Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was said to have enjoyed a warm relationship with Meghan – but relations apparently took a turn for the worse after a clash of engagements.The Duchess of Cornwall has long been an advocate of preventing domestic and sexual violence.It is a cause she has long championed and has vowed to break the stigma surrounding the issue.
And in 2020, she gave a speech on the issue to mark the 10th anniversary of the Women of the World Festival in London, which had been nearly a year in the planning.However, she was reported to have been left “very upset” after photos of Meghan Markle were released as she gave the landmark speech.
Meghan was said to have broken a pledge not to overshadow Camilla’s campaign by having the pictures of her private visit to the National Theatre be published the same day.One well-placed insider said at the time: “Camilla’s work is very important to her and her decision to highlight the scourge of domestic violence at the 10th anniversary of Women of the World was a carefully thought-out plan.
“Over the last four years, she has worked tirelessly, mostly behind the scenes but to great effect, to use her platform and personal experiences to highlight the issue and help sufferers.”Of course, it was known Harry and Meghan would be doing engagements this week, some privately, but everyone was in agreement that Camilla’s speech should take precedence. Unfortunately some people had other ideas.”
The move came in the final weeks of Meghan and husband Prince Harry’s lives as working members of the Royal Family.
Since then, they’ve quit the UK and carved out new lives for themselves and their children Archie and Lilibet in California.Meanwhile, earlier this week, Camilla said it will be a “great honour” to become Queen Consort and believes the position will help her to further highlight the causes she supports.
The Queen used her Platinum Jubilee message, where she celebrated marking 70 years on the throne, to declare it is her “sincere wish” that Camilla takes the title when “in the fullness of time” her son Charles becomes King.Discussing her work with victims of domestic violence, Camilla, 74, said she would not “give up mid-channel”, saying she hopes to continue “doing it for a lifetime”.
During the interview with presenter Emma Barnett, she called for more action to tackle violence against women, saying: “We do need to help culture change. And I think we have to start at the beginning, I think children at school have got to be taught respect.”