MEGHAN MARKLE, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry will make their first official engagement alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, this week.
Royal sources claim Camilla has been a “pillar of support” to the couple after the fallout from their recent documentary, in which Meghan said the ongoing fire from the press meant she was “existing, not living”. A royal source told Vanity Fair: “I think Camilla was probably just as surprised as anyone else when the documentary came out and perhaps didn’t realise how much Harry and Meghan were suffering. “She wants everyone to get along and be happy. Her mantra is carry on and keep smiling.
“She doesn’t want to see anyone struggling and she is fond of Meghan and she could be a very good ally too.”
The trio are set to attend the Field of Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey on Thursday.
It is not currently known what Charles and Camilla thought of the couple’s documentary which is said to have caused unrest for senior aides and members of the royal household.
Despite this, Camilla is understood to have been in touch with Harry and Meghan.
Camilla has been a ‘pillar of support’ to Meghan and Harry (Image Getty Images)
A royal source said Camilla wants ‘everyone to be happy’ (Image: Getty Images)
The Duchess is known for steering clear of family politics and not getting involved in William and Harry’s personal lives.
Camilla is also known, and reportedly well liked, at the palace for her genuine and compassionate nature.
Royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith claims the Duchess is in a unique position to advise and even help Meghan.
This is because she is someone else who married into the royal family and faced a large amount of media scrutiny.
Meghan revealed she was ‘existing, not living’ (Image: ITV)
Ms Smith said: “I think Camilla can easily empathise with Meghan because of what she went through in the media.
“At one stage, no one was more beleaguered by the tabloids than Camilla, but she was shrewd enough to know that antagonism would get her nowhere.”
Camilla was embroiled in the fallout from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce.
The Duchess was targeted by the media when tapes of her phone calls with Charles were leaked to the press in 1993.
Camilla received scrutiny from the media from Charles and Diana’s divorce (Image: Getty Images)
Sally Bedell Smith said ‘Meghan could learn a lot from Camilla’ (Image: Getty Images)
The relationship survived, and Camilla became an active working royal after marrying Charles in 2005.
Ms Smith said: “Meghan could learn an enormous amount from Camilla.
“I think Camilla is genuinely a kind person and while there are many differences between the two of them, they have both been on the receiving end of some very negative press.”
The author added: “The thing Camilla learned was how to cultivate a relationship with the press.
Charles and Camilla: Romantic timeline (Image: Daily Express)
Camilla has been in touch with Harry and Meghan since the interview (Image: Getty Images)
“I have watched her talk to reporters, be friendly with the photographers and win over the tabloids who had once tried to ruin her.”
Members of the royal family were reportedly stung by Meghan’s comments in her interview with Tom Bradby after she claimed “not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes”.
Prince Charles, who has a close relationship with Meghan and Harry, has made an effort to maintain a close relationship with the couple and invited them on holiday to Scotland with him last year.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is also understood to have been in contact with Meghan since the documentary aired, and behind the scenes is said to be doing her best to forge a better relationship between the two couples.
The ‘Fab Four’ will be together on Sunday for the first time since the documentary aired at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK