From left, Britain's Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday May 22, 2018. The event is part of the celebrations to mark the 70th birthday of Prince Charles. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Meghan Markle bonded with Prince Charles over family drama, art—report
INQUIRER.net / 04:55 PM November 08, 2018
As Meghan Markle’s family drama looks to have no end, she has found sympathy within the British royal family.
The Duchess of Sussex has been dealt blows from her father Thomas Markle Sr., and half-siblings Samantha Grant and Thomas Markle Jr. They have gone separately to the press to air their grievances about Meghan and the royal family, while she continues to give them the silent treatment. She allegedly has not spoken to her half-siblings in years and only her father and mom, Doria Ragland, were invited to her May wedding.
The royal family’s members, too, are no strangers to intrigue, and according to royal author Angela Levin, Meghan’s dysfunctional family has made her closer to father-in-law Prince Charles.
In a Daily Mail article on Nov. 3, Levin gave a profile of Charles based on her time with him and interviews with those close to him, including relatives and aides, over the past year.
She claimed that a source said Meghan’s situation has endeared her to Charles, given the royal family’s own personal troubles including affairs and divorces.
He thinks highly of Meghan, reportedly describing her as “incredibly smart” and conversing with her about art, history and culture. After all, she graduated with a double major in theater and international studies from Northwestern University.
“Meghan is particularly keen to learn about earlier royals and the artists who have painted them,” wrote Levin.
She has reportedly also found a friend in mother-in-law Camilla, a source said, because both were outsiders to the royal family. “Camilla goes out of her way to find time to spend with Meghan, to get to know her and make her feel welcome. She’s the ideal mother-in-law,” the source reportedly said.
When Meghan’s father backed out of the wedding amid a controversy with staged paparazzi photos, it’s no surprise then that Prince Harry approached his father for help.
In a documentary for Charles’ 70th birthday, “Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70,” Harry recounted how his father stepped up for him and Meghan.
“I asked him to [walk her down the aisle] and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you,’” he recalled. Niña V. Guno /ra