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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is said to have been “wary” of Meghan Markle’s intentions before the American actress became a member of the British royal family.
The claim was made by British author Tom Bower, who has previously written several unauthorized biographies of famous people, such as Prince Charles, Ghislaine Maxwell’s father, Robert Maxwell and Mohamed Al Fayed, among others.
On Monday, Bower told The Sun that Charles’ wife had been “low key” with her opinions of the former “Suits” star.
“From the start, Camilla was wary of the Los Angeles adventurer,” he told the outlet. “She found it hard to believe that Meghan would sacrifice her career and her independence to serve in silence as a dedicated team player to the monarchy.”
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“But, as with all of her conduct, Camilla kept a low profile,” Bower continued. “While watching Charles painfully believe that Harry intended to publicly humiliate him, Camilla undoubtedly provided the comfort and good advice to reassure her husband that he had done his best.”
Bower also alleged that Prince Harry’s stepmother had a private nickname for his wife.
“…Camilla is the type to refer to Meghan as ‘that rascal’ – the selfish troublemaker whose antics will always end in tears,” Bower said.
Bower is reportedly working on a book about Markle.
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Earlier this month, Queen Elizabeth II expressed a “sincere wish” that Camilla, 74, would be known as “Queen Consort” when her eldest son succeeds her as planned on the throne.
It took many in Britain years to forgive Charles, the man whose admitted infidelity caused such pain to his ex-wife, Princess Diana, before her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997. But the public mood softened after Charles, 73, married Camilla Parker. Bowles in 2005, and she became the Duchess of Cornwall.
Although Camilla was instrumental in breaking up Charles’ first marriage, her down-to-earth style and sense of humor ended up winning over many.
Bower noted to the outlet that Markle and Harry, 37, remained silent on the monarch’s announcement.
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“One thinks that [Meghan] never loved Camilla, and I’m sure the feelings are mutual,” he said.
A Buckingham Palace representative did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Markle became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the Duchess. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California.
After stepping down from royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin was before he was born. The Duchess spoke of the intense isolation she felt within the royal family which led her to consider suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “worrying” and would be dealt with privately.
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The name pays homage to the Queen, 95, whose surname is Lilibet, as well as Harry’s late mother.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.