Could she have gone any further away? Camilla arrives in Aberdeen to join pupils for a cookery class and harvest festival during visit to Scotland that means she'll miss Princess Eugenie's wedding
- Camilla, who is also the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, visited Alford Community Campus today
- Tomorrow she will be visiting Crathie Primary School near Balmoral instead of going to Eugenie's wedding
- Her husband Prince Charles will witness her marriage to Jack Brooksbank but the Duchess will be absent
By Lara Keay For Mailonline
Published: 09:36 EDT, 11 October 2018 | Updated: 13:57 EDT, 11 October 2018
The Duchess of Cornwall will host a shooting party for her friends in Scotland and will not attend Princess Eugenie's wedding tomorrow.
Camilla today joined in a cookery class at a school in Scotland, helping youngsters at Alford Community Campus in Aberdeenshire mark their Harvest Festival.
Camilla, who is also the Duchess of Rothesay, got stuck in as youngsters at Alford Community Campus in Aberdeenshire took part in a cookery class and school performance to mark Harvest Festival.
Tomorrow she will visit Crathie primary school near Balmoral before hosting friends for a party at her Scottish home, which means she will be unable to attend Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall and Rothesay in Scotland is pictured outside Alford Community Campus in Aberdeenshire where she joined pupils taking part in a cooking class during her trip to Scotland that will see her miss the royal wedding
The Duchess visited Alford Community Campus today ahead of her visit to Crathie Primary School near Balmoral tomorrow. Her engagement on Friday means she will miss out on Princess Eugenie's wedding to wine merchant Jack Brooksbank
All smiles: The Duchess of Cornwall is pictured with staff at Alford Community Campus in Aberdeenshire on Thursday
There has been mass speculation as to why the Duchess has decided to visit the school instead of attending the ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor, where Prince Harry, 34, married Meghan Markle, 37 earlier this year.
Her husband Prince Charles will witness the couple getting married and join her in Scotland after the festivities.
An insider said that Camilla was having a 'house party for a few friends' who would stay over the weekend, the Telegraph reported.
But her friends were reportedly puzzled why she had chosen this weekend to plan the party when the date of the wedding has been known for eight months.
A source close to Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank denied there was a rift, saying there was 'no issue' and that the couple had 'known about the diary clash for some time'.
There have been rumours of a rift between the branches of the royal family dating back to the Duchess of York's friendship with Princess Diana.
Today Camilla was pictured beaming with students at Alford Community Campus, which was officially opened in November 2015 and caters for pupils in early years, primary and secondary education.
The campus features a library, theatre, dance studio, sports hall, gym, community rooms and a swimming pool and is well used by the local community.
What's cooking? Camilla, who is also the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, is pictured asking two pupils at Alford Community Campus what they are making for their cookery class to celebrate the Harvest Festival
Charles will witness the marriage of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (pictured) but his wife Camilla will not make the ceremony
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