The monarchy has got some explaining to do after the Duchess of Cornwall was busted in a contemptuous display towards the athletes of the Commonwealth.

Camilla was sprung by Channel 7 cameras showing complete indifference to the athletes, officials and artists that featured in the blockbuster opening ceremony to the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

On several occasions, the live broadcast captured the 70-year-old second wife of Prince Charles flicking through a Games program with no regard for the live action.

Prince Charles, left and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive with Aboriginal Elder Ted Williams during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo / AP
Prince Charles, left and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive with Aboriginal Elder Ted Williams during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo / AP

The Duchess of Cornwall's disrespectful performance on the stage in the middle of Carrara Stadium overshadowed a series of other bizarre moments that threatened to steal the show away from the army of volunteers, performers and athletes to feature in the three-hour spectacular.

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The term "Camilla" was briefly trending on Twitter on Wednesday night after the high-profile royal's lack of interest in the opening ceremony left fans of the Commonwealth Games both angry and amused.

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, officially opened the Games on behalf of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in a speech addressed to the entire Commonwealth.

Prince Charles and Camilla arrived in Queensland hours before the games festivities officially began and entered the stadium shortly after a heavy downpour fell on the Gold Coast minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin.

"Over the years these 'Friendly Games' have shown the potential of the Commonwealth to connect people of different backgrounds and nationalities," the Prince told the near-capacity crowd in the 35,000-seat Carrara Stadium.

His address came after his partner was busted by Channel 7 cameras paying no attention to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) chairman Peter Beattie as he welcomed the royal couple.

The bizarre moments that plagued the ceremony started right from the athletes' procession, with the eclectic uniforms sparking heated debate over which was the worst-dressed country at the Commonwealth Games.

Wales' entry in a striking Hawaiian shirt-like ensemble was the early leader in a competitive field.

The cheekiest addition to the weird and wacky moments was spotted early on when an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction saw viewers around the world subjected to a full moon during Ricki-Lee Coulter's beach-themed performance.

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