Camilla Parker Bowles Is the ‘Ideal’ Mother-In-Law to Meghan Markle, Royal Commentator Says

Getting along with in-laws is a big part of marriage and something Meghan, Duchess of Sussex knows all about. She reportedly has a good relationship with her father-in-law, Charles, Prince of Wales. The same goes for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex’s stepmother. Ahead, find out why a royal commentator says Camilla is the “idea” mother-in-law to the Duchess of Sussex. 

Camilla Parker Bowles officially became Meghan Markle’s mother-in-law in May 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan tied the knot on May 19, 2018, with a highly publicized royal wedding at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. And, of course, Camilla and Charles were there to support the couple. Charles even walked Meghan down the aisle when her father, Thomas Markle, couldn’t attend the ceremony. 

Before the royal wedding, Meghan had been getting to know her future in-laws behind closed doors. So, by the time the ceremony came around she already knew Charles and Camilla quite well. But the Duchess of Cornwall reportedly made an extra effort to make Meghan feel like part of the royal family, an effort that continued even after the 38-year-old became the Duchess of Sussex. 

She reportedly went ‘out of her way to’ make Meghan Markle ‘feel welcome’

According to the Daily Mail’s Angela Levin, the Duchess of Cornwall went above and beyond making her new daughter-in-law feel like part of the royal family or The Firm. Levin went so far as to call Camilla the “idea mother-in-law” in a Nov. 2018 article. 

According to Levin, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cornwall get along not just because they both married into the royal family as outsiders but because Camilla made a big effort to make Meghan feel welcome. 

Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle attend the Prince Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration on May 22, 2018
Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle attend the Prince Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration on May 22, 2018 | Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“Camilla gets on very well with [Meghan] too. Not least because both of them have joined the Royal Family from the outside,” Levin wrote. “Camilla goes out of her way to find time to spend with Meghan, to get to know her and make her feel welcome. She’s the ideal mother-in-law.”

Royalty or not, any individual marrying into a new family knows how comforting it is to be welcomed with open arms. Surely, the Duchess of Sussex appreciated how welcoming and friendly Camilla had been when she first joined the royal family. They giggled together at Meghan’s first official engagement following her and Harry’s royal wedding and could be seen chatting at other events

Camilla Parker Bowles supported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal exit

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the stunning decision to step down as senior members of the royal family in Jan. 2020, the Duchess of Cornwall reportedly stood by them. She may have even encouraged them to take a step back from the harsh glare of the royal spotlight. 

In the aftermath of Harry and Meghan’s decision to spend more time in Canada, anonymous sources claimed the Duchess of Cornwall had been a sounding board for Meghan, someone she could confide in. The sources claimed Camilla encouraged Meghan to the leave the royal family. 

Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle stand behind Queen Elizabeth II at the Centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018
Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle stand behind Queen Elizabeth II at the Centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

“She knew this was in the works and actually told Meghan to follow her heart and leave if she needed to,” the source said. 

This isn’t confirmed but it does make sense considering Camilla and Meghan are said to be close. Not  to mention, the Duchess of Cornwall has weathered many royal scandals over the years. 

We’ll have to wait and see how Meghan and Harry’s relocation to Canada impacts the Duchess of Cornwall’s relationship with Meghan and whether or not they become even closer as a result.