What does it take to bond with a set of royal in-laws? In Meghan Markle's case, it was a shared love of art and history and a whole lot of family drama.
Meghan's tumultuous relationship with her father and half siblings has repeatedly made headlines before and since May 19 wedding to Prince Harry (case in point: her father was caught staging and selling paparazzi photos of himself, and her sister wrote a book called The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister, among many, many other things), but there’s at least one silver lining to all of it: The situation with her own family has helped the Duchess of Sussex become closer with her in-laws.
“Anyone who thinks the soap-opera antics of Meghan’s father, half-sister and half-brother have affected Charles’s feelings for his new daughter-in-law couldn’t be more wrong,” wrote Angela Levin, a reporter for The Daily Mail who spent a year following Prince Charles. “On the contrary, I was told by an immaculate source close to the Prince. ‘There have been so many traumas and crises within the personal life of the Royal Family, from the Duke of Windsor onwards. And many Royal divorces. That’s why the Duchess of Sussex’s troubled family background has endeared her to Charles even more.”
Meghan and Charles’ close relationship became evident on the day of the royal wedding, when he was the one chosen to walk her down part of the aisle and give her away to Prince Harry. Furthermore, Charles reportedly gifted Markle with a diamond tennis bracelet in honor of her nuptials, which Meghan has been seen sporting several times, including during her royal tour in Australia and Fiji.
But it isn’t just her family drama that has helped to bond the future king with his new daughter-in-law. “They have bonded over art, history and culture. Meghan is particularly keen to learn about earlier Royals and the artists who have painted them. The Prince believes she is ‘incredibly smart’ and, having been trained by the Hollywood machine, is uniquely equipped to cope with the endlessly scrutinized life of a Royal,” Levin reports.
In addition to Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles also seems to have taken kindly to Meghan — in part because both women joined the royal family from “the outside.” “Camilla goes out of her way to find time to spend with Meghan, to get to know her and make her feel welcome. She’s the ideal mother-in-law,” writes Levin.
With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first child on the way, it's safe to say there are some seriously doting grandparents in his or her future.