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Camilla Has Been a “Pillar of Support” to Harry and Meghan – Fox News

November 7, 2019


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are only making their first official engagement alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall this week, but royal sources say Camilla has been a “pillar of support” to the couple as they face the fallout from their recent documentary, in which Meghan said the ongoing press scrutiny meant she was “existing, not living ” “I think Camilla was probably just as surprised as anyone else when the documentary came out and perhaps didn’t realise how much Harry and Meghan were suffering,” said a source “She wants everyone to get along and be happy. Her mantra is carry on and keep smiling She doesn’t want to see anyone struggling and she is fond of Meghan and she could be a very good ally too ” The trio will attend the Field of Remembrance Service at Westminster Abbey on Thursday, to honour British servicemen who died in battle While it is not known what Charles and Camilla thought of the documentary – which is said to have rattled some senior aides and members of the royal household – Camilla is understood to have been in touch with the couple  She is known for sensibly steering clear of family politics and not getting involved in William and Harry’s personal lives, but Camilla is also known—and liked —at the palace for her genuine and compassionate nature According to royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith, she is also in a unique position to advise and even help Meghan, as someone else who married into the royal family and faced more than her fair share of media scrutiny  “I think Camilla can easily empathise with Meghan because of what she went through in the media,” said Smith “At one stage, no one was more beleaguered by the tabloids than Camilla, but she was shrewd enough to know that antagonism would get her nowhere ” Camilla was famously embroiled in the fallout from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s divorce, and was targeted by the media when tapes of her phone calls with Charles were leaked to the press in 1993 Their relationship survived, though, and Camilla has been an active working royal since marrying Charles in 2005 “Meghan could learn an enormous amount from Camilla,” Smith continued. “I think Camilla is genuinely a kind person and while there are many differences between the two of them, they have both been on the receiving end of some very negative press The thing Camilla learned was how to cultivate a relationship with the press. I have watched her talk to reporters, be friendly with the photographers and win over the tabloids who had once tried to ruin her ” In the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired last month, Meghan revealed how her British friends advised her against marrying Harry because the British tabloids would destroy her She also seemed to hint that she had not been supported during her first year of marriage into the royal family When interviewer Tom Bradby asked how she was feeling she thanked him, “because not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes ” That comment has apparently stung some members of the family.Charles, who has a close relationship with Harry and Meghan, has made an effort to maintain a close relationship with the couple and invited the newlyweds on holiday to Scotland with him last year  Kate is also understood to have been in contact with Meghan since the documentary aired and behind the scenes is said to be doing her best to forge a better relationship between the two couples after Harry appeared to confirm the ongoing rumours of a rift between him and William, telling Bradby that they were “on separate paths ” On Sunday the erstwhile Fab Four will be together for the first time since the documentary aired at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, their first joint appearance since they were photographed at a polo match in the summer More Great Stories from Vanity Fair — An exclusive look at Find Me, André Aciman’s follow-up to Call Me by Your Name— What really happened when NBC killed its Harvey Weinstein story— Kate Middleton and Prince William paid homage to Princess Diana on their royal tour— Saturday Night Live’s most hilarious Democratic candidate impression— Angelina Jolie reinvents herself on the red carpet— From the Archive: Was this relationship the reason Diana fell in love with Pakistan? Looking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss a story Most Popular “The Mask Will Probably Fall”: In A Warning, Clues About AnonymousBy Joe Pompeo Spurned by Trump, Giuliani Crony Lev Parnas Flips on ImpeachmentBy Alison Durkee Quid Pro D’Oh: Trump Ambassador Suddenly Remembers Extorting UkraineBy Bess Levin

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