The Duchess of Sussex was ‘unresponsive’ to Queen Consort Camilla’s advice to her when she first joined The Firm, a royal book has claimed.
A new biography of the Queen Consort, written by Angela Levin, claims the then-Duchess of Cornwall organised lunches with Meghan and did her best to welcome her into the family – but her advice fell flat with an ‘unresponsive’ Meghan.
An extract of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: A Royal Survivor, which was published in the Telegraph, Levin claims Camilla was keen to help Meghan at the beginning of her relationship with Harry after herself struggling to be accepted by the Royal Family, and ‘warmly’ welcomed her when she first arrived in London.
A biography of the Queen Consort Camilla, written by Angela Levin, claims the then-Duchess of Cornwall was keen to welcome Meghan into the family (Meghan and Queen Consort Camilla at the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday)
Levin claimed Meghan was ‘unresponsive’ to Camilla’s efforts to advise her on the increased scrutiny she would receive as a senior member of the Royal Family (pictured: King Charles, Queen Consort, Harry and Meghan at Charles’s 70th birthday)
Levin added King Charles, who was then Prince of Wales, enjoyed Meghan’s company and often spoke to her about theatre and the arts.
In an attempt to help the Duchess of Sussex ‘find her feet’, the Queen Consort advised her on how to handle the pressure of being in the public eye and the scrutiny she would face as a senior member of the Royal Family.
Levin quoted an unnamed source who told her at the time: ‘She doesn’t want to see anyone struggling and she is fond of Meghan.’
Despite Camilla’s efforts, Levin claimed the Duchess ‘seemed bored’ and ‘preferred to go her own way’ in carving out a role for herself within The Firm.
The author also acknowledged the Duchess of Sussex’s reputation within the family for being an incredibly hard worker, noting the cookbook she made contributions to which had been put together by survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.
A royal book has claimed Harry suggested bringing in a mediator to heal the rift within the royal family, to which Queen Consort Camilla ‘spat out her tea’. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla at the Queen’s funeral on Monday
Paying tribute to Meghan’s work with the Grenfell community, Levin noted how the Queen Consort invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, plus Camilla’s friend Lucia Santa Cruz, to lunch at Highgrove, and made sure the menu had been cultivated specifically from recipes in the Grenfell Tower cookbook – which Lucia described as ‘a really nice gesture’.
The account detailed by Levin comes as another royal book claims the Queen Consort ‘spluttered over her tea’ when Prince Harry suggested bringing in a third-party mediator to heal the rift between himself and Meghan and the rest of the family.
In The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, by Katie Nicholl, which has been serialised in Vanity Fair, Nicholl wrote how relations between the Duke and Duchess and the rest of the family were most strained after Harry and Meghan did not come to the UK in March 2021 to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service.
At the time, reports claimed Harry had concerns over his family’s security arrangements while in the UK.
Nicholl wrote that King Charles, who was then Prince of Wales, invited Harry and Meghan to tea just weeks after the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, as the couple stopped off in the UK before heading to The Hague to attend an Invictus Games event.
However, an unnamed family friend told Nicholl the meeting was ‘awkward’ and only lasted for around 15 minutes after the Duke and Duchess were late to meet then-Prince Charles and then-Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla.
They claimed: ‘[Harry] actually suggested that they use a mediator to try and sort things out, which had Charles somewhat bemused and Camilla spluttering into her tea.’
They added the Queen Consort told the Duke his suggestion was ‘ridiculous’ and that they would resolve their differences within the family.