The 1 Thing Prince William and Prince Harry Love About Their Stepmother Camilla Parker Bowles

It took a long time for Camilla Parker Bowles to endear herself to the British public and an even longer time for Prince Charles’ kids to come around to her.

The long-time lover of the Prince of Wales had the odds stacked against her since she was seen as the opposition of Princess Diana. When Diana was alive, everyone loved her. After she died in a tragic Paris car crash, the obsession with the People’s Princess reached a fever pitch.

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Prince William, Prince Harry, and Camilla Parker Bowles | Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images

And no matter how genial, polite, and unassuming Camilla appeared, there was no escaping the fact that she was the ‘other woman’ in Prince Charles’ life and the one who helped destroy Prince William and Prince Harry’s family. Was it totally her fault? Of course not. But she was the easiest person to blame.

Over the years, public perception of Camilla has improved. Now there are even things that William and Harry love about their stepmother Camilla Parker Bowles.

People had the wrong impression about Charles and Camilla

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Camila Parker Bowles | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

It’s obvious to just about everyone that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were a horrible match, with or without Camilla’s involvement. Part of the evidence for that is the clear elation Charles displays during his marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall, which stands out in stark contrast to how he acted with Diana.

True Royalty TV producer Juliet Rice explained it this way to Fox News, “There’s been this historical misconception about Camilla because of the circumstances surrounding Prince Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana,” she said.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions about what really went on there and throughout all that coverage, the ‘80s and beyond, she’s never said a word. We didn’t talk to her about that, but it was nice to see her as a human, a relatively normal human being.”

Prince William and Prince Harry see how happy Camilla makes their father

Prince Harry went so far as to say we should all feel bad about how vilified Camilla became in the press. It probably wasn’t an easy thing for him to admit.

In the book Harry: The Biography of a Prince, the Duke of Sussex said, “To be honest, she’s always been very close to me and William. She’s not a wicked stepmother. Look at the position she’s coming into.”

He added: “Don’t feel sorry for me and William, feel sorry for her.”

Producer Juliet Rice concurred that Camilla’s stepsons have come around to Camilla’s presence in their lives. “William and Harry adore her,” she said. “And her children get on extremely well with William and Harry.”

They appreciate how Camilla took a back seat

Part of the reason why Prince Harry and Prince William accepted their stepmother so readily is that she’s never tried to take Diana’s place in their lives. She and Charles quietly dated for years before getting married. Plus, Camilla turned down her rightful title — Princess of Wales — out of respect for Charles’s first wife.

Princess Diana’s sons likely appreciated these gestures. It’s also undeniable how happy their father Prince Charles is being married to Camilla, which makes it much easier to accept her presence in their lives.