The Truth About William And Harry's Hidden Step-Sister
There are many stories in history regarding royal people who slowly fall out of the picture, and the public forgets they even existed. Even the children of major monarchs are forgotten because they are not directly in line to the throne. Luckily, the world gives enough attention to Princes William and Harry equally. However, they do have a stepsister that very few people know about. There is a reason she stays away from the spotlight, and it wasn’t even her fault. Let’s find out more about this complicated fact about the British Royal family.
THE FAIRYTALE WAS NOT REAL
The world remembers the wedding held in the summer of 1981. Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, was finally walking down the aisle to Lady Diana Spencer. It was something out of a Disney animated film, and people gathered around their television to watch these two royals tie the knot. Everyone thought that they were the perfect couple and would live happily for the rest of their lives. Sadly, their relationship was not what they portrayed for the public. It seems that the future king was still in love with a former lover, Camilla Parker Bowles.
HE COULDN’T MARRY THE WOMAN HE LOVED
Royal fans know that Prince Charles actually met Camilla way before Diana was even in the picture. But, they were not allowed to be together. It would have saved a lot of people so much trouble, although things would have been way different for their families. Unfortunately, Camilla Parker Bowles was deemed inappropriate for the future heir of the throne and unfit for marriage. She did not come from an aristocratic background, and people suspected that she was not a virgin either. Although they were forced to end their relationship, they never forgot each other.
SHE KNEW ABOUT THE MISTRESS
During the years of their scandal, the public thought that poor Diana had been hoodwinked the entire time, but later declarations revealed that the Princess of Wales knew about her husband’s mistress. Additionally, she also hated Camilla. Some palace insiders have stated that the princess called Camilla “the Rottweiler”. It might have been unpleasant, but Parker Bowles was the reason Prince Charles could never love his wife. Diana’s marriage was falling apart, and there was no way to stop it. Also, Camilla also had a nickname for the princess.
THE PHONE CONVERSATION
One of the major scandals that broke out regarding this torrid affair was a 1989 phone call between Princes Charles and Camilla. The recordings reached the media in 1993, but the whole exchange happened when the Prince and Princess of Wales were still married and seemingly alright. Furthermore, what was said in the conversation was not something anyone expected from someone in the royal family.
THE RACY CONVERSATION
It might seem like nothing now because is used to “sexting” or having sexy conversations with their loved ones. However, the royal family lived under a loop, and everything they did was judged by the public. In the recording, Charles can be heard saying, “The trouble is I need you several times a week,” and he continues with, “I’ll just live inside your trousers or something. It would be much easier!” The lovers joked that Prince Charles should become a pair of “knickers” (panties) or even a female hygiene product. The media called the scandal “Camillagate”.
THERE WERE ALWAYS THREE PEOPLE
The Princess of Wales was beloved by the public for being so different from any other previous royal family member. Therefore, everyone was upset that her husband would so blatantly cheat on her. When Diana and Charles separated, though, the princess had an interview with the BBC in 1995, where she revealed, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” Therefore, the affair was not a secret to Diana. It was still shocking, and people felt even more sympathy for her. However, the love for her children never wavered no matter what happened.
THE LEGACY FOR HER SONS
The way she and Prince Charles raised Princes William and Harry changed everything for the royal family. Diana wanted to be a hands-on mother, but it was customary for the kids to be sent off with nannies. However, the princess wanted to be a great mother, who taught her children what life was like outside the palace. She would build her schedule around her sons instead of trying to fit them in some time with her appointments.
WILLIAM AND HARRY LOVED HER
To this day, it’s clear that Diana’s son will never forget her. They still remember how she worked so hard to get to live a life that was different from other royal members. The princes said that their childhood was as fun and normal as it could be in their situation. In 2016, a television documentary called ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’ was broadcasted, and Prince Harry recalled, “Behind closed doors, she was a loving mother and an incredibly funny person.”
REMEMBERING THEIR MOTHER FONDLY
Prince William also had a lot to say about his mother, who they lost so early in their lives. “She was very informal and really enjoyed the laughter and the fun,” he said revealed in the special program. “She was a massive card writer and she loved the rudest cards you could imagine. I would be at school and I’d get a card from my mother… But I didn’t open it in case teachers or anyone else in the class had seen it.” It’s hard to imagine someone in the royal family being so cheeky and funny.
