Harry’s bit­ter feud with Camilla


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Prince Harry is locked in a bit­ter war of words with his med­dling step­mother Camilla, af­ter she made a se­ries of cruel and vi­cious jibes against his part­ner Meghan Markle.

The 32-year-old leapt to the de­fence of his Amer­i­can love af­ter the Duchess of Corn­wall at­tacked Meghan for ‘em­bar­rass­ing the monar­chy’ through a re­cent in­ter­view.

While the Van­ity Fair ar­ti­cle – which saw Meghan, 36, speak in­ti­mately of her fairy­tale royal ro­mance – was sanc­tioned by Prince Harry and Kens­ing­ton Palace, it’s be­lieved se­nior roy­als at Buck­ing­ham Palace were left ‘com­pletely in the dark’.

Now Camilla is be­lieved to be lead­ing the charge of out­rage over Meghan’s cover shoot and in­ter­view, la­belling it as a ‘shame­less pub­lic­ity stunt’ – words that haven’t sat well with the prince.

‘Camilla was one of the first to voice her dis­gust over Meghan’s Van­ity Fair piece,’ a well-placed aide tells New Idea. ‘She felt it was a shame­less stunt and said it proves that Meghan is just us­ing Harry to make a name for her­self.

‘The fact that Meghan posed in a black and white taffeta dress – much like the fa­mous Snow­den por­trait of Princess Diana – re­ally riled Camilla up even more, and she rang Harry and told him it was em­bar­rass­ing how his bride was try­ing to em­u­late his mother.

‘Harry wasn’t tak­ing any of it and put Camilla in her place. He promised Meghan he would pro­tect her from any neg­a­tiv­ity that her new royal life could bring – in­clud­ing his step­mum.

‘He told Camilla in no un­cer­tain terms: “Leave my Meghan alone!”’

Sources say this isn’t the first time Harry and Camilla have come to blows over his new re­la­tion­ship.

When the pair first started dat­ing last May, the 70-year-old was very vo­cal in her dis­ap­proval of the ro­mance – an­gry that Meghan was ‘too much of a com­moner’ for the royal fam­ily.

‘Camilla has been very forth­right with her be­lief that only Euro­pean roy­alty or

Lon­don’s high so­ci­ety should marry into the royal fam­ily,’ says a palace source. ‘It’s the rea­son she’s so op­posed to “Com­moner Kate” – and the fact that Meghan is an older, Amer­i­can, di­vorced ac­tress makes it even worse in Camilla’s eyes.

‘Harry has sat back and watched his brother Wil­liam take on Camilla for the way she’s treated Kate, and he’s do­ing ex­actly the same thing with Meghan. He’s just not go­ing to stand for it.’

In a de­fi­ant show of sol­i­dar­ity, Harry is mak­ing plans to have Meghan by his side for the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto on Septem­ber 23 – their first public ap­pear­ance to­gether. It’s also be­lieved Meghan is plan­ning to do an­other big royal tell-all for a US mag­a­zine – which is sure to anger Camilla even more.

‘Camilla is pulling out all stops to try and stop the next in­ter­view,’ says a palace source. ‘She’s even threat­en­ing to in­volve the Queen – she thinks it’s an em­bar­rass­ment to the monar­chy.’

It’s also be­lieved Camilla is behind a spate of re­cent re­ports point­ing out the ob­sta­cles Meghan will face as a di­vorced woman en­ter­ing the royal fam­ily.

Last week it was claimed the cou­ple had in fact al­ready mar­ried in a se­cret cer­e­mony at Bal­moral and would later have an of­fi­cial public ser­vice in West­min­ster Abbey in Lon­don – some­thing that Camilla sug­gests might not be pos­si­ble.

‘We’ve heard that the duchess is feed­ing in­for­ma­tion to her sup­port­ers in the me­dia about how Harry and Meghan will be banned from mar­ry­ing at West­min­ster Abbey or St Paul’s Cathe­dral, given Meghan’s pre­vi­ous mar­riage,’ says a source.

‘It’s all meant to em­bar­rass Meghan and de­ter Harry from mak­ing a life with her, but it’s only hav­ing the op­po­site ef­fect.

‘Harry is tak­ing on Camilla and pro­tect­ing his bride ­– he won’t let her get the bet­ter of them.’ NI

The Suits star (left) has made waves due to her Van­ity Fair cover (far left), but her prince still plans to take her to the In­vic­tus Games.

A de­ter­mined Prince Harry is stand­ing by his lady love dur­ing this bit­ter royal dis­pute. MEGHAN AT KENS­ING­TON ROYAL RUCKUS

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