Camilla’s ‘rare royal public gesture’ to Meghan Markle during key event

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The gesture was said to have showed that Meghan Markle had been “accepted” into the family.

Queen Camilla’s “rocky” journey has been explored in great detail in royal biographer Angela Levin’s bombshell new book, Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort. Not only does Ms Levin’s work explore how the former Duchess handled her “brutal” portrayal in the hit Netflix show, The Crown, but it also discusses her charity work and one tender moment she shared with Meghan Markle.

For the Royal Family, 2018 was a momentous year. For starters, Prince Harry and Meghan married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in March with King Charles III walking his daughter-in-law down the aisle himself as her father could not be in attendance.

That same year, Charles – then the Prince of Wales – had his 70th birthday. Part of the celebrations involved a garden party in May at Buckingham Palace where Charles and Camilla were “absolutely delighted” to be joined by the newlyweds, Ms Levin wrote. Unfortunately, Prince William and Kate, the now Princess of Wales, were unable to join this particular event as they were in Manchester.

The couple were marking the first year anniversary since the Manchester Arena bombing which shook the city on May 22, 2017, when an Islamist terrorist injured 1,017 and killed 23 at an Ariana Grande concert.

However, William and Kate later joined Meghan and Harry for the party held on Charles’ actual birthday, November 14, which was also at Buckingham Palace in 2018.

Meghan and Camilla smiling

A royal biographer has discussed how Queen Camilla made a rare royal gesture to Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Camilla laugh together

Meghan attended King Charles III 70th birthday garden party (Image: GETTY)

At the garden party in May, Ms Levin revealed that Harry had said he and his wife would not stay long as he had not wanted to detract the attention away from his father on his big day.

She wrote: “The royal aide told me Prince Harry had said he and Meghan wouldn’t stay long as it was his father‘s birthday and he didn’t want to take the limelight away from him on such a special occasion.”

The party guests spoke of how wonderful both the couple’s wedding had been and the fact that Charles had reached such a milestone, Ms Levin recounted as she too attended the party.

Ms Levin wrote: “At the time, Meghan was seen as a ‘breath of fresh air’ for the monarchy. There was also great joy that Harry had at last found someone to love and who could cope with a life in the spotlight.”

Charles walking Meghan down the aisle

Charles walked Meghan down the aisle as her father could not attend the wedding in 2018 (Image: GETTY)

Charles and Camilla walk with Meghan's mum

Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, held Charles’ arm as they left the chapel after the wedding (Image: GETTY)

When Charles and Camilla first emerged from the Palace, they were followed closely behind by Meghan and Harry.

The couples then greeted each other and it was then that Camilla made an unusual gesture towards Meghan, which Ms Levin said was done to help boost her confidence and show acceptance as the new addition to the family.

She revealed: “The Prince and Camilla came out of the Palace doors first with Harry and Meghan right behind them.

“At one point Camilly held Meghan’s hand, a rare royal public gesture – perhaps to give her confidence and show the guests that she was accepted as one of the family.”

Prince Harry giving a speech

Prince Harry delivered a speech and King Charles III’s 70th birthday garden party (Image: GETTY)

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Body language expert, Judi James, told MailOnline in 2018 that the gesture could also have been influenced by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.

She had offered a hand to Charles during the wedding earlier that year as he walked her out of the chapel.

Harry also made mention of this in his “touching” speech at the do, Ms Levin revealed.

He thanked his father for both the caring way he had walked Meghan partway down the aisle and also that he was equally grateful that Charles had walked with Meghan’s mother out of the chapel when she looked “bewildered”.

Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort is published by Simon & Schuster UK and is available to purchase 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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