Camillo is a highly honorable, honest, and loyal Sicilian lord, though he is not above a little trickery in a good cause.
He attempts to convince Leontes that his suspicions are unfounded, but in the end agrees to murder Polixenes on the condition that Leontes take Hermione back. He finds it impossible to become a murderer, however, and instead reveals all to Polixenes and flees with him. He becomes the Bohemian king’s closest confidant. Once he finds out what Leontes’s jealousy led to, he continually attempts to effect a reconciliation between the two kings, partly because he is homesick. Polixenes rejects all such advances. He is friendly with Florizel, who regards him highly for his integrity. In the prince’s love for the shepherdess Camillo sees an opportunity to reconcile the king with Leontes, as well as with his son in the long term. Despite his length of service with Polixenes, his higher loyalty is always to Leontes. On his return, Leontes marries him to Paulina, having noted that Camillo is in love with the lady. Whether this is a long-standing devotion dating from the days of her marriage to Antigonus or a new development on Camillo’s return to Sicily is uncertain.