Duchess of Cornwall feared ‘that minx’ Meghan Markle was ‘a self-seeking troublemaker’ who would not ‘sacrifice career to silently serve’ the monarchy, royal biographer claims
Meghan Markle, 40, was branded ‘that minx’ by the Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla ‘found it hard to believe’ the Duchess of Sussex would ‘silently serve’
Royal biographer Tom Bower has claimed the two women never saw eye-to-eye
Added Camilla thought the former actress was ‘a self-seeking troublemaker’
Meghan Markle was branded ‘that minx’ by the Duchess of Cornwall, who thought she was ‘a self-seeking troublemaker’, a royal biographer has claimed.
The 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 the Duchess of Cornwall, according to Tom Bower.
The commentator, who is currently working on a biography of Meghan, has said Camilla was long ‘suspicious’ of the Duchess’ intentions.
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.’
In an announcement to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last week, Her Majesty spoke of her ‘sincere wish’ that when the time comes, the Duchess of Cornwall will be known as Queen Consort, not Princess Consort, as announced on her marriage to the Prince of Wales.
William was said to be ‘supportive’ of the move and ‘respectful’ of the logic behind his grandmother’s decision.
Meanwhile Prince Harry and Meghan have not offered any public word. When he did break his silence four days later from California, there was no mention of his stepmother, or the proposed change to her status.
Instead, he paid a lavish tribute to Diana, praising her work on Aids and HIV and explaining that he felt an ‘obligation’ to continue his late mother’s efforts to remove the stigma surrounding the virus. Pointedly, he said: ‘I could never fill her shoes.’
It’s a sharp change from Harry’s previous comments on the Duchess of Cornwall.
During an interview to mark his 21st birthday in September 2005, he said he and William ‘loved her to bits’.
He went on: ‘She’s a wonderful woman and she’s made our father very, very happy, which is the most important thing.’
Warming to his theme, he added: ‘Look at the position she’s come into. Don’t always feel sorry for me and William, feel sorry for her. We are grateful for her . . . we’re very happy to have her around.’
Should there have been any lingering doubts about the brothers’ feelings for the duchess, who had married their father five months earlier, Harry emphasised: ‘To be honest, she’s always been very close to me and William. But no, she’s not the wicked stepmother, I’ll say that right now.’