It’s one of those things: Sometimes, you just don’t get along with your in-laws. Whether you’re an average joe or a member of the royal family, it can be hard sometimes to get along with family members. This is something that Kate Middleton knows all too well, especially when it comes to her relationship with her mother-in-law, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Didn’t know there was bad blood between these two? Here’s a look at how the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall have been at odds for years.
Before Kate was even in the picture …
… things were a little tense between Camilla and Kate’s future husband, Prince William. Camilla notoriously had an affair with Prince Charles while he was still married to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana. When Prince Charles tried to arrange for his sons to meet his new lady love after divorcing Diana, Princes William and Harry refused. It was a few years before the two princes agreed to meet and even chat with Camilla! While William and Camilla appear to be on civil ground now, a rocky history didn’t help pave the way for William’s future wife.
Did Camilla fire the first shot? It sure seems that way. The Duchess of Cornwall is reportedly very entitled, and not a fan of “common folk” mingling with the royals. It is reported that Camilla liked to gossip about Kate, allegedly saying that she was “not worthy” of marrying the second in line to take over the monarchy. There is also belief that Camilla was upset with how much adoration Kate was getting, while Camilla was still trying to win over the public and not be “the bad guy” following Princess Diana’s death.
Camilla’s attempt to break Will and Kate up
Camilla was so determined to keep a commoner from marrying into the family that she tried to break Will and Kate up! She went so far as to tell Prince Charles that he must convince William to break up with Kate. (It isn’t entirely clear how much, if any, influence she had on Will and Kate’s actual breakup.) Nonetheless, the breakup didn’t last and the two became engaged.
The gossip before the wedding
Even though a wedding was on the horizon, the Duchess of Cornwall wasn’t done cutting Kate Middleton down. She reportedly gossiped about the bride-to-be a great deal. She was just one of the royals to engage in this catty behavior, too. Princess Beatrice, who has a well-documented rivalry with Duchess Catherine, reportedly spent most of the time before the royal wedding cutting the bride-to-be down.
Leaks to the press?
It’s even said that Camilla had people leak false information to the tabloids to make Kate look bad. The Daily News summarizes a scene from the book Game of Crowns which states that Camilla allegedly “spent hours strategizing with spin doctors ‘leaking self-aggrandizing stories to the press and sniping at perceived foes.'” Kate didn’t appear to fight back. Nor did she need to, as millions of people across the world followed her every move and watched her fairy tale wedding to Prince William.
Their relationship now?
At least in public the duchesses appear to put on happy faces and get along. But there are, of course, always rumors that one is upset with the other. Like in late 2017, when it was alleged that Camilla was furious with both William and Kate because Prince Charles would possibly step aside and let his son take the throne. This is only hear-say, but given Camilla’s proclivity for looking down her nose at Duchess Catherine …
And how does this affect Meghan Markle?
There conflicting reports as to how Camilla feels about Prince Harry’s fiancee. She made a public announcement that sounded as though she was welcoming Meghan into the family. But there are also plenty of rumors out there that Camilla is looking to sabotage this royal wedding as well. Lucky for Meghan, she has a friend in Kate Middleton,who knows a thing or two about feuding with the Duchess of Cornwall.
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