Camilla and Meghan ‘clearly really liked each other’ before Sussexes’ row with Palace

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Camilla was one of the few senior royals who was not specifically mentioned in Meghan’s “tell-all” interview with Oprah Winfrey, which ITV aired last week. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of damning accusations against the Palace and its senior members during the jaw-dropping “intimate conversation”. Prince William, Prince Charles and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, were all in the firing line — but Harry’s stepmother, Camilla, was left out of the entire interview.

This may be down to Camilla’s close relationship with Meghan.

Back in 2018 — just months after the Sussexes tied the knot — a close family friend told Vanity Fair that the two women got along “aces”.

They continued: “They clearly really like each other. There is real warmth and support. Camilla has been very helpful to Meghan.”

Charles and Camilla’s presence on the Sussexes’ wedding day was said to be “very much felt and appreciated” as well.

An attendee claimed: “He [Charles] seemed like the settling hand on the whole day — he carried the thing together, while she [Camilla] seemed like she had been doing this forever.”

Like Meghan, Camilla has faced her own share of negative backlash, especially it emerged that she had been having an affair with Charles from 1986.

She was married to Andrew Parker Bowles at the time while Charles was less than halfway through his marriage to the nation’s sweetheart, Princess Diana.

However, she had managed to change her public image completely by the time she walked down the aisle to marry Charles in 2005.

Sources close to Meghan also alleged that Camilla had taken the royal newcomer to private lunches and offered her advice on how to cope with the pressure of being a royal, having had such a tumultuous start herself.

In November 2019 — after the Duchess of Sussex admitted she was “not OK” to ITV — Camilla was reportedly supporting Meghan behind the scenes.

A source told Vanity Fair: “She doesn’t want to see anyone struggling, and she is fond of Meghan.”

An aide also told the Mail: “The Duchess of Cornwall does understand what it’s like to come from a normal life and then land in the completely extraordinary world that the Royal Family exists in.

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

“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.”

However, just a few months later, the Sussexes announced they would be stepping back from the Firm.

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A friend told the Mail on Sunday: “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 pass.”

However, the friend added: “Ultimately Meghan didn’t listen.”

The Sussexes blamed much of their departure on the press and the coverage they received when living in the UK, during their interview with Oprah — showing that they ignored the supposed advice they received from Charles and Camilla.

Yet, as Erin Vanderhoof wrote in Vanity Fair: “If Meghan didn’t listen to Camilla, it might be because Harry learned a different lesson from the Nineties than his father and stepmother.”

The Duke of Sussex has often compared his wife to his mother and how she struggled with intense media scrutiny during her time in the public eye.

Neither Harry nor Meghan have mentioned any communication with Camilla since leaving the royal frontline officially last March.

Oprah With Meghan and Harry is available on the ITV Hub.

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