Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles Are Actually Best Friends

Meghan Markle already fits in seamlessly with the British royal family; it’s like she’s been a part of the House of Windsor for decades. Throughout Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement, many people were concerned about how the prince’s family would welcome the former actress into the royal fold. Not only did Markle’s former profession raise eyebrows, the mix-raced American had also been previously married.

However, all of those fears were unfounded. From Queen Elizabeth II downward, all of the royals welcomed Markle with open arms. As the Duchess of Sussex prepared to tie the knot, she also had one huge advocate in her corner. Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry’s step-mother took Markle under her wing, and the pair has been inseparable ever since. Markle has also been helping Prince Harry and Prince Charles in a major way (page 7).

A very warm welcome

The Duchess of Cornwall, formerly Camilla Parker Bowles, arrives at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle after her civil wedding to Prince Charles 09 April. Prince Charles and his longtime sweetheart Camilla Parker Bowles married today after two months of muddled preparations and a lifetime of waiting.
Camilla Parker Bowles | Martyn Hayhow/AFP/Getty Images
  • The Duchess of Cornwall was positively thrilled about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship

When Prince Harry and Markle first announced their engagement in November 2017, Parker Bowles was one of the first to warmly welcome Markle into the family. In a statement to People, the Duchess of Cornwall said that she was “absolutely thrilled” over the “brilliant” news.

She gushed, “America’s loss is our gain. We are all absolutely delighted. As you can see, they’re so happy. Sometimes in a climate where we’re surrounded by a lot of bad news, it’s a real joy to have a bit of good news for once.”

Next: Kind words from the Duchess of Cornwall 

Charmed by Meghan

Meghan Markle attends the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary.
Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
  • The women met often for lunch and girl talk

Upon meeting Markle, Parker Bowles was immediately charmed by the women’s right’s activist and self-proclaimed feminist. According to E! Online, “Prince Charles thinks she is charming and very bright, and Duchess Camilla believes Markle has made a great start in becoming a member of the family.”

In the months leading up to the stunning wedding, Markle and the duchess often met privately for lunch and some girl chat. We wonder what kind of royal gossip, Parker Bowles gave the Remember Me actress.

Next: Helping Markle get acclimated to royal life

The perfect guide

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England.
Camilla Parker Bowles has helped Meghan Markle settle into her new royal lifestyle. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
  • Though she’s an outsider, Parker Bowles made sure Markle felt like a royal insider

Though Markle was well known for her role as Rachel Zane on the hit USA series, Suits, being an actress and being a royal hold too different levels of fame. Throughout her engagement period, Markle had to meticulously learn and follow all of the rules of being the monarchy.

Though she bonded with her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, it was Parker Bowles who guided her through all things royal, especially since Middleton was wrangling two small children and expecting her third child. According to The Daily Mail, “The Duchess of Cornwall has reportedly bestowed humorous, down-to-earth advice upon Meghan and befriended her as a fellow outsider to the royal family.”

Next: Meeting Markle’s mother

The perfect tea party

Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland walking out of their car.
Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland | Steve Parsons-Pool/Getty Images
  • The Duchess of Cornwall extended her kindness to Meghan’s mom

Though Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, is no longer with us, Parker Bowles has gone out of her way to provide a safe space for Markle; just as the People’s Princess surely would have. That kindness was also extended to Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. The social worker and yogi met the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles just days before Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding.

Of course, the parents decided to meet over tea. According to E!, “The roughly one-hour meeting took place at Clarence House, Charles and Camilla’s official residence in London. E! News has learned it was a pleasant affair. Everyone got on very well, and it was a happy day.”

Next: The perfect wedding day

Bracing themselves

Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle speaking to Prince Charles.
Camilla Parker Bowles had a great time at the couple’s wedding. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
  • Despite the naysayers, everything was perfect on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day

Markle and Prince Harry’s road to the altar was a beautiful journey. However, it was also marred by Markle’s family’s constant presence in the media. Her father, Thomas Markle, stagged some paparazzi photos ahead of the big day and was ultimately unable to come to the event due to some health issues. Additionally, Markle’s paternal half-siblings continually stayed in the news with vicious stories about her.

The Duchess of Cornwall was just thrilled that ultimately everything went off without a hitch, though there were some fears that more issues would arise.  She explained to 5 News in London,

It was such a lovely day. Just everything went right. We all wondered whatever would happen next and then everything went right. It’s nice to have something that is uplifting rather than depressing. Everything was just perfect, including the weather, which couldn’t have been better. It was a beautiful day. The only thing is that we are all losing our voices now!

Next: Kisses and giggles 

Signs of closeness

 Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle holding hands.
A tender moment spotted between Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle. | Mayavado via Twitter
  • The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Sussex holding hands is the only proof we need that they are BFFs

If you didn’t think the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Sussex were close already, then their shared laughs and sweet handholding should give you all the proof that you need. During a celebration at Buckingham Palace to honor the work of The Prince Of Wales’ charities in his 70th year, the ladies giggled together, exchanged a goodbye kiss, and even held hands at one point.

Next: Urging a father and son to rekindle their relationship

Healing old wounds

Prince Harry leaning towards Prince Charles.
Prince Charles and Prince William are closer than ever. | Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images
  • Meghan has urged her husband to connect with his father

Markle hasn’t just charmed and bonded with Parker Bowels; she also adores Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles. In fact, her presence has created “a remarkable thawing” between the father and son’s often frosty relationship. A royal source explained to The Daily Mail, “Princes Harry and William were said to have blamed their father for being absent for much of their childhood, Markle helped heal that wound with her instant rapport with Prince Charles. Meghan met Charles and was bowled over by his charm. She told Harry he was wonderful, welcoming, warm, hard-working, kind and stable.”

The duchess urged her new husband to connect with his father. The Daily Mail reported, “She made it clear that he should appreciate him and bond more.”

Next: Approval from the future king 

Support from the future king

Camilla and Charles at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan.
Prince Charles has also welcomed Markle into the family with open arms. | Jonathan Brady/AFP/Getty Images
  • Prince Charles said the sweetest things about his new daughter-in-law

We all know that Prince Charles has his eccentricities. However, he has been open about his adoration and admiration for Markle, especially since she has been a major advocate for rekindling his relationship with Prince Harry.

A royal insider told The Daily Mail that the future king told his friends, “She is so intelligent and so nice. She makes Harry happy. We could not like her more.” We can see why Markle asked Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle when her own father could not.

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