Queen Camilla tried to take Meghan Markle under her wing when she joined the Royal Family, “offering advice” that “landed on stony ground”, according to a new biography written by a vocal critic of the Duchess.
Angela Levin, who followed Prince Harry for a year before his wedding while writing the book Harry: A Biography of a Prince, wrote in his new project, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: from pariah to queen consortthat Meghan’s introduction to the Royal Family in 2018 was “warmly” welcomed by Harry’s mother-in-law.
Meghan and Harry were seen with the new Queen and other family members side by side for the first time this month following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.
The Sussexes were in Britain on a pre-arranged trip to attend charity events when the Queen died. The couple’s attendance at a floral tribute visit with the Prince and Princess of Wales at Windsor Castle, and the King asking Harry to appear in uniform for a special wake ahead of the state funeral has led some to speculate about a royal truce being worked out between broken family members.
Whether that truce holds as the Sussexes return to the United States remains to be seen.
In an excerpt published by The Daily Telegraph of Levin’s new job, she writes that Camilla treated Meghan the same way she treated Kate when she was new to royal life in 2017.
“The Queen Consort knows better than anyone how difficult it is to be accepted into the Royal Family and wanted to help any newcomer,” she said.
“It worked well with Catherine. Camilla helped her get to grips with some of the customs, antiquated protocols and restrictions of royal life.”
“Similarly, Camilla gave Meghan a warm welcome when she came to London,” she continued. “Prince Charles enjoyed talking to her, particularly about theater and the arts. Camilla felt that her experience of dealing with public abuse, insults from the press and coldness from the royal family had left her put in a good position to help Meghan adjust to the restrictions of royal life and was also keen to help Meghan find her feet.”
At the time of her engagement in November 2017, Meghan said the Royals had been “amazing”, with Harry adding that “the family together has been absolutely, you know, strong support”.
Of this period, Levin wrote of Meghan and her future mother-in-law: “They had lunch together and Camilla spent a lot of time offering advice on how to handle the pressure.
“She tried to be supportive, was happy to be her mentor and took her out for private lunches. A source at the time told me, ‘She doesn’t want to see anyone struggle and she loves Meghan.’ “
Despite the positive sentiments expressed in her engagement interview, the author claims that for some reason Meghan seemed “insensitive” to Camilla.
“Meghan, however, seemed bored, unresponsive and preferred to go her own way, with the result that the Queen Consort’s advice landed on stony ground,” she said.
An example of Camilla’s outreach to Meghan provided by Levin is a lunch allegedly held at Highgrove House, King Charles III’s country home, purchased in the 1980s.
“Meghan had a reputation as a hard worker. Her first solo project since joining the Royal Family was to help Together: our community cookbookshowing over 50 recipes from women in the Grenfell community, published a year after the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire,” Levin wrote.
“The Queen Consort and King Charles wanted to show their support and invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and their friend Lucia Santa Cruz, to lunch at Highgrove. Lucia recalled: “By surprise, Camilla went out of her way possible to ensure the lunch consisted only of recipes from Meghan’s cookbook, and that included a very hot salsa. It was a very nice gesture. One that had no impact.”
Since Harry and Meghan walked away from the royal family in 2020, citing lack of support from royals and households in the face of tabloid scrutiny, Camilla has remained quiet about the situation.
It was a method adopted in the 1990s when then-Camilla Parker Bowles faced hatred and criticism for her role in breaking up Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana.
Levin provides just one example of this partially broken silence.