Duchess Camilla appeared to welcome Prince Harry’s wife, Duchess Meghan when she joined the Royal Family. However, the couple eventually separated from Camilla, but she always had a specific memory of it.
When Meghan Markle was to join the royal family by marrying Prince Harry, one person, Duchess Camilla, seemed to welcome her with open arms. Earlier in Meghan and Camilla’s relationship, they were said to have “genuine affection” for each other.
Their bond was due to their common interests and common background: they were both divorced, were not of royal blood and were both strangers to the royal family. Following the announcement of the couple’s engagement, Camilla addressed an important matter.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a photocall in Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace following their engagement announcement on November 27, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
When asked on November 28, 2017 what she thought of her stepson’s engagement to Meghan, the Duchess of Cornwall had the most endearing response. Prince Charles’ wife and Harry’s mother-in-law said:
“It’s brilliant! America’s loss is our gain. We are absolutely thrilled. As you can see, they are so happy.”
Duchess Camilla at Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday on November 24, 2017 in Ascot, England. | Source: Getty Images
Camilla noted how having good news was an absolute joy in a climate of bad news. When a viewer shared how they consider Meghan to be smart, charming and an asset to the Royal Family, the Duchess of Cornwall replied: “She’s a star.”
Harry’s wife-to-be and Camilla bonded over their “shared love of good wine and yoga”. According to the Daily Mail, before Harry and Meghan got married, Charles’ wife tried to help the prince’s bride adjust to becoming a royal.
Duchess Meghan, Duchess Camilla and Duchess Kate ride a carriage down The Mall during Trooping The Color on June 8, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
She reportedly invited Meghan to a private lunch and described how the press treated her after Princess Diana’s death. Camilla reportedly opened up about how she coped with the spotlight and the pressure.
She reportedly advised Meghan to focus on the positives of her new role instead and to “ride the storm” of any negative press. A friend of Meghan’s later revealed how grateful she was for Camilla’s support, but ignored it.
HOW CAMILLA SHOWN UP FOR MEGHAN DURING HER WEDDING AND BEYOND
Duchess Camilla during a homecoming parade of riflemen who have recently returned from deployment to Iraq on February 27, 2017 in Aldershot, England. | Source: Getty Images
Ahead of Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in May 2018, sources have explained how Camilla played a crucial role. She reportedly guided her husband to “the right thing to do”, leading Charles to play an important role.
When Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, failed to arrive in London to walk his daughter down the aisle, the Prince of Wales stepped in. t stepped in to help.
After their wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first public appearance was at a garden party at Buckingham Palace. The event was meant to celebrate Charles’ charity work ahead of his 70th birthday.
The occasion turned out to be Meghan’s first as a member of the royal family. Camilla seemed to put her at ease as they got along pretty well, and at one point the duo shared their humor as Harry fought off a bee while giving a speech.
Duchess Camilla and Duchess Meghan at the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday celebration on May 22, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
At one point, the Duchess of Cornwall was seen holding hands with Harry’s wife, signaling how Meghan had been welcomed into the family. Royal watchers believed it also showed how the new Duchess was now ‘one of us’.
In November 2018, a friend claimed that Camilla and Meghan got along like “aces”. The source alleged that the couple liked each other, had support and genuine warmth, and the Duchess of Cornwall was very helpful to her new daughter-in-law.
Later, after Archie was born, the Sussexes appeared in an ITV documentary where they revealed they weren’t facing the intense publicity. Meghan even claimed that “not many people asked me if I was okay”.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s friends revealed weeks later that she served as a ‘pillar of support’ for the Sussexes after the documentary sparked a fallout. A source claimed Camilla was unaware of how much the couple were in pain.
Duchess Meghan, Duchess Camilla and Prince Harry on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, England. | Source: Getty Images
Charles’ wife wanted everyone to get along and be happy and was very fond of Meghan. Shortly after, the Sussexes and Camilla attended a joint engagement at the Field of Remembrance Service at Westminster Abbey.
Unfortunately, things started falling apart for Camilla and Meghan when the latter allegedly eclipsed the former. Harry’s wife has reportedly promised not to overshadow Camilla’s speech on domestic abuse in London.
Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla and Duchess Meghan at Charles’ 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 22, 2018. | Source: Getty Images
She had been planning for nearly a year to deliver a powerful speech on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Women of the World Festival. Instead, on the same day, Meghan reportedly insisted that her photos at a theater appear in the newspapers, catching Camilla’s attention.
The decision “sparked fury” and left the Duchess of Cornwall “very upset”. From then on, things between the two former strangers seemed to go from bad to worse, but Charles’ wife still seems to have a soft spot for the Sussexes.
CAMILLA’S CURRENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SUSSEXES
In 2020, Harry and his wife announced they were stepping back from their senior royal roles as they seek independence. The couple and their son eventually moved from the UK to the United States, where they now live.
In March 2021, the Sussexes had a revealing interview for CBS with Oprah Winfrey that left the royal family in shock. The couple have been openly critical of the Royal Family and partly blamed them for deciding to step back from their duties.
Duchess Camilla hosts a reception with members of the UK ExtraOARdinary rowing team at Clarence House, London on March 8, 2022. | Source: Getty Images
The interview upset Charles and Camilla, with Harry claiming his father had stopped taking his phone calls and the family had cut him off financially. A friend thought Camilla would never forgive Meghan for what she and her husband did to Charles.
In 2022, British journalist and author Tom Bower claimed there had never been “common ground” between Camilla and Meghan. Bower claimed the truth was that Harry’s wife “never loved Camilla”.
Duchess Camilla shakes hands with Abby Johnston during a reception with ExtraOARdinary UK rowing team members Kat Cordiner and Charlotte Irving at Clarence House, London on March 8, 2022. | Source: Getty Images
The writer said Charles’ wife had always been suspicious of the Duchess of Sussex from the start. The Duchess of Cornwall reportedly found it hard to believe the former actress would sacrifice her independence and career to be a quiet team player in the Royal Family.
According to author Christopher Andersen, blind advertising [Prince] Harry and his older brother, Prince William.
Despite all the claims, Camilla publicly showed her and Charles’ home of Clarence House; a photo in the living room sparked the conversation. The image perched there showed Charles walking Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day.
On March 8, 2022, she hosted a home reception for members of the UK rowing team ExtraOARdinary where the photo was faintly visible. One of Harry also stood on a table, showing how Camilla still held room for her son-in-law and daughter-in-law.
According to Page Six, the Duke of Sussex has still not reconciled with Camilla, his father’s mistress when Charles was married to Diana. Harry wouldn’t have fully accepted his stepmother, especially knowing that Diana was the one who was to become queen one day.
Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Queen Elizabeth II, Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate attend a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force on July 10, 2018 in London, UK. England. | Source: Getty Images
Reports indicate that Diana’s second son would still see Camilla as the woman who caused his parents’ divorce. In February 2022, the Queen announced that Camilla would be titled Queen Consort when Charles ascended the throne.
According to author Christopher Andersen, the announcement blindsided Harry and his older brother Prince William. The Queen’s decision is said to have driven “a gap” between the generations at the palace.