What Started Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles’ Reported Feud?

For years, there have been rumblings that Prince Charles’ s wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, aren’t very fond of one another. While a few theories about why that is have been thrown out there, most believe that Camilla played a major part in something that William and Middleton went through years before they got married.

Here’s more on that and what one of Charles’ sons has made clear about his relationship with Camilla.

Camilla Parker Bowles, Queen Elizabeth II, and Kate Middleton
Camilla Parker Bowles, Queen Elizabeth II, and Kate Middleton | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Did Middleton and Camilla feud over this?

The story that has gained the most traction about why the duchesses have feuded comes from Game of Crowns author Christopher Andersen.

In his book, Andersen wrote that the Duchess of Cornwall asked Prince Charles to coax William into breaking things off with Middleton in 2007, and he did. Andersen said that Camilla’s reason for wanting them to split was because at the time she was trying hard to win over the British public and was “disgusted” that everyone seemed to fall in love with Middleton instead of her.

When William and Middleton got back together weeks later though and Camilla was reportedly ticked off by how the public embraced the commoner all over again.

Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate Middleton
Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate Middleton | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

If what Andersen alleged is true then it makes sense that Middleton wouldn’t be a fan of Camilla after learning that she had a part in William breaking up with her.

Is Camilla at war with another duchess?

But it’s not just the Duchess of Cambridge who Camilla has been accused of feuding with. Rumors have swirled that she also had a problem with the Duchess of Sussex and that goes back to before Meghan Markle married Prince Harry.

Prior to their May 2018 royal wedding, several media outlets reported that Camilla did not care for the former actress because she is American and didn’t come from an aristocratic background. It was also claimed that Camilla viewed Markle as social climber after she broke up with someone she was seeing for two years when she met Prince Harry.

Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle
Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan Markle Dominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty Images

With those reports out there body language experts, of course, zeroed in on Camilla’s demeanor during her stepson and Markle’s nuptials. Some opined that she looked uncomfortable, but most royal fans thought the opposite and noted that there didn’t seem to be much animosity from Camilla especially after her husband walked Markle down the aisle.

How Prince William and Prince Harry feel about their stepmother

Whether or not the reports about Camilla feuding with the princes’ wives are true, Charles’ sons don’t appear to be at odds with their stepmother although there has been speculation about just how close they really are. That speculation grew after the princes were expected to say a few nice things about Camilla at her 70th birthday party but instead chose not to speak.

While there are reports that there’s some distance between them, Prince Harry has insisted that Camilla has never been the “wicked stepmother” people made her out to be.

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