Wed. Jul 17th, 2024

Meghan Markle’s tenure as a senior royal family member had its fair share of ups and downs. The Duchess was very popular among the public. However, things turned ugly as she and Prince Harry left the Firm. Not only did the Sussexes accuse the royal family members of many things, but they have also appeared not to be interested in making amends, according to reports. 

The relationship between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle was seen as one of great importance for the future of the monarchy, but it deteriorated over time. In the meantime, Queen Camilla did her best to help Meghan Markle adjust to royal life. Sadly, everything changed when the Duchess broke a promise to her.

Today, Camilla and Meghan are undoubtedly not close to being somewhere near friends. Now, the queen appears to have gotten her ‘perfect revenge’ on Harry’s wife.

Meghan Markle’s entrance into the royal family was seen as very positive. The royal family not only got a new family member but would surely benefit from the former Suits star’s American background.

The Duchess was popular among the public, but things quickly turned ugly when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the family.

Queen Camilla wanted to help Meghan Markle settle into royal life

When she first entered royal life, it looked like Meghan and the rest of the family got along great. That included her relationship with Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton, but Camilla was another family member she came very close with.

Meghan Markle and Queen Camilla had one major thing in common. Both had married into the royal family, instantly creating a strong bond. Reports suggested that because of this, they agreed to show respect to each other, including in the workplace.

Camilla did her best to help Meghan Markle adjust to royal life. Shortly before her wedding to Harry, the former Parker-Bowles invited her to a private lunch, sharing how she was treated by the press after Princess Diana’s death, as well as how he coped with the pressure.

Moreover, Camilla told Meghan that she should focus on the positive sides of her role within the royal family and “ride out the storm if negative press would occur,” according to the Daily Mail.

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Charles was said to have offered similar advice to Harry.

Queen Camilla “was very sensitive to Meghan,” friend says

However, Meghan appeared to feel differently. In an ITV documentary, she claimed that people didn’t care about her well-being, saying, “Not many people have asked if I’m OK.”

“Meg was really grateful to Camilla who was very supportive and invited her out for private lunches, particularly around the time of her marriage,” a friend of Meghan Markle’s told the Daily Mail. “She listened to her and understood that it’s really difficult joining the Royal Family from an otherwise ‘normal’ life.”

The friend added, “Much like Meghan, Camilla had experienced a lot of negative press and hostility from courtiers due to her relationship with Charles when he was still married to Diana”

“She was very sensitive to Meghan and provided her with support, advising her to ride out the storm and that it would all pass – but ultimately Meghan didn’t listen”

Meanwhile, a palace aid told the British newspaper that Camilla understood what it was like coming from a “normal life,” and suddenly found themselves in the world of the royal family.

“As a consequence, she tries very hard to make people welcome and help them find their feet, and has done so for many years;” the palace source said.

“Her consciously offering to mentor and guide is something that she really does try and do. That applies to many people, not just the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined Camilla for their first official engagement in November 2019. It was just weeks after the Sussexes had begun planning their royal exit, and, as per Vanity Fair, Camilla had shown great support for the couple at the time.

“She doesn’t want to see anyone struggling, and she is fond of Meghan,” a source said.

Camilla was left upset after Meghan Markle ‘stole the spotlight’

As mentioned, Queen Camilla had a unique position when it came to understanding and emphasizing with Meghan Markle because not only of their background of marrying into the royal family, but also about the negative press.

She helped advise Meghan as Charles helped Harry. But in the end, Meghan did something that left Camilla very upset.

In 2020, Camilla was scheduled to attend the 10th Anniversary of the Women of the World festival. There, she was to deliver a speech, and it was reported that Meghan promised not to stand in the spotlight.

The Mirror reported that Camilla and her team had planned the event for over a year. But once there, Meghan stole the spotlight, which upset Camilla.

“Camilla’s work is very important to her and her decision to highlight the scourge of domestic violence at the 10th ­anniversary of Women of the World was a carefully thought-out plan,” a royal insider said.

“Of course it was known Harry and Meghan would be doing engagements this week, some privately, but everyone was in agreement that Camilla’s speech should take p­recedence. ­Unfortunately some people had other ideas.”

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Meghan Markle was accused of stealing the spotlight from Camilla by releasing pictures of herself at the event the same day. As per the Daily Mail, Buckingham Palace had urged royal correspondents to focus on Camilla and not Meghan, but that didn’t happen.

Queen Camilla’s “perfect revenge” on Meghan Markle

Camilla and Meghan didn’t end on a good note when the Sussexes left the royal family. Considering that Camilla reportedly asked Harry to leave the meeting with his father, King Charles, after he had received the cancer diagnosis tells quite the story. 

But now, Camilla has gotten her revenge on Meghan, at least from that royal engagement in 2020.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a massive deal with Spotify years ago. However, the deal ended in a fiasco, as Meghan Markle’s Archetypes podcast was shut down, and their entire Spotify deal was canceled.

In the meantime, Queen Camilla is making quite the name for herself in the podcast world. In 2021, she launched a new initiative called The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room, a book club about reading recommendations and more.

It was founded during the pandemic and became a huge success.

“I think I’d like it to be something that everybody could delve into and find something that suited them and enjoy it,” Camilla said. “I just think it’s because I love reading myself I think a lot of other people also get a huge amount of pleasure from it.”

Now, the correct name should be The Queen’s Reading Room, and on June 8, the Queen’s Reading Room Festival will have a one-day event at Hampton Court Palace.

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According to The Sun, the event will be “bigger and better” than the inaugural event last year and will “gather authors, experts, actors and literature lovers for a day celebrating the written word.”

“Camilla’s podcast has been a great success. She has proven many times over she can bring in any of the big names from the world of the arts she wants,” Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine Ingrid Seward told The Sun.

“Given Meghan’s apparent disinterest in Queen Camilla, I doubt if she has a nice word to say about her or her podcast.”

“Meghan in particular will be livid”

According to Denise Palmer Davies, brand expert and director of Borne Media, Camilla’s success is the “perfect revenge” on Meghan.

“After all the hurtful things Harry has said about Camilla, she has finally got her own back on them, she told The Sun. “I bet Meghan in particular will be livid over the whole thing, and probably a bit embarrassed that hers fell at the first hurdle.”

So, would Camilla ever publicly say something about Meghan – or Harry? According to Ingrid Seward, the Queen is “far too polite” to speak out.

“I don’t think Camilla has the time or inclination to feel anything much about Meghan,” she told The Sun. “She is confident and comfortable in herself and would see no necessity to give Meghan or what she is doing or saying a second thought.”

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