Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visibly held the new Duchess of Sussex’s hand in a royal engagement days after the wedding which shows a heartfelt affection for Meghan, says royal expert Andrew Morton. Camilla’s gesture at a celebration held for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday at Buckingham Palace, where she grasped Meghan’s hand as they said goodbye, indicates an acceptance from the Royal Family, Mr Morton claims.
Mr Morton explains that this small action showed “genuine affection” for the new Duchess in his updated biography, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.
He analyses this event of the “22 May 2018, when the Duchess of Cornwall, the future queen consort, held the hand of the new Duchess of Sussex during a garden party to celebrate Prince Charles’s seventieth birthday at Buckingham Palace.”
He describes how “this royal gesture was a sign of how quickly the American actor had been accepted and treated with genuine affection by the Royal Family”.
He added: “On that day, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who had previously advised Kate Middleton on the finer points of protocol during her royal apprenticeship, was, without saying a word, signalling to the watching world that Meghan was now ‘one of us.’”
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Camilla is the next consort to the king, as her husband, Prince Charles, is next in line to the throne.
However, her place in the Royal Family has not always proved an easy one, as debate has followed the Duchess of Cornwall since she married Prince Charles in 2005.
There is some uncertainty over which title she will have once Prince Charles ascends the throne, with some expecting Camilla to become Princess Consort.
Although the wives of reigning monarchs would typically become Queen Consorts, many believe she will not hold this title as a display of respect to the late Princess Diana.
In the wake of their quitting as senior royals, Harry and Meghan took to the small screen to tell their side of the story in a bombshell interview with American host Oprah Winfrey.
The interview, broadcast globally in March 2021, left many shocked with their claims and the Royal Family reeling.
The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey that there had been conversations about how “dark” her son, Archie, would be when he was born.
Meghan claimed: “In those months when I was pregnant [there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born.”
She continued that it was her husband, Prince Harry, who had heard these conversations, and then passed the information to her.
Both the Duke and Duchess refused to divulge which member of the Royal Family had made those remarks.
Prince Harry said: “That conversation, I am never going to share.”
The couple also made several explosive claims about how Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, reduced Meghan to tears, and that despite crying out for help, Meghan was left on the verge of suicide after joining the Royal Family.