The party was being held in honour of Charles’s 70th birthday and as they were leaving, Camilla grabbed Meghan’s hand as she kissed her goodbye.
And author Andrew Morton writes in his updated biography Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, it was a rare gesture that showed “genuine affection” to Meghan.
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He says: “On 22 May 2018, when the Duchess of Cornwall, the future queen consort, held the hand of the new Duchess of Sussex during a garden party to celebrate Prince Charles’s seventieth birthday at Buckingham Palace, this rare royal gesture was a sign of how quickly the American actor had been accepted and treated with genuine affection by the Royal Family.
“On that day, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who had previously advised Kate Middleton on the finer points of protocol during her royal apprenticeship, was, without saying a word, signalling to the watching world that Meghan was now ‘one of us’.”
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Since that day in 2018, Harry and Meghan have both quit as senior royals and left the UK to pursue a new life in California with their children Archie and Lilibet.
And much has been made of the relationship between Harry and his father Prince Charles.
In an interview several months after moving to the U.S, Harry claimed that his family had “literally cut me off” financially and that he had been “let down” by Charles.
And in August, a royal insider came forward to claim that the rift caused by Megxit has done irreversible damage when it comes to the bond not just between Harry and Charles, but b etween Camilla and Meghan as well.
They told the Telegraph : “I don’t think the Duchess will ever forgive Meghan for what she’s done to the Prince of Wales.”
Andrew’s Morton’s updated version of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess is on sale online and in bookshops across the country from October 14.