Saturday 17 November 2018

Prince Charles and Meghan Markle have bonded over their 'dysfunctional families'

(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Meghan attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, with Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, in London, Britain May 22, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters
Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Group shot: The family snap with Meghan centre stage. Photo: Getty Images
Meghan Markle (L) in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watched by (middle row L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Page boy James, Viscount Severn, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain's Lady Louise Windsor, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, (front row L-R) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Prince Charles; Prince of Wales Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Britain's Prince Charles and daughter-in-law Meghan Markle have formed a "remarkable bond" over their "dysfunctional families", according to a new report.

Charles's personal struggles with his parents have been well-documented over the years and his relationship with his three younger siblings - Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne - is somewhat fraught as a result of his preparation for a life as next in line to the throne. A story published in the Mail on Sunday says that it is the painful reality of his personal life that has allowed him to bond so quickly with Meghan, whose own family drama has been publicised around the world.

"Because there’s been bad behaviour that’s caused problems in his family, Charles understands how difficult it must be for Meghan. And it has endeared her to him even more," a source told the paper.

Another added: "Whatever they felt inside, they’ve both put on a strong public face and not hidden away."

Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Charles walked Meghan up the aisle during her May wedding as a welcome-to-the-family gesture after her father Thomas Markle pulled out at the last minute as he claimed he was suffering with heart problems.

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Earlier this year, it was reported that Meghan had bonded the quickest with Camilla, who is also a late arrival into the royal family, at least formally, before their 2005 wedding.

Meghan's arrival has also proven beneficial for Charles's fractured relationship with his son, and the trio enjoyed a Scottish holiday together over the summer.  A new profile on Prince Charles in Vanity Fair quotes an insider, saying: "They clearly really like each other. There is real warmth and support. Camilla has been very helpful to Meghan."

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