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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, preparing for U.S. trip

Charles praises Camilla for how she has defined her public role

The two are coming up on their 10-year wedding anniversary

Aberdeenshire, Scotland CNN  — 

In an exclusive interview ahead of his U.S. tour – and ahead of his 10-year wedding anniversary – Prince Charles paid tribute to the “brilliant” way his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has taken on the “real, real challenge” of defining her public role.

“It’s always marvelous to have somebody who, you know, you feel understands and wants to encourage. Although she certainly pokes fun if I get too serious about things. And all that helps,” Prince Charles told CNN.

The couple first visited the U.S. together as newlyweds in 2005, and Camilla was confronted by hardcore Princess Diana fans with abusive placards. Polls at the time found that between 57% and 73% of Br