Royal Biographer Angela Levin has claimed Prince Harry has been ‘nasty’ about Queen Consort Camilla, and the hit Netflix series The Crown was ‘cruel’ to her.
The author sat down with Lorraine stand-in host Christine Lampard to talk candidly about the Queen Consort, following the release of her new biography Camilla, From Outcast to Future Queen Consort.
Angela said: ‘I wanted to do this book so people get to know Camilla, The Crown was cruel to her and Prince Harry has said some nasty things about her too.’
Christine Lampard drew comparisons with the late Princess Diana saying ‘people didn’t like Camilla because they loved Diana so much’. Above, King Charles with the Queen Consort pictured this month at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service
Angela Levin, journalist and Royal Biographer said that The Crown has been ‘cruel’ to Queen consort Camilla on ITV’s Lorraine and also touched on Prince Harry’s feeling toward his step-mother
Angela claimed Prince Harry had made ‘nasty’ comments about the Queen Consort as she promoted her new biography. Pictured, the Prince with wife Meghan during a walkabout in Windsor following the Queen’s death
In The Crown, Camilla says she’s just a mistress to the Prince of Wales, like her great grandmother, Alice Keppel who was mistress to King Edward VII who is King Charles’ great-great grandfather.
Charles confirms Edward loved Alice in the series, but it focuses more on Diana’s torment during the marriage.
The biographer, who has penned nine non-fiction books, focusing on senior members of the royal family, claims that depictions of the Queen Consort have been unfair, stating that ‘the more you get to know her the more you like her’.
She sourced people who would go on record about the royal, those who had worked with her throughout her various charity pursuits, members of staff and friends in a bid to make the book as plausible as possible.
Angela also revealed that Camilla invited her to meet the Queen, in a subtle move to show her, that ‘despite rumours the pair had a close bond’.
Host Christine Lampard said: ‘It obviously hasn’t always been plain sailing, a lot of people disliked Camilla because they loved Diana so much.’
Angela Levin claimed Netflix series The Crown was ‘cruel’ to the Queen Consort. Pictured, Emerald Fennell as Camilla in series four
Angela agreed, saying: ‘Yes, they met when Charles was 24 and he wasn’t sure if he wanted to settle down – and he also knew that his parents wouldn’t approve.
‘He knew that the first in line to the throne would need to marry within the aristocracy and someone who was a virgin.
‘Camilla was aristocracy but not to the highest level – and she had been in relationships previously.
‘They got on well, but Charles knew he would get in trouble.’
Despite rumours to the contrary the Queen and the then Duchess of Cornwall now Queen Consort Camilla ‘had a close bond’ with one another and shared a love of horses, something Angela Levin witnessed when she was invited to meet the pair at Buckingham Palace, pictured at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in 2013 with King Charles
Angela also spoke about the Queen consort’s behind the scenes charity work, and said her approach is ‘perfect for Charles’.
She said: ‘Camilla doesn’t seek out the spotlight, which is perfect for Charles because he won’t get jealous like with his previous wife.
‘She does a lot of charity work with causes like domestic violence, rape and of course her book club which started during the pandemic.
‘There are a lot of people who now love reading due to her efforts.’
The cover of Angela Levin’s new book Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort which retails at £20.99
The author then told about the time Camilla invited her over, saying she had a ‘surprise for her’.
Angela said: ‘I got the call to meet the Duchess and of course I dropped everything. She said she had a surprise for me, but not to get upset if it didn’t happen – I didn’t know what it was, I thought it could be a box of chocolates!
‘I arrived and Buckingham palace and Camilla was there with the Queen – and they took me to the stables where an 80-year-old horse expert was.
‘He was supposedly meant to have the ability to make a horse that has never been ridden before ridable after 20 minutes.
‘But more importantly, without saying a word Camilla showed me that her and the Queen shared a close bond – which was obvious through their shared love of horses and the way they talked and laughed.
‘I can’t imagine anyone else going out of their way like that to make my life easier, and it gave me a positive story to work with.
‘There were rumours her and the Queen didn’t get on – but I could see that wasn’t correct.’
Christine said: ‘This book will give us interesting insight in someone we know but also don’t know very well.’
Angela said: ‘The more you get to know her, the more you like her.’