The Princess of Wales Apparently Refused to Curtsy to Queen Camilla at the Coronation

“That obvious insult raised eyebrows big-time.”

Kate Middleton at the Coronation
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If certain reports are to be believed, the Princess of Wales and Queen Camilla are in an ongoing grudge match, and this was the reason why Kate refused to curtsy to Camilla as the newly crowned Queen passed by her at the Coronation, OK reports.

“That obvious insult raised eyebrows big-time,” a source says. “Apparently, Kate was seething over commands Camilla made about Coronation guests and decided to make her angry feelings very obvious.”

The Princess of Wales at the Coronation

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According to the same source, Kate was annoyed that she was only allowed to invite four family members to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey—her father, Michael, her mother, Carole, and younger siblings Pippa and James—as opposed to Camilla, who had 20 guests of her own. (In all fairness, this was more of Camilla’s big day than Kate’s, who will eventually be crowned alongside her husband, Prince William, in due course.)

OK reports “adding insult to injury, the new Queen invited longtime friend Rose Hanbury, the woman Prince William was accused of having an affair with.” The insider says “William’s affair was vehemently denied, but damage was done and his marriage to Kate suffered. By inviting Rose, Camilla was going for the jugular.” 

Queen Camilla at the Coronation

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The outlet reports that Camilla has been “consumed with jealousy” since the day Kate joined the royal family, which is why she has “relentlessly attacked” the Princess of Wales over the years. And, though Kate may “project an easygoing public image, handling difficult situations and people without a misstep, behind her dazzling smile she’s no pushover, especially when it comes to royal politics,” the source says.

Queen Camilla and Kate Middleton at the Platinum Jubilee

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OK reports that the outward feud may just be beginning, as apparently Kate hid her true feelings about her stepmother-in-law until after Her late Majesty’s death in September of last year.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.