THE TRAGIC END TO A WONDERFUL SOUL
The world received terrible news after the night of August 31, 1997, when Princess Diana got into a horrible car accident, and she passed away at a young age. The accident only emphasized the fact that the media had hounded the princess so hard that it eventually led to the crash. Prince William was 15, while Prince Harry was 12 years old at the time of her death. Once again, people from all over gathered in front of their television to see the boys at the funeral, along with their grandfather and uncle, as they walked the coffin to her resting place.
PRINCE CHARLES’ IMAGE WAS HORRIBLE
Although the couple had gotten divorced before the accident, Prince Charles’ standing was still horrible with the public. No one was happy, and many people speculated that if the divorce – or the affair – had not happened, maybe Diana would still be alive. After all, the Princess of Wales was in Paris with her current lover when tragedy struck. Additionally, the royal family stepped back and didn’t mourn with the people of Britain.
THE PRESS WERE GUNNING FOR BLOOD
The media was eager to blame someone for this situation, and they hounded Camilla Parker Bowles to a comment. However, she stayed quiet about it all, which was smart for her. In 2019, royal insider Julia Cleverdon revealed to the Daily Express, “That must have been an appalling period for her, and I thought she was courageous and humble and decent. [Charles] was in agony about it – he really, really was.” Despite the end of the relationship, the prince was in pain after the accident.
HE DID SOMETHING WRONG
He might have been grieving at the time, but Prince Charles did something that angered the public even more. He decided to start dating Camilla once again. The Prince of Wales loved her in a way no one could understand. Camilla had also separated from her husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, at the time. As a couple, they set about restoring Camilla’s horrible image, as well as Charles’. Luckily, they succeeded because they walked the aisle in 2005, and she became the new Duchess of Cornwall.
HIS SONS WERE VITAL
Despite what the public believes, Princes William and Harry did not exactly hate Camilla, and they helped their father move on. They developed close relationships with the Duchess of Cornwall, although she would never replace their mother. She attended events with them. In 2005, during the interview for his 21st birthday, Prince William said, “She’s always been very close to me and William. She’s not the wicked stepmother. I’ll say that right now.”
WHAT DID PRINCE HARRY THINK?
During the interview, Prince Harry also talked about his opinion of Camilla. He said, “She’s made our father very, very happy, which is the most important thing. William and I love her to bits.” Thanks to the princes, the public was able to get over the hate that surrounded the duchess. In 2015, a public poll in Britain revealed that people thought Camilla should be titled Queen when Prince Charles ascended the throne.
PROBLEMS WITH THEIR WEDDING
Although things seemed great, and they had received permission from their mother to get married, the Queen did not actually attend the ceremony. The reason is that she is the head of the Church of England, which does not recognize divorce. Both the prince and his intended were divorced, and therefore, went against their beliefs. Luckily, she did attend the blessing and the reception as well.
HIS SPEECH AT THE WEDDING
The public might find out a bit regarding what happens at the reception of a royal wedding, but it’s always hard to say what is true. Apparently, Prince Charles stood up to make his own speech at the party. Some attendees said that the prince thanked his bride, “whose precious optimism and humor have seen me through”. He also thanked his mother, Prince William, and Prince Harry, “my sons – they would be annoyed if I called them my children.” Charles added, “Down with the press.”
After the marriage, Camilla became a staple in the royal family as the Duchess of Cornwall. But, her children stayed away from the public eye. Most people might not even know she had children with her former husband, Andrew. The kids, Tom and Laura, were able to live their lives despite how much was written about their mother. No matter the time, the media was not interested in them at all.
THEY WERE MENTIONED IN THE TAPES
Despite their lack of presence in the press, the children had actually been discussed in the saucy recordings between Camilla and Charles. The duchess told the prince to call her “before I have these rampaging children around,” and continued, “It’s Tom’s birthday tomorrow.” Charles asked her when the children would wake up, and she said, “Well, usually Tom never wakes up at all, but as it’s his birthday tomorrow, he might just stagger out of bed.”
