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Royal Family: Prince William makes it clear that Camilla is not 'step-grandmother' to George, Charlotte and Louis

MyLondon 05/10/2022 Maisie Lillywhite & Hannah Cottrell

Prince William has reportedly made it clear that Camilla, Queen Consort is not a 'step-grandmother' to his three children. According to a royal biographer, William and Kate's children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have 'two grandfathers but only one grandmother'.

When Camilla first joined the Royal Family with the marriage to King Charles III in 2005, her public reception was rather frosty following the death of Diana and the history of her tumultuous relationship with Charles. Now, she is generally regarded as a respected figure within the monarchy - although a new book claims that her relationship with some royals are slightly reserved.

Royal biographer Angela Levin explores how Camilla integrated herself within the family in her book titled Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort. There, Levin claims that William 'has made it clear that Camilla is the wife of his father, but not a step-grandmother to his children', as reported in Cornwall Live.

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Despite the warm relationship between the royals now, it wasn't always plain sailing © Chris Jackson/Buckingham Palace Despite the warm relationship between the royals now, it wasn't always plain sailing

By the sounds of it, Camilla had a difficult time in trying to cultivate the relationships between her husband's children and grandchildren over the years. After tying the knot with Charles, Levin examined how Camilla approached William and Harry.

The biographer wrote: "William and Harry were 23 and 20 respectively when Camilla officially became their step-mother in 2005. She was more of a friendly grown-up they saw occasionally at royal gatherings.

"She tried to be encouraging rather than influential. 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."

Another royal biographer, Tina Brown wrote in her book, The Palace Papers, that William and Harry 'tolerated' their stepmother, but they never warmed to her. The feeling appeared to be the same amongst some sections of the public following Camilla's arrival into the Royal Family, and she was left without a warm welcome from the British people.

According to a royal biographer, William and Kate's children have 'two grandfathers but only one grandmother' © Getty According to a royal biographer, William and Kate's children have 'two grandfathers but only one grandmother'

Brown explained that off the back of the frostiness, Charles enlisted the help of a PR executive named Mark Bolland back in 1996 in a bid to improve how he was perceived by the public. The book claims that Mr Bolland also helped Camilla 'win acceptance' from the public, thanks to his links with the newspaper industry.

Ms Brown wrote: "One carefully managed myth peddled by Bolland was that the boys had warmed to Camilla. But they tolerated her at best. In his early thirties, Harry was still complaining bitterly to friends that Camilla had converted his old bedroom at Highgrove, Charles's Gloucestershire estate, into an elaborate dressing room for herself."

However, Camilla's reception amongst the royals seems to have improved slightly over the years. In Prince William: Born to be King by Penny Junor, a royal source claimed: "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. 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."

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."

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