Camilla health scare: Duchess ordered by doctor to cancel engagement with Meghan and Harry

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CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, was ordered by her doctor to cancel her engagements scheduled on Thursday due to a “chest infection” – leaving Meghan and Harry to visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey alone.

Camilla is suffering from a chest infection which worsened over the past few days, Clarence House revealed.  A Clarence House spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “The Duchess of Cornwall has been told by her doctor to cancel her engagements owing to a chest infection which has got progressively worse over the last few days.”   

It is understood that the Duchess of Cornwall is deeply disappointed she won’t be able to attend the Field of Remembrance service on Thursday. 

Camilla was also forced to pull out from another engagement on Wednesday night. 

As Vice-Patron, Camilla was scheduled to attend a gala dinner at the London Library to celebrate the 200th birthday of Prince Albert. 

But, due to her health condition, the Duchess was advised to remain home and rest.  

Thursday’s engagement at Westminster Abbey is particularly close to Camilla’s heart, as she is the Patron of the Poppy Factory, where Remembrance Poppies are made. 

The Duchess’ absence from the Abbey means Harry and Meghan have attended the engagement alone. 

After arriving at the Abbey, Meghan followed Prince Harry’s lead and planted a Cross of Remembrance in a field of red poppies.  

Stepping back, she lowered her head and paid her respect. 

The Sussexes also observed two minutes of silence. 

Following the solemn moment, Meghan and Harry visited the memorial plots for regimental associations. 

There, they met veterans from all areas of Armed Forces who have served in past campaigns, including the D-Day landing, and more recent wars. 

Camilla was last seen on Wednesday, when she visited with Prince Charles a farmers’ market in the London borough of Camden. 

There, she was seen coughing before speaking to one of the sellers at one cheese stall. 

But, despite her poor health condition, the Duchess of Cornwall still spoke to many sellers at the market, asking information about their jobs and products. 

In a video, she can be seen speaking to Hempen, a co-operative which sells hemp and CBD oil. 

Footage shows Camilla in conversation with the market seller, who says: “We’re also forming a family members for British Hemp Association, BHA. 

“Which is a group of hemp farmers that are starting to get together.” 

The Duchess then spoke of the “fantastic” stories about the health benefits of hemp and CBD oil, according to the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English. 

Camilla is expected to join other senior royals on Saturday night, who will head to the Royal Albert Hall for the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.

On Sunday, the Duchess is also expected to attend the solemn ceremony at the Cenotaph in central London. 

There, for the third time in the past three years, Prince Charles will be laying a wreath of red poppies, with the Queen looking on from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

Several members of the Royal Family have been carried out engagements in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.  

On Wednesday, the Queen visited the Centenary Village in Kent, where she met a 100-year-old veteran, John Riggs. 

A heartwarming video shows the veteran exchanging a few words with the Queen.

The monarch, wearing a bright purple coat with a matching hat, asked the veteran whether he was really 100-year-old.

She said: “Are you 100? That’s wonderful, isn’t it?”

The Queen then, with a smirk, added: “You beat me!”

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