Duchess Camilla's four-letter nickname for Meghan Markle revealed as Sussexes remain silent on Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Camilla would use the word to describe Meghan in the aftermath of her withdrawal from the Royal Family, according to a royal biographer

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Duchess Camilla used a derogatory nickname for Meghan Markle after she and Prince Harry withdrew from the British monarchy, a royal expert has claimed. 

Camilla Parker Bowles had an unkind nickname for Meghan Markle in the aftermath of her departure from the Royal Family with Prince Harry, according to a royal biographer. 

English writer Tom Bower has claimed that the Duchess of Cornwall referred to the former Suits star as 'that minx' on multiple occasions, after growing increasingly frustrated with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's public criticisms of their British relatives. 

Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior royals in January 2020 and moved to California, where they are currently pursuing a number of projects independent of the Crown. Their high-profile withdrawal was followed by a slew of negative comments about their experience in the Royal Family, including allegations of racism against Buckingham Palace in March 2020. 

The couple, who now lives in a £14 million Santa Barbara mansion with their two children, has reportedly yet to reconcile with their UK family—and it looks like they're not about to bridge the rift anytime soon. 

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Not only did they fail to congratulate Her Majesty on her Platinum Jubilee 2022 last week, but they also remained silent after the Queen's appointment of Camilla as Queen-Consort when Charles ascends the throne. 

It's now understood that Camilla, who tested positive for Covid earlier today, has never been a big fan of Meghan and Harry's relationship. According to Bower, she was particularly skeptical of the American actress' commitment to her royal duties after enjoying a life of relative freedom in the US. 

"She found it hard to believe that Meghan would sacrifice her career and independence to serve silently as a team player devoted to the monarchy," he told the Sun. 

When Meghan and Harry began to slate the Royal Family in the press, she 'provided the comfort and good advice' to reassure Prince Charles 'that had done the best he could' as a father. 


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It was also during this period of 'endless, tortured and inconclusive conversations' that the 74-year-old started to refer to the Duchess of Sussex as 'that minx'. It's understood that, while she typically remained fairly 'tight-lipped' when discussing Meghan, she couldn't help but use the questionable term from time to time.  

This isn't the first time a senior royal has called the Duchess of Sussex by a different moniker. Prince Charles also invented an unconventional nickname for Meghan and even used it to her face before she withdrew as senior royal, according to journalist Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon. 

Unlike 'minx', however, the Prince of Wales' term for his daughter-in-law—'tungsten'— was more endearing than offensive. It's been reported that the future King created it after noting how well Meghan handled media scrutiny, having experienced his own fair share of bad press over the years. 

Emma Dooney
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