Harry was ‘happy to accept’ Camilla as step-mother but no longer has ‘warmth’ for Duchess


PRINCE HARRY was “happy to accept” Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as his step-mother when she and Prince Charles got married 17 years ago, but the Duke of Sussex no longer has “warmth” towards his father’s wife and is “not interested in developing a relationship” with her, according to a royal expert.

Speaking on an upcoming episode of Pod Save The Queen, as reported by the Daily Mirror, Ken Wharfe said that he did not see Harry and Meghan living in California forever.

He added: “I just have this feeling that he could well be back in a new role, with or without Meghan — I honestly don’t know… I do think he will be back in some form as part of his father’s plan for trimming down the monarchy because within the next decade that is going to happen.”

It has long been said that Charles desires a slimmed-down monarchy that places focus on a smaller group of royals who carry out public engagements. When Harry and Meghan got married back in 2018, it was thought that they would play an important role in Charles’ future plans.

Prince Harry / Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Harry initially ’embraced’ his step-mother Camilla. (Image: Getty Images)

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Charles desires a slimmed-down monarchy. (Image: Getty Images)

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But their shock exit from the Firm set them apart from the Royal Family, and reports of a rift between the Sussexes and the Windsors have circulated ever since.

Speculation of strained relations between Harry and his father, brother and stepmother have been particularly prevalent, and with his upcoming memoir, many have considered whether the prince will delve into his royal relationships.

His feelings towards Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have been discussed widely in recent years, with many reports suggesting that he does not get along with his stepmother.

Now, a royal expert has claimed Harry once “embraced” Camilla.

Speaking on this week’s episode of Pod Save The Queen, Ingrid Seward — author of ‘William & Harry’ — explained that Harry initially “accepted” his new step-mother, but later lost “warmth” towards her.

Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry

Harry’s relationships with members of the Royal Family have been strained since his exit. (Image: Getty Images)

Ms Seward said: “I think when she [Camilla] became a step-mum, they [William and Harry] were very happy to embrace her because most of their friends’ parents were divorced and had remarried, so it wasn’t an unusual thing to happen.

“I think they really embraced Camilla. I think then it went off the boil a bit.”

She continued: “I don’t think Harry has a great deal of warmth towards her; he waxes and wains with her.

“I think Harry was quite happy to accept Camilla in the beginning and then went off the boil about her.

“I don’t think he holds her in great respect.”Ms Seward admitted that “things might have changed” since Harry and Meghan’s recent return to the UK to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, saying the royals were probably able to spend a bit of time together, having not had a “chance” since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left for a life in the United States.

She continued: “I don’t think that relationship would have really developed.

“But I don’t think Harry is really interested in developing a relationship with his step-mother at this stage in his life.”

Harry and Meghan’s return for the Jubilee was brief, with the couple leaving before the celebrations came to a close on Sunday, June 5.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan and Harry returned for the Platinum Jubilee last month. (Image: Getty Images)

They were only seen at two events during the four-day weekend — Trooping the Colour, during which the Sussexes were spotted in the windows of Buckingham Palace, and a national service of thanksgiving for the monarchy at St Paul’s Cathedral.

While Meghan and Harry kept a low profile publicly, it is understood that they did spend time privately with members of the Royal Family.

It was reported that Charles met his granddaughter Lilibet and reunited with his grandson Archie during the visit.

According to a senior royal source, the meeting was “very emotional”, with Charles and Camilla delighted to spend time with Harry and Meghan, and their two children.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Charles and Camilla spent time with the Sussexes and their children. (Image: Getty Images)

Speaking at the briefing of Clarence House’s annual review, the source said of the pair: “It was fantastic to see them. It was wonderful to have them back in Britain.

“The Prince and the Duchess were absolutely thrilled to see them.

“The Prince, of course, hasn’t seen his grandson Archie for a bit of time and so it was very, very, very special to have some time with him.

“He hadn’t met Lili, his granddaughter, and so to meet her was very emotional, a very, very wonderful thing.”


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