Meghan Markle has had a well-documented turbulent relationship with senior members of the royal family since marrying Prince Harry in 2018 – but the Duchess of Sussex initially enjoyed a close bond with King Charles, according to a royal author.
The former Suits actress reportedly “struck up a quick friendship” with the monarch and saw him as “a second father” with Charles known to be fond of his “sassy and confident” daughter-in-law.
Although a barrage of controversy including the Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey and a Netflix special has since marred royal relations, the pair were said to have got off to a great start.
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Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s book “Finding Freedom” detailed how King Charles admired Meghan’s toughness.
His pal told the royal authors: “She's a sassy, confident beautiful American. He likes very strong, confident women.
“She's bright and she's self-aware, and I can see why they've struck up a very quick friendship.”
Whilst a mate of Meghan’s said the Duchess of Sussex “found such a supportive and loving father in Charles, which has really changed her life for the better”.
The book explained how her past as an actress gave a further boost to their relationship as whilst studying at Cambridge University, Charles was involved in the Dryden Society, Trinity College's drama group.
He wrote his own material and appeared in sketches during his time there.
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Whilst another source confirmed to the authors: “The Prince of Wales has always been fond of people from the Arts, like Emma Thompson, who he's been mates with for years.”
But in light of a troubled few years, royal commentators reckon the Duke and Duchess have a long way to go before they can enjoy a peaceful reunion with their family.
Royal expert Daniela Elser thinks the King did not seem too intent on repairing the relationship during the official mourning period for late Queen Elizabeth, with Harry travelling separately to Balmoral and put in the second row of the Westminster Abbey service.
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