TOM IS MORE RECOGNIZED
Between Tom and Laura, Camilla’s son is definitely more in the spotlight. He writes for The Mail on Sunday and is a food critic for Esquire. Meanwhile, his sister has lived a quiet life away from the media. She walked down the aisle with Harry Lopes, an accountant, in 2006. Of course, their wedding was not “newsworthy” like Prince William and Prince Harry’s nuptials.
THE PRINCES WENT TO THE WEDDING
Although the event was not as widely talked about as the royal weddings of the decade, Princes William and Harry did attend their stepsister’s special day. Additionally, Kate Middleton was there. You might remember that back in 2006, she was still dating William and had not even joined the royal family yet. Laura rocked a silk dress designed by Robinson Valentine just like her mother did for her own wedding to Prince Charles.
THE STEP-SIBLINGS AT THE ROYAL WEDDING
The public might not know about their relationship with the royal family, but they have to be a bit close at it because Tom and Laura were invited to Prince William and Kate’s amazing royal wedding in 2011. In fact, Laura's daughter, Eliza, who was just three years old back then, was a bridesmaid for the big day. She even appears in several pictures of the wedding, particularly on this shot at the palace balcony as Prince Charles, her step-grandfather, holds her.
A TOY FROM HER STEP-UNCLE
Other pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding show Eliza with a toy worm that Prince Harry gave her. “Harry pulled this wiggly worm out of his pocket in the carriage to keep [the children] amused,” revealed Camilla to the Daily Mirror at a function just a couple of days after the nuptials. “Eliza loved it so much that she wouldn’t let go, and it even made the official photographs.” What a lovely gesture from her step-uncle!
LAURA’S OTHER CHILDREN
Eliza is Laura’s eldest daughter, but she and her husband have other two kids. In fact, they have twins named Louis and Gus, which means that yes there was a Louis in the family before William and Kate’s Prince Louis. Of course, Louis is a common name for men in the United Kingdom, especially in the royal family. Either way, both children are step-cousins who share the same name. Meanwhile, Tom has kids as well: a son named Freddy and a daughter named Lola.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT WEDDING
Naturally, the step-siblings were invited to another major wedding in the royal family. Of course, we are talking about Prince Harry’s wedding to American actress Meghan Markle in 2018. The world had been waiting for the youngest son of Princess Diana to finally settle down, and it’s a huge deal that he chose an American woman. Laura went with her husband, Harry Lopes, and Tom took his wife, Sara Buys. They took pictures along with the other guests at the event.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT LAURA?
It’s hard to say if Laura will appear more in the media than she already has. Clearly, her life is perfectly normal without the fuzz of the paparazzi. People know only a little about her, though. She is the manager of an art gallery, but that’s all the information any holds. Luckily, in an interview with The Mail on Sunday from 2015, her brother, Tom, revealed why no one might ever know more about them. Would you crave the spotlight or stay away from the media in her shoes?
THINGS WERE HARD
You can imagine that during the scandal between Prince Charles and Camilla things were rough for the rest of her family from the Parker Bowles side. Back then, the media hounded them for more information and were constantly following them to find any kind of tidbit they could. Some would even camp out outside their house. “When it first started, we thought it was entirely normal growing up to have five or six paparazzi hanging around,” Tom revealed. “We would go up there with binoculars and say, ‘Oh look, mummy, there’s five today.’”
THINGS WERE WORSE
It wasn’t enough that the paparazzi were constantly behind them, although they did not deserve it. Things would eventually become worse because the reporters followed them through traffic. You can imagine that after the tragic accident of Princess Diana, everyone was scared of such a situation. It seems that it was a common paparazzi move. Furthermore, poor Tom and Laura, who were just kids back then, were never taught how to deal with the media attention.
THEY ALSO HATED THE MEDIA
Princes William and Harry have often stated how they feel about the paparazzi, and they are justified, of course. Meanwhile, Tom and Laura also grew to abhor these people. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Tom said, “They’re bullies, half of these people, and they made you very angry.” Additionally, the weird situation affected their formative years. “All I wanted to do was smack them in the face and beat the hell out of them. But you couldn’t do that,” Tom continued.
