Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall‘s children aren’t in the spotlight as much as Prince William and Prince Harry. Some though may recognize the duchess‘s son, Tom Parker Bowles, from his appearances on a few cooking shows including MasterChef.
Tom recently spoke to a publication about his mother and Prince Charles when talk turned to his stepbrother, Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Here’s what Tom had to say about the drama between the royal family and the Sussexes.
Who is Tom Parker Bowles?
Tom is the only son of Camilla and her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles. He is a food critic and author of several cookbooks.
“I loved eating and could just about string a sentence together, so I thought I could write about food,” Tom previously said about how he chose his career.
Tom married Sarah Buys in 2005 and they had two children together. They separated in 2018 and he began dating former journalist Alice Procope who he was with for almost two years before she died of cancer on March 17, 2021.
He is close with his stepdad Prince Charles
Tom has stated that he is close with his stepfather and told The Times that his kids call the Prince of Wales “Umpa.”
The restaurant critic has talked about his relationship with Charles in the past as well and said that he is delighted at how happy the prince makes his mom.
“All you care about with your parents is they’re happy and my mother is exceptionally happy. I’ve always adored my stepfather; he’s always been a kind and good and lovely man,” Tom explained (per Hello!). “He is a man of warmth, intelligence, and humanity and I think if it ever happens, he will make a fantastic king.”
What Tom said about the royal family and the Sussexes’ drama
Tom was also asked about all the drama involving the royal family and the Sussexes following the duke and duchess’s explosive interview in which they claimed they weren’t treated fairly when they were senior royals.
“I stay out of that,” Tom said. “That’s nothing to do with me.”
He added that he did not watch Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey but thinks that everyone will be able to work through things one day saying: “Families are never easy but they’ll work it out in the end.”