Adding plugin fails because it already exists, removing plugin fails because it doesn't exist

I’ve some how managed to mess up my Ionic project… some help would be greatly appreciated.

I’m trying to add cordova-plugin-camera so I what I’m doing is:

$ cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-camera this returns an error:

Installing "cordova-plugin-camera" for android
Android Studio project detected
Error during processing of action! Attempting to revert...
Failed to install 'cordova-plugin-camera': CordovaError: Uh oh!
"C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\app\src\main\res\xml\camera_provider_paths.xml" already exists!
    at copyNewFile (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\lib\pluginHandlers.js:261:45)
    at install (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\lib\pluginHandlers.js:51:17)
    at ActionStack.process (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\cordova-common\src\ActionStack.js:56:25)
    at PluginManager.doOperation (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\cordova-common\src\PluginManager.js:114:20)
    at PluginManager.addPlugin (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\cordova-common\src\PluginManager.js:144:17)
    at C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\Api.js:247:74
    at _fulfilled (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:854:54)
    at self.promiseDispatch.done (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:883:30)
    at Promise.promise.promiseDispatch (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:816:13)
    at C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:570:49
(node:26116) UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning: CordovaError: Uh oh!
"C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\app\src\main\res\xml\camera_provider_paths.xml" already exists!
    at copyNewFile (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\lib\pluginHandlers.js:261:45)
    at install (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\lib\pluginHandlers.js:51:17)
    at ActionStack.process (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\cordova-common\src\ActionStack.js:56:25)
    at PluginManager.doOperation (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\cordova-common\src\PluginManager.js:114:20)
    at PluginManager.addPlugin (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\cordova-common\src\PluginManager.js:144:17)
    at C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\Api.js:247:74
    at _fulfilled (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:854:54)
    at self.promiseDispatch.done (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:883:30)
    at Promise.promise.promiseDispatch (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:816:13)
    at C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:570:49
(node:26116) UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning: Unhandled promise rejection. This error originated either by throwing inside of an async function without a catch block, or by rejecting a promise which was not handled with .catch(). (rejection id: 1)
(node:26116) [DEP0018] DeprecationWarning: Unhandled promise rejections are deprecated. In the future, promise rejections that are not handled will terminate the Node.js process with a non-zero exit code.

Since it seems to exist I may as well try removing it:

$ cordova plugin rm cordova-plugin-camera which then tells me:

> cordova plugin remove cordova-plugin-camera --save
Uninstalling cordova-plugin-camera from android

Android Studio project detected

(node:18656) UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning: Error: ENOENT: no such file or directory, open 'C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\app\src\main\assets\www\cordova_plugins.js'
    at Object.fs.openSync (fs.js:646:18)
    at Object.fs.writeFileSync (fs.js:1299:33)
    at C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\cordova-common\src\PluginManager.js:134:16
    at _fulfilled (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:854:54)
    at self.promiseDispatch.done (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:883:30)
    at Promise.promise.promiseDispatch (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:816:13)
    at C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:877:14
    at runSingle (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:137:13)
    at flush (C:\xampp\htdocs\project x\anonymous-social\platforms\android\cordova\node_modules\q\q.js:125:13)
    at _combinedTickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:131:7)
(node:18656) UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning: Unhandled promise rejection. This error originated either by throwing inside of an async function without a catch block, or by rejecting a promise which was not handled with .catch(). (rejection id: 1)
(node:18656) [DEP0018] DeprecationWarning: Unhandled promise rejections are deprecated. In the future, promise rejections that are not handled will terminate the Node.js process with a non-zero exit code.

At this point I figure there is a problem with my Android platform so I remove the platform:

$ cordova platform remove android --save
Removing platform android from config.xml file...
Removing android from cordova.platforms array in package.json

and then adding it back seems to work fine as it returns:

--save flag or autosave detected
Saving android@~7.0.0 into config.xml file ...

Does anyone have an idea what is going? My android platform seems to be a little messed up because other plugins are doing the same thing… any help? Thank you!