For nearly their entire lives, Prince William and Prince Harry have had two women play the role of “mother.” While Princess Diana was their legitimate mother, Camilla Parker Bowles was their father’s mistress for many years and later became their stepmother.
After a messy marriage that led to a divorce, Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident in 1997. Her boys, William, 15, and Harry, 12, were left without their brave and compassionate mother. But, not far from reach was the women that their own father had found love it- Camilla.
Tabloids painted the relationship between Camilla and Prince William and Prince Harry to be messy, bitter, and full of resentment. But in a recent biography written about Prince Harry by longtime Royal journalist and Harry’s travel companion, Angela Levin, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
In her biography, Harry: A Biography of a Prince, Angela writes to set the record straight between Prince Harry and his stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles. In a shocking turn of events, Harry reveals that he quite adores his stepmother for several reasons. Although, perhaps the biggest reason Prince Harry adores Camilla is her love for the way that she’s always adored his father.
In the biography, Angela reveals that in a conversation with Prince Harry, he feels that the “public should feel sorry for the Duchess of Cornwall, rather than he and William.” That's not quite the perspective the tabloids encourage...
Shockingly enough, Harry went on to say that he supports Camilla and he even encouraged disdained people to see her perspective. He shared, “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.”
While most people believe that she is a wicked woman, Harry reveals that he and William “love her to bits.” And while it’s easy to see Camilla as a wicked stepmother (especially given her journey into the Royal Family), Harry shares that she’s quite wonderful and much more than a mistress to his father.
Angela’s confession from Harry comes from her time shadowing him and accompanying him on several engagements before his May wedding. Her biography of the prince was written based off of real conversations that she had with Prince Harry.
It’s refreshing to hear that Prince Harry has a respect for his stepmother rather than a disdain that the public has believed for so many years. After all this time, Camilla has loved and supported his father, and even though it wasn’t done morally, she has stood by his side all this time. What do you think about this?