Queen Camilla is still reeling about Prince Harry’s portrayal of her in his bestselling memoir, Spare, released earlier this year to much fanfare. At Royal Ascot this week, per OK, the gossip in the royal enclosure centered around Harry and Meghan—and in particular, Camilla’s grudge against the couple.
“According to Camilla’s friends, the mother-of-two ‘remains furious’ at Harry for calling her a ‘wicked stepmother’ in his memoir, Spare,” the outlet reports. “His cutting words are why she prefers to keep her distance from the parents-of-two.”
A source said “Camilla tells Charles they make her uncomfortable, and Charles loves her unconditionally—he made her queen and will choose her well-being over them any time. Camilla knows not to go too far, as Charles still loves Harry. Everyone blames Meghan for the entire mess.”
OK reports that Meghan isn’t the only stepdaughter-in-law Camilla is at odds with, though. The outlet writes “she allegedly is still not on great terms with Kate Middleton. That was made clear when the brunette beauty refrained from curtsying to the newly minted queen at the May Coronation.”
An insider said at the time “That obvious insult raised eyebrows big-time. Apparently, Kate was seething over commands Camilla made about Coronation guests and decided to make her angry feelings very obvious.”
Another source claims the two women’s tension began shortly after Her late Majesty’s death last September, “as she [Camilla] went on a power trip after being named Queen Consort by the late monarch,” OK reports.
“Camilla’s lifelong dream of becoming queen had gone straight to her head,” a source said. “She started throwing her weight around, making it clear who was boss and demanding that everyone bow down to her. [Kate] was frankly disgusted by Camilla’s behavior.”
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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.
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