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The Duchess of Cornwall, 74, and Mrs Johnson, 34, greeted each other warmly at the Violence Against Women and Girls event at the Kigali Convention Centre on Thursday. The pair are in Rwanda with their husbands for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm).

Camilla, who wore a blue dress, and Mrs Johnson, in a yellow sleeveless top and patterned skirt, smiled and laughed as they chatted at the event.

It comes after reports the royal bonded with Boris Johnson’s wife during the Covid pandemic when the Prime Minister was battling the virus in intensive care.

A source told The Times: “She provided support to Carrie in a really difficult time.

“They get on really well. It’s very different to Boris’s relationship with Charles.”

Camilla is set to give a keynote speech at the women and girls event being staged ahead of the summit of Commonwealth leaders.

Convened by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland, the event will showcase the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s partnership with the No More Foundation.

It has led to the launch of the Commonwealth Says No More initiative to prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse, specifically on addressing violence against women and girls.

The event is part of a busy day of engagements for Camilla and Prince Charles, who landed in Rwanda on Tuesday.

The Prince of Wales is set to hold a potentially awkward meeting with the Prime Minister tomorrow following his reported criticism of the Government’s policy of sending asylum seekers to the East African country on a one-way ticket.

The heir to the throne reportedly branded the plans “appalling” in private remarks.

It is understood Mr Johnson will visit Charles for a cup of tea on Friday morning but he is not keen to raise the policy.

Later today, Camilla and the First Lady of Rwanda, Jeanette Kagame, will visit a public library supported by Book Aid International, a charity which the Duchess now represents as patron after succeeding Prince Philip in the role.

Meanwhile, Charles will highlight the critical importance of rejuvenating land with a visit to a local wildlife sanctuary which has reclaimed surrounding wetlands and protected endangered cranes.

The future King will also attend a series of events that will focus on climate, health and the private sector, meeting business owners from across the Commonwealth, host a roundtable with his Sustainable Markets Initiative, Commonwealth leaders and global CEOs, and attend the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

The royal couple will end their day by attending a fashion event as part of the Kigali Fashion Week.