The Duchess of Cornwall ‘threw out a hand of friendship’ to Meghan Markle and ‘helped’ when she was having a ‘difficult time’ with her father, a royal expert has claimed. In recent months, reports have emerged Duchess of Sussex, 40, who is currently living in her $14 million mansion in California having stepped back from royal duty last year, never saw eye-to-eye with Camilla.
However Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl has now revealed how the ‘family-orientated’ Duchess of Cornwall attempted to help Meghan during her time as a senior royal. An insider speaking to the royal expert commented: ‘[The Duchess] she threw a hand of friendship out to Harry and Meghan at various points. When Meghan was going through a difficult time with her own father, Camilla helped navigate things.’
They continued: ‘It was Camilla who told Charles that walking Meghan up the aisle was the right thing to do. ‘She’s a very family-oriented woman, and she really wanted to help.’
Camilla’s own family was described by Nicholl as her ‘nucleus’, who said her ‘family first motto’ has rubbed off on Prince Charles.
Sources explained how the Duchess of Cornwall had been ‘instrumental’ in trying to help heal the ‘fractured relationship’ between the Prince of Wales and Prince Harry.
One insider added: ‘I know that Camilla did her best and was a tremendous sounding post and support for Charles, who was deeply troubled.’
The comments have emerged after Princess Diana’s biographer Tina Brown claimed the Duke of Sussex ‘can’t stand’ Camilla and might deepen his rift with the royal family by ‘going after’ her and Prince Charles in his upcoming memoirs. Speaking to the Telegraph Magazine ahead of the release of her new book, The Palace Papers, Brown, 68, said the Duke had never made his peace with Prince Charles and Camilla’s relationship, and does not want Camilla to become Queen.
Meanwhile royal biographer Tom Bower has also claimed Meghan was branded ‘that minx’ by the Duchess of Cornwall, who thought she was ‘a self-seeking troublemaker’.
The commentator, who is currently working on a biography of Meghan, has said Camilla was long ‘suspicious’ of the Duchess’ intentions.
Earlier this year, he told The Sun the duo never got along, explaining: ‘[Camilla] found it hard to believe that Meghan would sacrifice her career and independence to serve silently as a team player devoted to the monarchy.’ However he added that the Duchess remained ‘tight lipped’ about her dislike for Meghan. Tom said that Camilla acted as a ‘comfort’ to Prince Charles after the Sussexes gave a series of explosive interviews last year.
He added: ‘During those inevitably endless, tortured and inconclusive conversations, Camilla is the sort who would refer to Meghan as ‘that minx’ — the self-seeking trouble- maker whose antics will always end in tears.’ Meanwhile the royal biographer suggested the Duke and Duchess’ silence over the Queen’s declaration that Camilla would one day by Queen Consort was ‘Meghan’s way of declaring war.’