Meghan rejected Camilla’s help to cope with royal life: book

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When it became apparent that Prince Harry was serious about his new girlfriend, Meghan Markle, King Charles’ wife, Camilla, was eager to help the American TV actor become accepted by the royal family and deal with rabid press attention and criticism, according to a new biography of Camilla.

“The queen consort knows more than anyone how difficult it is to become accepted into the royal family and wanted to help any newcomer,” author and royal expert Angela Levin writes in an excerpt of her new book, “Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: From Outcast to Queen Consort.” The excerpt was published in The Telegraph Thursday. 

But Meghan didn’t seem interested in Camilla’s help after she moved to London in 2016, according to Levin. “She seemed bored, was unresponsive and preferred to go her own way, with the result that the queen consort’s advice landed on stony ground,” Levin writes in the excerpt.

Three days after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the publication of this excerpt of Levin’s book is certain to add fuel to speculation that rifts in the royal family may never be healed. While the family put on a public show of unity as they mourned their matriarch, who died Sept. 8, at age 96, reports before and after the funeral offer reasons for why the trust between Harry and his father, King Charles, and brother, Prince William, remains broken.

The Queen’s Funeral – Westminster Abbey. Megan, Camilla and Kate 19.9.22 Picture by Tim Merry 

During Harry and Meghan’s time in the U.K. for the funeral, Meghan’s every move, fashion choice and expression at official events was endlessly scrutinized. Fans praised her beauty and strength in the face of a hostile monarchy and media, but her critics found reasons to say she appeared upset, angry or was engaging in what they say was her usual attention-seeking behavior.

Now comes this excerpt from an an author who has become a controversial figure in the industry of royal punditry. Levin is considered one of Harry and Meghan’s fiercest critics, with supporters of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex saying that she helps to foment public abuse of the couple on social media.

No doubt, there will be questions about if and how much Camilla participated in Levin’s biography, which reads as pretty sympathetic so far. Among other things, the excerpt in The Telegraph offers the queen consort’s perspective on the source of tensions between Harry and his father, and the animosity between the royal family and Meghan.

As Levin writes, the former Camilla Parker Bowles spent years being ostracized by the royal family and dealing with negative press attention and public insults.

She was the other woman in the demise of Charles’ marriage to the late Princess Diana, who famously proclaimed in a 1995 interview, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” When the globally beloved Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, it was thought that the British public, and William and Harry, would never accept Camilla.

By the time Charles and Camilla married in 2005, William and Harry appeared to have come around, appreciating that she never tried to act as their new surrogate mother. At the time, Levin said Harry was quoted as saying, “She’s a wonderful woman and she’s made our father very, very happy … William and I love her to bits.”

Nonetheless, Camilla was never sure whether Harry wasn’t just being polite when he praised her in 2005, Levin said. An insider told Levin that Camilla “always felt quite wary of Harry and used to see him out of the corner of her eye looking at her in a long and cold way. She found it rather unnerving. Otherwise, they got on quite well.”

Fast forward to 2016, when Harry began to introduce his family to his new girlfriend, a mixed-race woman who was born in Los Angeles, co-starred on a TV legal drama and expressed interest in philanthropic causes.

“Camilla warmly greeted Meghan when she came to London,” Levin writes. “Prince Charles enjoyed talking to her, especially about the theatre and arts. Camilla felt the experience she had coping with public abuse, press insults and frostiness from the royal family put her in a good place to help Meghan adjust to the restrictions of royal life, and was equally keen to help Meghan find her feet.”

Camilla invited Meghan to lunches and spent a lot of time offering advice on how to handle the pressure, Levin writes. A source told Levin, “She doesn’t want to see anyone struggling and she is fond of Meghan.”


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