Why Didn’t Camilla Parker-Bowles Think Kate Middleton Was Worthy Enough for the Royal Family?

Everyone is probably well-aware of the fact the royal family has certain standards that they expect every member of the family to meet. Even the royals who were not born into the family work hard to make sure that certain expectations are met. This statement is extremely true for Camilla Parker-Bowles. 

Since becoming an official member of the royal family, the Duchess of Cornwall has had to deal with her fair share of controversy. You would think that because Parker-Bowles knows first hand what is it like to be ridiculed and put down that she would be one of the more understanding members of the family. But, apparently not.

According to many reports, the stepmother of Prince William and Prince Harry had at one time thought that Kate Middleton was not good enough to be a part of the royal family.

How did Prince William and Kate Middleton meet?

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson / Getty Images for St James’s Palace

Middleton and Prince William met when they were both attending the prestigious University of Saint Andrews. The two were just friends at first. But after Prince William saw Middleton walk in a charity fashion show while wearing a very revealing dress, he became instantly smitten with the young college student. The two started dating shortly after that and seemed very happy together.

Middleton came from a wealthy family. Her mother and father both worked for an airline before quitting their jobs and starting their own party supply business. Their business was an instant success and, before they knew it, the Middleton family had become millionaires.

Although Middleton’s family was not hurting for money, she was still considered to be “just a commoner.” But many people believe that her commoner lifestyle is what allowed her to be more down to Earth and is also another reason why Prince William was so attracted to her.

The pair dated for almost four years when they had decided to suddenly take a break. Although there had been rumors of some tension in the young couple’s relationship, the break still came a shock to many people.

Did Camilla Parker Bowles have anything to do with Prince William’s breakup?

After Prince William and Middleton broke up, it was revealed that Prince Charles had told his son that it was time to either marry young Middleton or let her go for good. Because Prince William was still pretty young at the time, he didn’t think that he was quite ready to settle down, so he ultimately ended up breaking things off with the now-duchess.

While everyone had thought Prince Charles was the one behind the breakup, royal biographer Christopher Anderson explains that the Duchess of Cornwall was actually, behind the scenes, urging her husband to give Prince William the ultimatum.

But why did Parker-Bowles care if William broke up with Middleton? Anderson says that the duchess didn’t think that Middleton was worthy of becoming a royal because she came from a working-class family.

“Camilla is a bit of a snob,” Anderson explained. “She’s an aristocrat, she has always been moving in Royal circles.”

“Kate is the first working-class woman to be accepted into the Royal family,” Anderson continued. “She is descended from coal miners and her mother was a flight attendant…Camilla never really felt that Kate Middleton as an individual and the Middleton family as a whole were going to be worthy of entering into the Royal family.”

The Duchess of Cornwall has always wanted to marry into the royal family. Even though Parker-Bowels and Princess Charles’ entire relationship has been surrounded by controversy and scrutiny, many people believe that she has always had one goal in mind: to one day be queen. Because she is so close to her goal, many people believe that she thinks that it is her duty to ensure that certain royal traditions are kept intact. That is the main reason why she thought Prince William should have married an aristocrat.

What is Camilla Parker-Bowles and Kate Middleton’s relationship like now?

Today, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge seem to have a much better relationship. The two women seem to have a natural and comfortable relationship whenever they are seen together in public. Parker-Bowles not only looks like she is being a good mother-in-law to Middleton, but she also seems to be an excellent grandmother to Prince William and Middleton’s three children.