Most Shocking Royal Family Feuds in History

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They may be royals, but life is not always a fairy tale for the British royal family.

Queen Elizabeth II, who became the longest-reigning British monarch in September 2015, has had to deal with a lot of drama over the years. Back in the ‘80s, the marriage of her son Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer rocked England after it was revealed the prince still had feelings for his ex Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Fast-forward to 2018 — when Duchess Meghan (née Markle) joined the family after she married Prince Harry — and multiple new family feuds were born. (Here’s looking at you, Thomas and Samantha Markle!)

Scroll through to revisit the most shocking royal feuds in history:

Princess Diana and Duchess Camilla

During Diana’s marriage to Charles, the prince began an affair with his former love Camilla. After the late princess learned about Charles’ relationship with Camilla, Diana asked to have a moment alone with her and approached her about the affair. “I’d just like you to know that I know exactly what is going on,” Diana told Camilla, according to archived recordings from National Geographic. “I do know what is going on. Don’t treat me like an idiot.”

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Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess Camilla

Author Tom Bower claimed in his 2018 biography about Charles, REBEL Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, that the queen called Camilla a “wicked women” after drinking a few martinis. “But on that evening she’d had several martinis, and to Charles’s surprise she replied forcefully: she would not condone his adultery, nor forgive Camilla for not leaving Charles alone to allow his marriage to recover,” Bower wrote.

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Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan

Reports first surfaced in November 2018 that sisters-in-law Kate and Meghan were not getting along. Speculation increased after the former actress and Harry decided to move from London to Windsor, which is further away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home in Kensington Palace. One source told Us at the time that Kate felt like “Meghan had used her to climb the royal ladder.”


Another insider told Us in January 2019, however, that the two women made up over Christmas at the queen’s request. “[The queen] reached her limit with all the drama,” the insider said. “She desperately wanted Meghan and Kate to make up and she got her wish!” Plus, the source added, “Being under the same roof meant that they couldn’t avoid each other.”


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Charles Spencer and the Royal Family

Following Diana’s death in 1997, her brother Charles Spencer came to her defense on multiple occasions. In July 2017, he spoke out about William and Harry being forced to walk behind their mother’s funeral cortége. “I was lied to and told that they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t,” he told BBC, calling the act “bizarre and cruel” and “the most horrifying half an hour of my life.” 


“It was the worst part of the day by a considerable margin, walking behind my sister’s body with two boys who were obviously massively grieving their mother,” Spencer explained. “It was a sort of bizarre circumstance where we were told you just have to look straight ahead.”


Harry echoed his uncle’s thoughts during an interview with Newsweek magazine in 2017: “My mother had just died and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. I don’t think any child should be asked to do that under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

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Duchess Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton

Author Christopher Anderson claimed in his 2016 book, Game of Crowns, that Camilla was “disgusted with William and Kate sucking up all the attention” while she was trying to win over the public after she married Charles in 2005. The author also alleged that Camilla tried to convince her stepson to break up with Kate in 2007, four years before their 2011 nuptials. While Kate and William did briefly split, they were back together within a matter of months. 

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Thomas Markle and the Royal Family

Meghan’s father first made headlines ahead of her May 2018 wedding to Harry when he was caught staging photos of himself with the paparazzi. (He later decided not to attend the nuptials or walk his daughter down the aisle amid the scandal and alleged health issues.) In the following months, Thomas trashed the British royal family to the press, alleging his daughter looked miserable and called her British in-laws “cult-like.” 


A source told Us in December 2018 that the Suits alum has “moved on” for her dad and “completely cut” him off. “It keeps getting worse and worse, he won’t stop. It’s shocking,” the source said. “There is no relationship change. Any other interviews are just an eye roll.”

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Samantha Markle and the Royal Family

Meghan’s estranged half-sister has been outspoken about her disdain for the royal family ever since news of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s engagement broke in November 2017. She has also referred to Meghan as “Cruella de Vil” and claimed she is writing two books about her younger sibling. 


In July 2018, Samantha admitted she was using the royal family to make money.  “Let’s face it, we all have to survive. Money makes the world go round, so if you want to call that cashing in, that’s fine,” she said on Good Morning Britain at the time. “I think no one in media would refuse a paycheck for talking about the royals and as a family, we’re not subject to royal protocol, certainly here in America.”

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Prince William and Prince Harry

After speculation that Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan did not get along died down, new reports surfaced that the brothers were actually the ones at odds. In March 2019, longtime royal filmmaker Nick Bullen claimed that William and Harry had a “rift” between them. “All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fallout at the moment is becoming public,” Bullen said at the time. “I think people don’t want to think about that with these two boys. These are two boys who lost their mother [Princess Diana] at a really early age, and the fairytale is that they are closer than ever and need each other, and I think that’s probably true. But equally they are two grown men in their 30s, starting their own families, different wives. They are moving to different parts of the country, different duties.”


Feud speculation was fueled after Harry arrived for Easter services in April 2019 separately from William and Kate. While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not interact with Harry outside of St George’s Chapel, a video of the royal family members happily chatting inside the church later surfaced. (Meghan, who was nine months pregnant at the time, did not attend the holiday services.)

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