He walked her down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Harry back in May, but what does Prince Charles really think of his new daughter-in-law Meghan Markle?
The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex officially became a member of the royal family when she and Harry said ‘I do’ at a lavish Windsor Castle wedding on May 19th.
And according to a source close to Prince Charles, the heir to the throne is besotted with his 33-year-old son’s new wife.
“He’s got a real soft spot for her and thinks she’s the best thing to have happened to Harry,” a source told Vanity Fair.
Indeed, just days after their wedding, Charles and Meghan were pictured laughing at a joke while they attended the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace.
Harry also gave a heartwarming speech about his father at the event, making many think the Duke of Sussex must have a special relationship with his dad.
However, The Daily Beast reported differently a few days ago, when they revealed that William and Harry’s relationship with their father is still very ‘strained’.
“They are very different people and they just don’t get on. It’s as simple as that,” a source told the publication.
“They rarely see each other outside of official business.”
One point of contention between Charles and his sons is apparently when the pair discuss the emotional and psychological toll of their mother’s death had on them, in a bid to raise awareness about mental health.
The 70-year-old heir to the British throne reportedly “hates” the princes “emoting” their feelings so publicly.
Last year in a documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, William and Harry took part in the documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.
The Duke of Sussex openly discussed how being forced to walk behind his mother’s coffin, in front of tens of thousands of onlookers affect him.
“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” Harry said in the documentary.
“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances.
“I don’t think it would happen today.”
Some of the tensions between Charles and his sons also reportedly comes down to jealousy.
Charles felt “usurped” by the Middleton family after his eldest son Prince William married Kate, Tom Bower claimed in his unauthorised royal biography Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles.
“Charles saw Kate and William as the new stars and feared he’d be in trouble,” the chief executive of Charles’ charity foundation in America, Robert Higdon, told the author.
However despite claims of their “strained” relations, when Meghan Markle’s father was not able to make to the royal wedding in May, Charles stepped in to walk her down the aisle.
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