Royal Biographer Angela Levin has claimed Prince Harry has been ‘nasty’ about Queen Consort Camilla, and the hit Netflix series The Crown was ‘cruel’ to her.
The author sat down with Lorraine stand-in host Christine Lampard to talk candidly about the Queen Consort, following the release of her new biography Camilla, From Outcast to Future Queen Consort.
Christine Lampard said: ‘Angela, you felt compelled to write this book because you knew her and felt she had been mis-represented over the years and you wanted to your version of events.’
Angela said: ‘Yes that’s spot on actually. I decided I had to rebalance things. One was The Crown which was really cruel to her and the other was Prince Harry who had said some really nasty things about her too.’
Christine Lampard drew comparisons with the late Princess Diana saying ‘people didn’t like Camilla because they loved Diana so much’. Above, King Charles with the Queen Consort pictured this month at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service
Angela Levin, journalist and Royal Biographer said that The Crown has been ‘cruel’ to Queen consort Camilla on ITV’s Lorraine and also touched on Prince Harry’s feeling toward his step-mother
Angela claimed Prince Harry had made ‘nasty’ comments about the Queen Consort as she promoted her new biography. Pictured, the Prince with wife Meghan during a walkabout in Windsor following the Queen’s death
In The Crown, Camilla says she’s just a mistress to the Prince of Wales, like her great grandmother, Alice Keppel who was mistress to King Edward VII who is King Charles’ great-great grandfather.
Charles confirms Edward loved Alice in the series, but it focuses more on Diana’s torment during the marriage.
The biographer, who has penned nine non-fiction books, focusing on senior members of the royal family, claims that depictions of the Queen Consort have been unfair, stating that ‘the more you get to know her the more you like her’.
In 2015 Angela revealed she had spent three months with Camilla to write a long piece.
She sourced people who would go on record about the royal, those who had worked with her throughout her various charity pursuits, members of staff and friends in a bid to make the book as plausible as possible.
Angela also revealed that Camilla invited her to meet the Queen, in a subtle move to show her, that ‘despite rumours the pair had a close bond’.
Host Christine Lampard said: ‘It obviously hasn’t always been plain sailing, a lot of people disliked, mainly Camilla because they loved Diana so much.It was always going to be a difficult time.’
Angela Levin claimed Netflix series The Crown was ‘cruel’ to the Queen Consort. Pictured, Emerald Fennell as Camilla in series four
Angela agreed, saying: ‘Yes, they met when Charles was 22 and she was 24 and he wasn’t sure if he wanted to commit himself- and he also knew that he would get into trouble with his parents.
‘He knew that the first in line to the throne would need to marry within the aristocracy and someone who was a virgin.
‘Camilla was aristocracy but not to the highest level – and she had been in relationships previously.
‘They got on extremely well.’
Despite rumours to the contrary the Queen and the then Duchess of Cornwall now Queen Consort Camilla ‘had a close bond’ with one another and shared a love of horses, something Angela Levin witnessed when she was invited to meet the pair at Buckingham Palace, pictured at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in 2013 with King Charles
Angela also spoke about the Queen consort’s behind the scenes charity work, and said her approach is ‘ideal for Charles’.
She said: ‘Camilla doesn’t light to be in the spotlight, she’s right in the middle which is ideal for Charles because he won’t get jealous like with his first wife, but who does a tremendous amount of work behind the curtain – she doesn’t need praise for herself.
‘What she has done is things that the Royal family don’t necessarily do to deal with rape and domestic violence.
‘Also literacy she feels is really important and she goes around the country helping families who’ve had a lot of difficulty in their life – to encourage them to get their children to read.
‘She does it with fun, it’s worked really well. Her book club began at the pandemic, she’s built up a good people who are now reading who perhaps weren’t.’
The cover of Angela Levin’s new book Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort which retails at £20.99
The author then told about the time Camilla invited her over, saying she had a ‘surprise for her’.
Angela said: ‘I got the call to meet the Duchess and of course I dropped everything. ‘
They said she had a surprise for me, but not to get upset if it didn’t happen – I didn’t know what it was, I thought it could be a box of chocolates, I don’t know.
‘I arrived and I had practised my curtsey. She was there the Queen was there. They said “come with me” and we went into the Buckingham palace and Camilla was there with the Queen – and they took me to the stables where an 80-year-old horse expert was.
‘He was supposedly meant to have the ability to make a horse that has never been ridden before ridable after 20 minutes without a saddle or anything, which I thought was not on but there you go.
‘The idea of it, they were talking non-stop and laughing. I thought after this was so clever and such a kind thing to do. She didn’t have to say anything inappropriate as there were rumors they didn’t get on. Without saying a word Camilla showed me that her and the Queen shared a close bond – which was obvious through their shared love of horses.
‘I can’t imagine anyone else going out of their way like that to make my life easier, and it gave me a positive story to work with.’
Christine said: ‘This book will give us interesting insight in someone we know but also don’t know very well.’
Angela said: ‘The more you get to know her, the more you like her.’