Prince William and Kate Middleton are the future King and Queen Consort of England, but of course, they will have to wait their turn since Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are ahead of them in the line of succession. But according to a new book, Middleton wouldn’t even be part of the Royal family if Parker Bowles would have gotten her way.
In his new book Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne, author Christopher Anderson claims that the Duchess of Cornwall advised Prince William to break up with Middleton at the start of their relationship. The book also claims that Camilla asked her husband to help split up the young couple.
The book — which focuses on the female members of the Royal family — goes into detail about the alleged feud between Middleton and Parker Bowles and reveals that the 71-year-old told William it would be “wise” for him to end his relationship with Middleton because she was “pretty, but rather dim.”
Parker Bowles also had a problem with the fact that Middleton did not have a royal background, and she allegedly thought that Middleton was “too lowly” to marry into the Windsor family. So, when William and Kate temporarily split in 2007, Parker Bowles took the opportunity to let her stepson know that he did the right thing.
According to OK! Magazine, when detailing the split, Anderson wrote that it supposedly happened after William refused to spend New Year’s Eve with the Middleton family.
“We both were very young, it was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters,” William said about the breakup. “It was very much trying to find our own way, and we were growing up, and so it was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better.”
Middleton has said that at the time she wasn’t happy about the split, but it ended up making her a stronger person. She says she was able to find out things about herself that she hadn’t realized. And the breakup kept her from getting too consumed by the relationship, which is something that is easy to do when you are young. Middleton added that looking back on it, she values that time on her own even though she didn’t when it was happening.
Now that Prince William and Kate Middleton are happily married and the parents of three children, it looks like Camilla Parker Bowles gets along with her daughter-in-law, and the two women often appear at Royal events together.