Her home is on a property roughly the size of six football fields in one of Cape Town’s wealthiest suburbs. Her antique furniture is worth a fortune and she refers to herself as the Queen of Constantia.
Yet when we visit her mansion in the leafy southern suburb, there are no armies of staff welcoming us in and serving refreshments. Instead, Camilla McDowell is up and about, offering us sweet treats and drinks herself.
“I’ve baked a chocolate cake,” she says before wandering off to the kitchen to make coffee. Every hair is perfectly in place and her fitted black jumpsuit is pristine. Her gold-coloured heels glisten as she moves and her accessories would make many a jeweller swoon.