn't really like.

The CinemaLab founder, who is promoting this year's Montclair Film Festival, also divulged some details about his childhood during an interview with "Today" co-host Jenna Bush Hager on Wednesday's episode of the morning talk show.

"It was a rough time. It was not a great time to be a Parker Bowles," the producer said of the days after Princess Diana's death.

"But it hasn't scarred me," Parker Bowles added, revealing that he focused his energy on charity as it was "much more important to be doing charitable things, not to be 'holier than thou,' just because it gives you a focus."

Parker Bowles relocated from the U.K. to Montclair, New Jersey, in 2005, where he now lives with his wife Daniela Parker Bowles, 47, and their three children, according to the New York Times.

He currently works with the British Consulate to promote British talent and is the owner of the film production company Odd Sausage.

Last month, the unofficial British ambassador spearheaded the late Queen Elizabeth II's public memorial service in New York City, which took place in a garden in Lower Manhattan named after the longest-reigning British monarch.

Parker Bowles was part of the team who created the garden in 2005 to honor members of the Commonwealth nations who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Since then, he has enjoyed being involved in royal relations in the metropolitan area.

"I do like being an ambassador for her and His Majesty in New York," he said. "I am the Parker Bowles who is here."

Who Is Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall And Why Will She Be Queen Consort?
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