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Meghan Markle ignored advice from the Duchess of Cornwall on how to be Royal, it has been reported.
Camilla Parker Bowles invited the 39-year-old American to a private lunch before her wedding to Prince Harry to share some tips she'd picked up after years of unflattering media coverage, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Her affair with Prince Charles was covered widely by both Brit and international outlets and their relationship continued to receive harsh scrutiny long after Princess Diana 's death in 1997.
It's understood Camilla advised Meghan to focus on the positives of life as a new Royal, and to "ride out the storm" of inevitable unfavourable stories.
However just a couple of years later Meghan complained she hadn't been supported by the Royal Family.
"Not many people have asked if I'm okay," she famously said in an interview with ITV last October.
A friend of Meghan's told the Mail on Sunday: "Meg was really grateful to Camilla who was very supportive and invited her out for private lunches, particularly around the time of her marriage.
"She listened to her and understood that it's really difficult joining the Royal Family from an otherwise 'normal' life.
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"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."
Rather than "ride out the storm" of negative coverage, Meghan and Harry have lashed out at the media multiple times to complain about unflattering stories.
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Meghan wasn't the only one offered expert advice from Camilla as a new addition to the Royal Family.
The Duchess took Kate Middleton out for a similar lunch around the time she married Prince William in 2011.
A palace aide said: "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 exist 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."
The relationship between the two younger Duchesses has been the subject of scrutiny over the years.
Bestselling royal biography Finding Freedom claimed Meghan felt "snubbed" by Kate, and the relationship between the Sussexes and Cambridges has grown so cold they're now barely on speaking terms.
- Royal Family
- Meghan Markle
- Camilla Parker Bowles
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