TOM WAS IN HEADLINES
Of course, Tom never followed up on his desires, but unlike Laura, he has actually appeared in several headlines for other situations despite his best efforts to go unnoticed. While he was studying at Oxford back in 1995, he was photographed doing illegal substances like ecstasy and weed. Furthermore, in 1999, Tom was caught trying to sell cocaine to a strange man that later came out as an undercover reporter.
LAURA NEVER HAD ANY SCANDAL
Tom might have dabbled in some wild things and had some public trouble, but Laura has been completely away from any kind of situation that could draw media attention. There were some rumors that she was not on the best terms with Prince William back when they were teenagers in 1998. However, back then, they were both dealing with a lot of stuff including divorce, and the death of a loved one. Royal biographer Katie Nicholl, who wrote the book ‘Harry and William’ in 2010, said, “William and Laura used to have terrible fights over who was to blame for their broken homes.”
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN THE STEP-SIBLINGS?
Nicholls also said that a friend of the royal family confessed to her, “William would blame Camilla for all the hurt she had caused his mother, which would send Laura into a rage. Laura was not having any of it. She would take a hard line and fire back at William, ‘Your father has ruined my life.’” It seems that Tom and Laure were mocked at school for the situation with their mother and the heir to the throne.
SHE ALSO HATED CHARLES
Just like other children of divorce, Laura was resentful of Prince Charles, at least, according to Nicholls- claims. She revealed, “When Charles telephoned Camilla at the family home in Wiltshire, Laura would pick up an extension and shout down the receiver, ‘Why don’t you stop calling mummy and leave our family alone?’ She couldn’t care less that it was The Prince of Wales; she blamed him for breaking up her parents’ marriage and was not afraid to tell William so.”
STAYING AWAY FROM THE MEDIA
Everything we have uncovered regarding Laura’s life is clear evidence of why she has chosen to keep a low profile, even when her mother officially joined the royal family. However, the Duchess of Cornwall speaks about her children often, especially her daughter. During a 2017 interview with the Daily Mail, Camilla said that her family was vital to her survival during the years before she married Prince Charles. Back, then she was viewed as a monster by the public.
NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH PROBLEMS
As you might know already, when Prince Harry and Meghan announced their engagement, the paparazzi were all over them. Years later, they have hounded and written so many awful things about the Duchess of Sussex that Prince Harry is actually taking legal actions. Even Tom decided to step up to defend his step-sister-in-law. Even after delivering Harry’s first son, Archie, the horrible things haven’t stopped, and the royal family is done with it.
WHAT DID TOM SAY ABOUT MEGHAN?
Back in December 2018, when Meghan was still expecting little Archie, he appeared on the television talk show ‘Good Morning Britain’. Piers Morgan asked him if there was any advice he wanted to give to Meghan Markle. “I think she’s wonderful. How could I give advice about that? I think she should carry on what she’s doing,” Tom said. That’s exactly what fans of the couple think, but it’s hard to understand why there are so many malicious comments.
TOM TALKED ABOUT STAYING OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT
During the same talk show, Tom also talked about the reasons why his sister and he have always tried to stay away from the paparazzi. He revealed to the audiences at the studio and the spectators at home that they were “not quite part of the royal family to be honest”. Tom continued, “My mother married into it. She’s part of it. We’re the common children. We’re just on the side.” That makes sense because even fully-blooded royal family members are forgotten.
THEY COULD EARN ROYAL TITLES
While it doesn’t seem that Camilla’s children truly want anything to do with the royal family, there is still a chance that they could be considered more part of the family. When Prince Charles ascends the thrown, he could bestow titles on them if he saw fit. This could place them on a somewhat equal level with Princes William and Harry, although there would be no question regarding the line of succession. Prince William would still be the heir.
THE SECRET STEPSISTER WILL STAY THAT WAY
During an interview with the Daily Telegraph in 2017, Tom said that his stepbrothers are “lovely and proper”. Their presence at both of their weddings and vice-versa indicates that they have a great relationship, and after years of suffering during their teenage years, they have learned that being in the spotlight is not really something great. Laura has never talked about her relatives or given interviews. Therefore, even if given a title, she will probably keep away from the palace.
Many people would love to join the royal family in any capacity, but it seems that Camilla’s children did not enjoy what happened back in the 90s. It’s best to keep away in this situation. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who love the royal family. See you next time!
Source: Maternity Week