By Emma Dooney
Camilla Parker Bowles may take on the unlikely role of peacemaker this Christmas if Meghan and Harry return to the UK, royal experts have revealed.
- Camilla Parker Bowles could be the peacemaker at the Royal Family's Christmas celebrations this year, royal experts say.
- The Duchess of Cornwall has reportedly shown "affection" to Meghan Markle in the past, and could therefore be the perfect candidate to help her readjust to the Royal Family after nearly two years away.
- In other royal news, Buckingham Palace could be destroyed by floods, warn climate scientists.
After the hectic year they’ve had, Christmas 2021 for the Royal Family is gearing up to be quite the dramatic occasion.
The Queen hasn't exactly had it easy over the past eighteen months, having lost her husband of 73 years in the spring and watched the heartbreaking breakdown of her family dynamic unfold on the public stage. If that wasn't stressful enough, she's been unable to fulfil her royal engagements as per usual, with COVID-19 restrictions greatly limiting her freedom to travel.
However, it looks like things are finally getting back to normal for the 95-year-old monarch.
It’s expected that Meghan and Harry will bring Lilibet to the UK for Christmas for her first in-person meeting with her great-grandmother—a reunion that will also mark the Duchess of Sussex’s first trip back to Britain since she and her husband emigrated to the US in early 2020. (Harry has already returned twice; once for Prince Philip’s funeral in April and then again for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue in July).
The highly-anticipated visit in December has been identified by royal experts as a potential turning point in the couple’s strained relationship with their UK relatives. With several months having now passed since Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah—in which they made allegations of racism against Buckingham Palace—it’s hoped that tensions will have eased and the famous family can finally patch things up.
"Christmas is being looked at as an opportunity," Katie Nicholl told Closer magazine in September. "There may be a softening, which could pave the way for healing of the family rift."
“It’s certainly what the Queen wants. Prince Charles would like to see his grandchildren. A meet-up suggests they hope to move on and sort things out.”
However, recent developments in the ongoing Royal Family drama may make this ‘meet-up’ a bit frostier than expected.
It has now been revealed that the Queen will not be at Lilibet’s christening, with Meghan and Harry reportedly opting to baptize their second child at an Episcopal Church in California rather than Windsor Castle in England.
This decision to break the tradition of christening new members of the Royal Family into the Church of England coincides with the news that Harry will not return to the UK for a reception in honor of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace next week.
With their actions reportedly angering both Prince Charles and Prince William, Meghan and Harry could benefit from an ally once they finally arrive for their Royal Family Christmas at Sandringham House this December. Camilla Parker Bowles has been identified as the surprising candidate to help the pair survive the festive season, with royal experts noting her history of “affection” towards the Duchess of Sussex in particular.
The two women may be from totally different generations and backgrounds, but the future Queen-consort has reportedly always had a soft spot for her American step-niece. Duchess Camilla’s intimate gesture towards Meghan in 2018 has been interpreted as a sign that she welcomes her into the family, suggesting a solid rapport between the pair.
Prince Charles also has a history of being kind to his daughter-in-law, reportedly calling Meghan this secret nickname when she first married Prince Harry.
Looks like a Royal Family reconciliation mightn't be off the cards after all.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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