The British royal family has a long history of hazing newcomers – especially women who date family members – and only those who are ‘tough as nails’ tend to survive, a cousin of King Charles has claimed III in an exclusive interview with The New York Post.
“To Meghan Markle, I say, ‘What you’re going through is some kind of hellish hazing,'” said Christina Oxenberg, a descendant of Serbian royalty who counts King Charles III as a third cousin.
“If she can just hang on, someone else will come who can handle the heat. Nobody gets a pass.
Including, she added, Kate Middleton.
Oxenberg, 59, is a writer and fashion designer and the younger sister of actress Catherine Oxenberg. Their mother is Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, who Oxenberg says was once very close to Charles.
Oxenberg, who has lived among the British Royal Family most of her life, recalled the snobbery once whispered behind the back of the new Princess of Wales.
When Prince William, now heir to the throne, dated Middleton before their wedding in 2011, the royal family found it quite funny that the British press referred to her as “Middle Class Kate,” Oxenberg said.
According to ExpressCamilla – now the Queen consort – is said to have referred to Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael, as My stepfather, my parents and me.
“They thought it was all very funny – Kate Middle Class and Sarah Ferguson and Koo Stark,” Oxenberg said. “They didn’t mean any disrespect; after all, she is the future Queen of England.
Stark, an American actress and photographer, dated Prince Andrew for 18 months in the early 1980s before her mother, Queen Elizabeth, ended the relationship. Although she was initially fond of Stark, who bought Andrew his first pair of jeans, the monarch quickly stepped in once the British press unearthed the actress’ appearances in softcore porn films, making it made an unlikely match for the prince.
“It was a very flimsy reason,” Oxenberg said. The post office. “There’s a good example of how you can suffer as a royal for no good reason.”
“They were both really in love,” she added of Andrew and Stark. “They were soul mates and he was prevented from marrying his soul mate. If he had married her, things would be different today.
Andrew, who was married to Sarah Ferguson from 1986 to 1996, was entangled in a friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein – and in March the prince settled with sex abuse accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, paying her £12 million after saying she was forced to sleep with him three times when she was 17.
Oxenberg herself has admitted she was a former confidante of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is appealing a 20-year sentence following her conviction for helping procure young women and girls for Epstein.
Among the other royals who received their share of hazing, Oxenberg said, was Princess Michael of Kent, born Marie Christine von Reibnitz, a baroness of Czech-German lineage.
When Prince Michael of Kent, a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, married von Reibnitz in 1978, the British royal family was delighted to give him a hard time, Oxenberg told the Post.
“She was treated the same way Meghan (was) treated – with this mockery and disrespect,” she said. “We always used to make fun of her because she kept talking about the Royals as ‘delicious cousins’. All of this (the hazing) was done out of habit and not full of hatred and violent conspiracy. I was a witness.”
Oxenberg was 16 at the time and was going through her own tribulations with her mother, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, a second cousin of King Charles III. While still married to Howard Oxenberg, a New York clothing manufacturer, Princess Elizabeth became engaged to actor Richard Burton, when he was between marriages to Elizabeth Taylor. (Burton and the princess never married.)
With Meghan, who married Prince Harry in 2018, the hazing has been particularly brutal, according to Oxenberg. “They’re tough, they’re tough on strangers,” she said. “It’s not about your skin color, it’s about being a stranger.”
Yet she called the treatment of Meghan by the British press – which analyzes her every move, particularly at Monday’s funeral of Queen Elizabeth – and some members of the royal family as nothing short of “betrayal”.
“She is Harry’s chosen bride,” Oxenberg said. “By their own measures, they called it a class system. They came up with this system, (by which) you have to respect Harry’s choice.
This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.