Prince Harry Reflects on his First Meeting with Camilla in 'Spare'

"I recall wondering, right before the tea, if she’d be mean to me."

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In his memoir entitled "Spare," Prince Harry reflects on his introduction to Camilla.

Following the passing of Princess Diana, the Duke of Sussex recollects that his father, King Charles, was intent on marrying his paramour, Camilla.

He notes that their father arranged for individual meetings between both himself and his brother, Prince William, and their future stepmother.

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The Duke writes, "I told myself: No big deal. Just like getting an injection. Close your eyes, over before you know it. I have a dim recollection of Camilla being just as calm (or bored) as me.

"Neither of us much fretted about the other’s opinion. She wasn’t my mother, and I wasn’t her biggest hurdle. In other words, I wasn’t the Heir. This bit with me was mere formality."

He goes on to say, "I wonder what we found to talk about. Horses, probably. Camilla loved them, and I knew how to ride. Hard to think of any other subject we might’ve scrounged up.

"I recall wondering, right before the tea, if she’d be mean to me. If she’d be like all the wicked stepmothers in storybooks. But she wasn’t. Like Willy, I did feel real gratitude for that."

On 8 September 2022, Camilla became queen consort when her husband ascended the throne upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II.

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