King Charles' cousin has slammed the royal family for the treatment of Meghan Markle over the years, going so far as to call it "treasonous".
Christina Oxenberg, a descendent of Serbian royalty and Charles' third cousin, revealed in an interview with The New York Post that the royal family has a long history of hazing newcomers, especially women dating family members, and only those who are "tough as nails" will survive.
"To Meghan Markle, I say, 'What you are going through is a hellish kind of hazing,'" Christina, whose mother is Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, said. "If she can just hang in there, someone else will come along who can take the heat. Nobody gets a pass."
She added that not even Kate Middleton got through scot-free.
Speaking of Kate, Christina recalled how the royal family found it funny when the British press labelled the now Princess of Wales as "Kate Middle Class" when she and William first began dating.
Christina also spoke of the hazing Princess Michael of Kent, née Marie Christine von Reibnitz, a baroness of Czech-German lineage, received when she began dating Prince Michael of Kent.
"She was treated the same way Meghan [has been] treated — with this mocking and lack of respect," she said.
Christina added that she believes the family is being particularly brutal with Meghan purely because she's a "foreigner", not due to her "skin colour".
However, she called Meghan's treatment by the British press and some members of the royal family "treasonous".
"She is Harry’s choice of wife," she said. "By their own metrics they have called it a class system. They came up with that system, [by which] you have to respect Harry’s choice."
The Queen's major Harry and Meghan regret
It comes after the new book The New Royals claims the Queen was "hurt and exhausted" by Harry and Meghan's decision to step down as senior royals, according to an expert in Vanity Fair.
However, she also had one major regret, wishing she'd been able to spend more time with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.
The Queen first met Lilibet, who is named after Her Majesty's childhood nickname, in June, when the family was in the UK for the Platinum Jubilee.
It was the only time she was able to spend time with her great-granddaughter before her death on September 8.
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