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

When it emerged that Prince Harry was serious about his new girlfriend Meghan Markle, King Charles’ wife Camilla was eager to help the American television actor be accepted by the royal family and with the rabid attention and criticism of the press to finish, so a New Biography of Camilla.

“The Queen’s Consort knows better than anyone how difficult it is to be welcomed into the Royal Family and wanted to help every newcomer,” writes author and royal expert Angela Levin in an excerpt from her new book Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: From Expelled to Queen Consort.” The excerpt was published in The Telegraph on Thursday.

But Meghan didn’t seem interested in Camilla’s help after she moved to London in 2016, according to Levin. “She seemed bored, unresponsive and went her own way, with the result that the Queen’s Council fell on rocky ground,” Levin writes in the excerpt.

Three days after Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, the release of this excerpt from Levin’s book is sure to fuel speculation that rifts in the royal family may never be healed. While the family publicly united in mourning the loss of their matriarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, they opened up before and after the funeral about the reasons for the trust between Harry and his father, King Charles, and his Brothers. Prince William remains broken.

The Queen's Funeral - Westminster Abbey.  Megan, Camilla and Kate 9/19/22 Picture by Tim Merry
The Queen’s Funeral – Westminster Abbey. Megan, Camilla and Kate 9/19/22 Picture by Tim Merry

During Harry and Meghan’s time in the UK for the funeral, Meghan’s every move, fashion choice and expression at official events came under endless scrutiny. 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 or angry, or engaged in her usual attention-grabbing demeanor.

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Now comes this excerpt from an author who has become a controversial figure in the royal expert industry. Levin is considered one of the harshest critics of Harry and Meghan. Supporters of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex say she is helping to fuel public abuse of the couple on social media.

No doubt there will be questions as to whether and how much Camilla participated in Levin’s bio, which so far reads as quite sympathetic. The excerpt in The Telegraph offers, among other things, the Queen Consort’s perspective on the source of the tensions between Harry and his father and the animosity between the royal family and Meghan.

As Levin writes, the former Camilla Parker Bowles was ostracized by the royal family for years and had to deal with negative press attention and public insults.

She was the other woman in Charles’s marriage to the late Princess Diana, famously proclaiming in a 1995 interview, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a little bit crowded.” died in Paris it was thought that the British public and William and Harry would never accept Camilla.

When Charles and Camilla married in 2005, William and Harry seemed to have regained their senses and appreciated that she never attempted to act as their new surrogate mother. At the time, Levin said Harry was quoted as saying, “She’s a wonderful woman and she made our father very, very happy… William and I love her dearly.”

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Still, Camilla was never sure if Harry wasn’t just being polite when he praised her in 2005, Levin said. An insider told Levin that Camilla “always felt very suspicious of Harry and caught him out of the corner of her eye giving her a long, cold look. She found it quite annoying. Otherwise they got along really well.”

Fast forward to 2016 when Harry began introducing his family to his new girlfriend, a multiracial woman who was born in Los Angeles, starred in a legal TV drama and expressed an interest in philanthropic causes.

“Camilla gave a warm welcome to Meghan when she came to London,” Levin writes. “Prince Charles enjoyed talking to her, especially about theater and art. Camilla felt her experience of public abuse, press insults and the coldness of the royal family put her in a good position to help Meghan adjust to the restrictions of royal life, and was just as keen to help Meghan get back on her feet.”

Camilla invited Meghan to lunch and spent a lot of time offering advice on how to deal with the pressure, Levin writes. A source told Levin, “She doesn’t want to see anyone fight and she likes Meghan.”

After Harry and Meghan married in May 2018, Camilla continued to offer her support to the new Duchess. One of Meghan’s first concerns as a working member of the royal family was to contribute to the book Together: Our Community Cookbook, which showcased more than 50 recipes from women in the Grenfell community devastated by the deadly fire of 2017 was in Grenfell Tower in London.

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To show their support for Meghan’s first solo project, Charles and Camilla invited her to lunch at Highgrove, their country home. Camilla’s friend Lucia Santa Cruz told Levin: “As a surprise, Camilla went above and beyond to ensure lunch consisted only of recipes from Meghan’s cookbook and that included a very spicy salsa. That was a really nice gesture.”

But that gesture, according to Levin, “had no bearing” on Meghan’s warming to her role in the monarchy. In 2020, Meghan and Harry announced they were retiring from royal life and moving to California.

Recent reports said Harry had planned to write negative things about Camilla in his forthcoming memoir, which was due to be released later this year, but The Telegraph reported last week that Harry would delay its release until 2023 to mark the period of mourning for to respect the queen death.

A source told Levin that Harry’s father and stepmother “got hateful in his mind” while “Meghan was terrible to her too.”

Camilla believes that Harry’s negative feelings towards her “could be part of his therapy process to relive certain things, and he might want to blame someone else for his own mistakes,” a source told Levin. Another source said: “What happened and how (Prince Harry) acted was very upsetting to her. There was a lot of hurt everywhere, but like all families, you have to accept everything and hope things get better.”

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