Inside Prince William’s relationship with step-mum Camilla from ‘huge rows’ to Kate’s intervention

Just this week, the Queen made a statement declaring that the Duchess of Cornwall has her full blessing to one day become Queen Consort.

And another member of the royal family who is happy for Camilla to take the title when Prince Charles is King, is her stepson Prince William, who is second-in-line to the throne.

According to reports, William is said to be “happy” with his grandmother’s wishes for his step-mother Camilla to become Queen Consort when his dad eventually takes the throne, writes The Mirror.

It is thought that William was not involved in the talks about Camilla’s title but is “respectful” of his grandmother’s decision.

It’s believed that William’s relationship with his stepmum and indeed his dad Charles has not been the easiest over the years.

However, now relations between William and the couple are said to be the best they’ve ever been as the Royal Family looks to the future.

So how did they turn their relationship around?

Charles and Camilla went public with their relationship in the early 2000s – several years after the death of Princess Diana – but William and brother Prince Harry were not pictured with her in public until 2001.

In her book Prince William: Born to be King, a palace source tells royal biographer Penny Junor: “I think the relationship between them all is warm now but if I’m honest, it wasn’t then. I think they found it hard .

William and Camilla chat at a service of thanksgiving for the Queen in 2016
William and Camilla chat at a service of thanksgiving for the Queen in 2016

“To be fair to Camilla, she never tried to be mummy but she was the ‘other woman’ and she was there and taking daddy’s time.”

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Meanwhile, a source told the Daily Mail: “There were huge family rows in the early stages of Charles and Camilla’s marriage as everyone found their feet. William didn’t have the best relationship with his father back then.”

Also in his book Battle of Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey claims that Camilla was taken back by William’s temper, reports the Express.

He wrote: “Harry has freely confessed to his own blazing temper from time to time – and as for his elder brother he has proved no sweet William when roused.

“In the years after her 2005 marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla has recounted to her own family and close friends her surprise at discovering this unexpected side to Prince Charming – ‘the boy’s got a temper!'”

The pair together at Trooping the Color in 2005
The pair together at Trooping the Color in 2005

He added: “Charles’s wife had been horrified at the ranting and raving that on occasion William had unleashed against her husband in her presence.”

Fast-forward to today, William and Charles are said to have a much closer relationship “built on love, affection and respect.”

This has apparently been forged in part by William’s wife the Duchess of Cambridge, who helped smooth over father and son relations and invited Charles to spend more time with his grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

These days William and Charles both share a passion for tackling climate change and recently William paid tribute to this father for his work in this area.

And even though William is not reported to be “particularly close” to Camilla they enjoy a good supportive relationship and he realizes that she makes his dad happy.

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Charles with his sons William and Harry
Charles with his sons William and Harry

A source told the Daily Mail: “He is not particularly close to his stepmother but they get on perfectly well and are quite the blended family now.

“He also respects his grandmother and her judgment more than anything in the world. If it is right for her, then it will be right for him.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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