Ever since Diana, Princess of Wales sat for the infamous interview in which she revealed the impact Camilla Parker Bowles’ presence had on her marriage to Prince Charles, the now-Duchess of Cornwall has not been the object of much public affection.
The world was determined to blame Camilla for Charles and Diana’s breakup in 1996 and seemed adamant that they would never forgive her for the pain she had put the beloved Princess through.
At the heart of the issue was the devastating effect the divorce of their parents had on the two young princes, William and Harry. Then, when their mother was tragically killed in an automobile accident the following year, Camilla was somehow blamed for that, as well.
Some people thought Diana was exaggerating about Camilla and that she imagined a romantic relationship that was really only a dear friendship, But when Prince Charles married Camilla in 2005, it seemed to be final proof that the beloved Princess had been right all along.
Again, the world sympathized with the two boys, wondering how they could bear to be raised by someone who had caused their late mother so much heartache.
Now, according to a new biography, everything we thought we knew about Camilla’s place in the family just might be wrong. In ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’ Diana’s younger son appears to deny rumors their relationship was ever shaky.
Harry hopes an end to rumors that there is an acrimonious relationship between him and Camilla, and jumps to her defense in a very telling statement, insisting she is "not a wicked step-mother.”
In the biography, journalist Angela Levin wrote: "It couldn't have been easy for Prince Charles to tell his sons that the woman blamed for the break-up of his marriage to their mother was going to become their stepmother, but in the autumn of 2004 that's what he did.
"Harry accepted that Camilla had been in his father's life for a very long time and had grown to like her.
"Since he was a small child he has been able to see things from other people's points of view."
According to Express, who has seen a copy of the book, Prince Harry said: "To be honest, she's always been very close to me and William.
"She's not a wicked stepmother. Look at the position she's coming into. Don't feel sorry for me and William, feel sorry for her. She’s a wonderful woman and she’s made our father very, very happy which is the most important thing.
"William and I love her to bits."
I have to admit that I was both shocked and moved by Harry’s revealing statements. You can say what you want about how things went down during Charles and Diana’s marriage, but if someone as close to the situation as one of the couple’s sons is able to accept Camilla, then maybe the rest of us can soften our hearts to her as well.