Duchess Camilla just admitted to burying her sister's teddy bear as a child

Oh no!

Annabel Elliot and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Robin Hasse v Andy Murray match on day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 2, 2015 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Annabel Elliot and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Robin Hasse v Andy Murray match on day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Oh no!

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, may be our future queen consort, but she was once a child like everyone else — and her childhood included a certain amount of sibling rivalry.

The Duchess and her younger sister Annabel Elliot are very close now, often spending time together, but they definitely had their spats as little ones.

While filming the new ITV documentary Camilla's Country Life, the royal invited Annabel to join her in the home their grandparents owned during their childhood — Hall Place, in Hampshire, which is now owned by someone else, and which the two women had not visited since 1987. While there, they recounted both happy memories, and some... less happy.

"Have you had a discussion about the buried teddy bear?" Country Life's editor Mark Hedges asked Annabel at one point in the documentary.

"Sorry, that was mine! What did she...?" she answered, visibly confused, before calling her older sister over.

"Mark just brought up the teddy bear, hiding my teddy bear," Annabel told Camilla. "She only owned up to me about a month before I got married that actually she'd buried it."

To her credit, the Duchess immediately confessed to the accusations: "My sister and I had a bit of an argument, so I buried him. It was sibling rivalry."

She added: "He had a very happy resting ground. In the rose garden."

Off camera, someone else asked Annabel: "Have you forgiven her?"

She answered without missing a beat: "Certainly not. It still rankles to this day."

Well, the only children among us are feeling quite lucky in this particular moment.

Thankfully, though, the two women appeared to get on swimmingly throughout the rest of the TV programme. The documentary was filmed while Camilla was in the process of guest-editing Country Life for the first time, ahead of her 75th birthday on 17 July. For the special issue, she commissioned the Duchess of Cambridge to take her portrait.

While filming, Mark joked that Camilla wanted to outsell her husband, Prince Charles's, issues of Country Life. The future king has guest-edited the publication twice, with one of these becoming the most sold issue in the magazine's history.

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.