Queen Camilla is the subject of a new book — Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort — by royal author Angela Levin, who has pored over the life of the newly appointed Queen consort. Ms Levin discussed at length Camilla’s relationship with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex — and shared some interesting insight on a rumour that Camilla had dubbed Meghan “that minx” amid her and Prince Harry’s departure from royal life.
Meghan and Harry’s decision to remove themselves from life as working royals sparked endless speculation about the true nature of familial relations within the Firm. Some insisted the move was a snub to the Queen herself, while others said that senior royals – including Camilla and Charles, then Prince of Wales — were less than pleased with the move.
So much so, that another royal author, Tom Bower, told the Sun that Camilla had called Meghan a “minx” during the conversations within the family that lead to Meghan and Harry’s departure.
He said: “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.”
Ms Levin, however, argues that this could not be true, despite the huge publicity the remark got at the time. She wrote: “Although the relationship between Camilla and William, Catherine, Harry and Meghan was amicable, members of the Royal Family are kept very busy and it’s not unusual for them to not to see each other for weeks or months at a time.
“It was a shock when, in January 2020, Harry and Meghan stepped away from their senior positions in the Royal Family. Camilla behaved as she did when she was verbally attacked in the Nineties. This was to avoid talking about it and and concentrating on supporting Prince Charles.
“One journalist told The Sun newspaper that Camilla is ‘the sort who would refer to Meghan as that minx, which soon became regarded as a fact rather than speculation.”
She went on: “Several insiders said Camilla wouldn’t and hadn’t ever talked like that about anyone. I was told: ‘It’s not her sort of word and she would never give her views of her in front of anyone.'”
Ms Levin’s new book also recalls a time when Camilla went out of her way to use her own experience of being an outsider new to the Royal Family, particularly in the early days of Meghan’s time in the UK.
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She noted how the Queen consort had previously helped Prince William’s wife Kate, Princess of Wales, with “familiarising herself with some of the customs, antiquated protocols and restrictions of royal life”.
This included a girls-only lunch where Kate, her sister Pippa, and Camilla’s daughter Laura enjoyed a meal at the Berkeley Hotel’s restaurant in Knightsbridge, London. Camilla’s “exceptional warmth” touched Kate that day, Ms Levin noted.
Ms Levin added: “Prince Charles enjoyed talking to [Meghan], especially about the theatre and arts. Camilla felt the experience she had from 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.
“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 struggling and she is fond of Meghan.’
“Meghan, however, seemed bored, was unresponsive and preferred to go her own way, with the result that the Queen’s Consort’s advice landed on stony ground.”
Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort, published by Simon & Schuster UK, is available here.