An excerpt from a new biography of Prince Harry by journalist Angela Levin titled Harry: A Biography of a Prince is showing that the 33-year-old royal isn’t afraid to defend his stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles. Despite the fact that Bowles allegedly broke up the marriage of his parents, Harry said in a conversation with the British reporter that the public should feel sorry for the Duchess of Cornwall.
“To be honest, she’s always been very close to me and William,” Harry said. “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.”
According to Page Six, he went on to say that Bowles is a “wonderful woman” who has made his father, Prince Charles, very happy. Harry says that his father’s happiness is the most important thing, and he and William “love her to bits.”
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Prince Charles married Bowles over 13 years ago, and their relationship has been a favorite subject of tabloids for decades. The couple met at a party back in the 1970s, and he even though he fell for her right away, he wasn’t ready to give up the bachelor life. She ended up moving on and marrying cavalry officer Andrew Parker Bowles, but the couple split in 1995.
Of course, Prince Charles ended up marrying Harry and William’s mother, Princess Diana, in a 1981 wedding that attracted more than 750 million viewers worldwide.
But, for many years of their marriage, Diana suspected that Charles was having an affair with his ex-girlfriend, and that contributed to the couple divorcing in 1996. Diana died just one year later, but it wasn’t until 2004 that Charles told his sons he was going to marry Camilla.
Levin writes in the book that it must have been tough for Prince Charles to tell William and Harry that the woman many blamed for the breakup of his marriage to Diana was going to be their stepmother. However, Harry has accepted Camilla, and since she has been in his father’s life for a long time, he has grown to like her.
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Levin had exclusive access to Prince Harry for over a year, shadowing him and accompanying him on multiple engagements before his wedding to Meghan Markle in May. She wrote her new book based on conversations she had with Harry during that time.
She also researched the family’s history, and Levin says that Diana “behaved very badly” once she became single and introduced her sons to a whole string of men. However, Prince Charles never stopped loving Bowles, and the fact that they are still together after all of these years proves she was always more than a mistress.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their most recent public appearance at his childhood friend’s wedding which happened to be on the Duchess of Sussex’s 37th birthday.