Prince Charles knew Meghan would cause problems as Queen can be the only strong woman in the family, says author
The Prince of Wales and Meghan share a close relationship after he walked her down the aisle during her wedding to Prince Harry
Prince Charles foresaw that Meghan Markle joining the royal family could cause "problems" because there was "only room for one strong royal woman — the Queen," a royal author has claimed.
Nigel Cawthorne, who has penned over 150 books, including, 'Prince Andrew, Epstein, and the Palace,' said that Charles, 71, was fond of Meghan for her headstrong personality but that he was aware it wouldn't be embraced as well by everyone. "I think he [Prince Charles] likes strong women, but in The Firm, there is only room for one Queen," he told the Sun. "I think he foresaw considerable problems ahead for The Firm."
Cawthorne also spoke of how the Princes of Wales was a traditionalist who was worried about the Sussexes' growing popularity worldwide because it meant more exposure and he wanted to keep the monarchy "small in size."
"Harry and Meghan amplified the popularity of the royal family in the way that Prince Andrew and Fergie did at the time," he explained. "However, for the sake of The Firm, he will feel this outcome is better that the monarchy is small in size rather than a constellation of stars in separate orbits."
Prince Harry and Meghan officially stepped down as senior members of the royal family at the end of March, and after a brief stint in Canada's Vancouver Island, have moved to Los Angles, California, where they are now isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.
Announcing their decision to make their exit from the monarchy, the couple had said, "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution." They also said they wanted to "work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen" and were planning to split their time between North America and the United Kingdom.
Cawthorne revealed Charles "genuinely made an attempt to support what Harry and Meghan were looking for as long as it wouldn’t upset other HRH’s" but that "there wasn’t a lot he could do apart from offering moral support."
"He, no doubt, personally regrets the fact that he won’t see his son and family as much as he otherwise would have," the author said. "He likes tradition and order."
According to Buckingham Palace sources, Charles and Meghan developed a close relationship after he walked her down the aisle in the absence of her father during her royal wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. The pair reportedly share a keen interest in all things art, culture, and history. Charles even lovingly calls her 'Tungsten,' a metal known for its robustness and strength, qualities which he feels are characteristic of Meghan.
"Meghan was initially christened ‘Tungsten’ by Prince Charles — because she is tough and unbending, just like the very strong metal — and the affectionate name has stuck," according to a source cited by the Daily Mail. "Prince Charles admires Meghan for her strength and the backbone she gives Harry, who needs a tungsten-type figure in his life as he can be a bit of a softy. It’s become a term of endearment."