It’s time to learn more about Prince William’s strained relationship with his stepmother, Queen Camilla. The Prince of Wales does not consider Camilla to be a step-grandmother to his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, according to royal author Angela Levin.
Levin makes this claim in her book Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort (via InStyle)writing“William has made it clear that Camilla is the wife of his father, but not a step-grandmother to his children” and that George, Charlotte, and Louis know they have “two grandfathers but only one grandmother.”
“William and Harry were 23 and 20, respectively, when Camilla officially became their stepmother in 2005,” Levin added. “She was more of a friendly grown-up they saw occasionally at royal gatherings. She tried to be encouraging rather than influential.”
She also explained that Camilla has no issues with how William feels, “Nor has she tried to take over any responsibility as a step-grandmother to the Cambridges’ children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Especially as Catherine’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, are so close.”
Speaking of Carole, last year Levin told The Sun that William and Kate’s mom is super close and that Carole makes him “feel secure, comfortable and protected and he didn’t have to worry about what he said or be responsible for her emotions.”
Levin also said that “William learned through the Middletons how a loving and supportive family works. It has been the bedrock of making Kate loving, calm, and confident.”
While William and Queen Camilla appear to get along fine, both he and Prince Harry were said to be “blindsided” by Queen Elizabeth’s decision to approve of her Queen Consort title. Author and royal expert Christopher Andersen told US Weekly, the decision was “driving a wedge” in the royal family, so here’s hoping everyone got over it!