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

When Princess Diana shared details about Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ affair in her 1995 Panorama interview, the couple quickly became the target of scrutiny by those who deemed their behavior inappropriate.

While Prince Charles had the palace on his side to work on revamping his reputation, Camilla was left to face the backlash alone.

In an uncovered interview given by Camilla in 2017, the Duchess of Cornwall reportedly revealed the scandal forced her to become a prisoner in her own home.

“I couldn’t really go anywhere. But the children came and went as normal – they just got on with it – and so did great friends,” she reportedly told The Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine.

Due to the attention she received, Camilla didn’t leave her home for about a year and spent her time learning to paint. “It was horrid. It was a deeply unpleasant time and I wouldn’t want to put my worst enemy through it,” she stated.

Camilla credited her “British upbringing” for helping her survive the controversial time in her life. As a child, the Duchess of Cornwall learned to “keep a stiff upper lip and not complain.”

Prince Charles and Princess Diana finalized their divorce in 1996. The Prince of Wales continued his romance with Camilla and the two married in 2005.