Britain’s Queen Camilla recently revealed a popular children’s story “frightened” her as a young child. Speaking on her new podcast, The Queen’s Reading Room, the 76-year-old said that she was never a fan of the author Lewis Carroll because ‘Alice in Wonderland’ scared her when she was little. She admitted it was some of the characters that “frightened” her. She also said that she was fearful of Alice going down the rabbit hole.
Queen Camilla was quizzed on whether she preferred Lewis Carroll or Hans Christian Anderson – the author of The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. She said, “It’s an awful thing to admit, but I’ve never really liked Lewis Carroll”.

“I was rather put off by Alice going down that rabbit hole. It always really frightened me as a child. All the Mad Hatters and Red Queens and… it just wasn’t my favourite,” she added.

Meanwhile, according to the Queen’s Reading Room website, the podcast aims to promote the power and benefits of reading and is on a mission to help more people find and connect with books which enrich their lives. It was launched in 2021 during the Covid pandemic. 

As a charity, we produce accessible, free educational content around literature 365 days a year through our social channels and website; as well as literary festivals and events; research and campaigns,” the website reads.

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