King Charles’ cousin said the “hazing” Duchess Meghan experienced had been “particularly brutal,” yet nobody got a pass, even Duchess Kate.
Duchess Kate allegedly received her share of “hazing” from the royals.
Someone in the Royal Family was reportedly blocked from marrying his soulmate.
Christina Oxenberg, King Charles III’s relative, said the British Royal Family hazed people who joined them, especially women dating in the family. The writer was of Serbian royal descent and King Charles’ third cousin.
Speaking to The Post, she claimed hazing had been happening in her cousin’s family for many years. The Serbian royal, 59, in September 2022, also revealed the traits newcomers had to have to survive in the family.
Christina Oxenberg and John Ryanhold at the Annual Patrick McMullan St. Patricks Day Party on March 17, 2008, in New York City | Source: Getty Images
She told the publication they had to be “tough as nails” to make it. Christina also tackled Duchess Meghan’s time in the monarchy and how she was allegedly mistreated, stating:
“To Meghan Markle, I say, ‘What you are going through is a hellish kind of hazing.'”
King Charles’ cousin suggested that if Meghan could hold on, someone would join the family and bare the brunt of the family because nobody got a pass. In that equation, the fashion designer included Princess Kate, formerly Duchess Kate.
She said her mother, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, used to be close to His Majesty. Christina believed the hazing Meghan got after marrying Prince Harry was brutal, adding how tough the royals were on foreigners, not because of skin color, but because one was an outsider.
Prince Charles and Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia at Smith’s Lawn, Windsor, in June 1975 | Source: Getty Images
However, the Serbian royal admitted that the treatment Meghan got from some Royal Family members and the British media was “treasonous.” King Charles’ cousin noted how the Duchess of Sussex was the choice Harry made for a wife.
She felt the system set by the royals had no choice but to respect Harry’s choice. Although Kate also allegedly got hazed by the family, the level at which it happened appeared milder than Meghan’s.
Kate’s “Hazing” by the Royal Family
According to The Post, Christina had lived among her cousin’s family for most of her life. She recalled how the British royals once showed their “snobbery” as they whispered about Kate even before she joined them as Prince William’s wife.
Kate Middleton before her graduation ceremony at the University of St. Andrews on June 23, 2005, in St. Andrews, Scotland | Source: Getty Images
While the couple was still dating, the British media called William’s then-girlfriend “Kate Middle Class,” and the royals allegedly found the term funny. However, the new Queen Consort, King Charles’ wife, Duchess Camilla, also had a bone to pick with Kate’s family.
Per Express, Carole and Michael Middleton, Kate’s parents, were called “Meet the Fockers,” a reference Camilla used to liken them to the disastrous in-laws in the movie. Christina explained that no disrespect was meant by the retorts, mainly because they all knew Kate was the future Queen.
Michael, Kate, and Carole Middleton at the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy on December 15, 2006, in Surrey, England | Source: Getty Images
Christopher Andersen’s book “Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne” claimed Camilla wasn’t a big fan of William’s then-girlfriend. The former contributing editor at Time magazine said the two women initially had a “rocky relationship.”
The Queen Consort allegedly disapproved of Kate not having a royal background and felt it made her “too lowly” to marry into the Royal Family. Camilla reportedly believed William’s girlfriend was beautiful “but rather dim.”
Duchess Kate and Duchess Camilla attending the Trooping The Colour Ceremony in London on June 16, 2012 | Source: Getty Images
King Charle’s wife was allegedly so against Kate that she even asked him to convince William to end their relationship. Andersen claimed the Queen Consort grew jealous of how famous Kate got and worried she and William would overshadow her and her husband.
In the book, the writer said Camilla hid for decades in the shadows as the monarch denounced her as “that wicked, wicked woman,” condemned her for being a “scheming adulteress,” and accused her of being the cause of Princess Diana’s death.
Carole Middleton and Duchess Camilla leave Westminster Abbey after the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011 | Source: Getty Images
Andersen claimed Camilla bid her time and looked after her image and was able to change the reputation she had and secure her place by King Charles’ side. She placed herself in the perfect position to be the future Queen.
While Camilla was known as the “Black Queen,” Kate was the opposite – the “White Queen.” The beautiful, intelligent, young, and gracious woman was more familiarly known as just Kate, and she won people’s hearts long before she and William married.
Andersen claimed that even though Kate didn’t have Camilla’s experience or pedigree, she was cunning and patient. The Princess could survive any royal drama, and marrying William before welcoming two heirs two the throne determined the fate of the monarchy.
Other People Who Received Hazing from Royals According to King Charles’ Cousin
According to reports, Meghan, Kate, and Camilla weren’t the only people who experienced some hazing from the Royal Family. In the 1980s, the Queen’s lastborn son, Prince Andrew, and Koo Stark allegedly dated for a year and six months.
Koo Stark and Prince Andrew during a reception following his official opening of the Canon Photographic Gallery in London on May 19, 1998 | Source: Getty Images
Andrew’s late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was reportedly the reason why the relationship ended. The late monarch allegedly liked Stark initially, but once her appearances in unsavory films came up, she instantly became unmatched for Andrew.
At the time, she [Christina Oxenberg] was 16, tackling the drama with her mother [Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia].
Koo Stark in London, in February 1984 | Source: Getty Images
Christina thought the American actress was booted out for a lame excuse, noting it was a good example of how one could be made to suffer as royalty for “no good reason.” She believed the former couple had a future before the monarch intervened.
Christina allegedly said the duo had been in love and described them as soul mates. She reportedly believed that if the couple had been allowed to marry, things would have been different today.
Koo Stark leaves Isleworth Crown Court in Isleworth, west London, on December 21, 2012 | Source: Getty Images
Andrew ended up getting married to the mother of his children, Sarah Ferguson, from 1986 until they divorced in 1996. In her The Post interview, Christina also noted how Princess Michael of Kent received her share of hazing.
When the late monarch’s first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, married the baroness of Czech-German lineage in 1978, the British Royal Family allegedly enjoyed giving her heartache. Christina explained how the hazing played out, saying:
“She was treated the same way Meghan [has been] treated — with this mocking and lack of respect.”
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and Richard Burton on October 18, 1974 | Source: Getty Images
King Charles’s cousin claimed they would tease the Princess because she referred to the British royals as “delicious cousins.” Christina, who said she was a mere witness, revealed that the hazing happened habitually and not because of violent plots or hatred.
At the time, she was 16, tackling the drama with her mother. Princess Elizabeth got engaged to actor Richard Burton while still married to Christina’s father, Howard Oxenberg, a New York dress manufacturer.
While the Princess was still married, Burton was between unions with actress Elizabeth Taylor. The marriage between actress Catherine Oxenberg and Christina’s mother with the actor never happened.
Duchess Meghan, 2019 | Princess Kate, 2012 | Source: Getty Images