Royals ‘betray’ Meghan Markle

British royalty have a long history of harassing newcomers, particularly women who are dating family members, and only those who are “tough as nails” tend to survive, a cousin of King Charles III said in an exclusive interview with The Post.

“To Meghan Markle I say, ‘What you’re going through is some kind of hazing from hell,'” said Christina Oxenberg, a descendant of Serbian royalty who counts King Charles III as a third cousin. “If she can hang in there, someone else will come along who can handle the heat. Nobody gets a pass.” Including, she added, Kate Middleton.

Christina Oxenberg, a cousin of the British royal family, said the family has
Christina Oxenberg, a cousin of the British royal family, said the family has “unsettled” Meghan Markle and mocked Kate Middleton in the past.
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Oxenberg, 59, is a writer and fashion designer and the younger sister of actress Catherine Oxenberg. Her mother is Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, who, Oxenberg said, was once very close to Charles.

Christina Oxenberg says Meghan Markle simply needs to wait for the royal family to haz her, because it will eventually move on to someone else.
Christina Oxenberg says Meghan Markle simply needs to wait for the royal family to haz her, because it will eventually move on to someone else.
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The royal family found it very amusing that the British press labeled Middleton
The royal family found it quite amusing that the British press labeled Middleton “middle-class Kate,” Oxenberg said.
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Oxenberg, who has lived among British royalty for 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, was dating Middleton before their marriage in 2011, the royal family found it quite amusing that the British press labeled her “middle-class Kate,” Oxenberg said.

According to the Express, Camilla, now the queen consort, allegedly referred to Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael, as “Meet the Fockers.”

Koo Stark dated Andrew for 18 months in the early 1980s before his mother, Queen Elizabeth, ended the relationship.
Koo Stark dated Prince Andrew for 18 months in the early 1980s before his mother, Queen Elizabeth, ended the relationship.
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When Princess Michael of Kent, a baroness of Czech/German lineage, married a British royal in 1978, the royals delighted in giving her a hard time.
When Princess Michael of Kent, a baroness of Czech-German lineage, married a British royal in 1978, the royals delighted in giving her a hard time.
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Christina Oxenberg, who counts King Charles III as a third cousin, said of newcomers to the British royal family:
Christina Oxenberg, who counts King Charles III as a third cousin, said of newcomers to the British royal family: “Nobody gets a pass.”
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“They thought it was all very funny: Kate Middle Class and Sarah Ferguson and Koo Stark,” Oxenberg said. “They didn’t mean to disrespect him; 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 his mother, Queen Elizabeth, ended the relationship. Although she initially liked Stark, who bought Andrew her first pair of blue jeansThe monarch quickly intervened once the British press discovered the actress’s appearances in softcore pornographic films, making her an unlikely match for the prince.

“It was a very weak reason,” Oxenberg told The Post. “There is a good example of how you can suffer as a royal for no good reason.”

“They were both really in love,” he added of Andrew and Stark. “They were soulmates, and she was prevented from marrying her soulmate. If he had married her, things would be different today.”

Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia
Christina Oxenberg’s mother, Princess Elisabeth of Yugoslavia.
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Christina is the sister of actress Catherine Oxenberg (above).
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Andrew, who was married to Sarah Ferguson from 1986 to 1996, became entangled in a friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and in March, the prince reached a settlement with sexual abuse accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, paying her $12 million after that she said she was forced to sleep with him three times when she was 17.

Oxenberg herself admitted that she was a former confidant of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is appealing a 20-year sentence following his conviction for helping procure young women and girls for Epstein.

Among the other now-royals who received their share of hazing, Oxenberg said, was Princess Michael of Kent, née Marie Christine von Reibnitz, a baroness of Czech-German lineage.

When Prince Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, married von Reibnitz in 1978, British royalty delighted in giving him a hard time, Oxenberg told The Post.

Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (right) is Oxenberg's mother and was once very close to Prince Charles.
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (right) is Oxenberg’s mother and was once very close to Prince Charles.
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“She was treated the same way as Meghan [has been] treated, with this ridicule and disrespect,” he said. “We always used to make fun of her because she kept referring to royalty as ‘delicious cousins.’ It’s [the hazing] everything was done out of habit and not filled with hate and violent conspiracy. I was a witness”.

Oxenberg was 16 years old at the time and going through their own tribulations with his mother, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, second cousin of King Charles III. While she was still married to Howard Oxenberg, a New York dress maker, Princess Elizabeth became engaged to actor Richard Burton while 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 are tough, they are tough on foreigners,” she said. “It’s not about the color of your skin, it’s about being a foreigner.”

Princess Elizabeth (right) is related to the royal family through her great-uncle, Prince Andrew of Greece, who was the father-in-law of Queen Elizabeth (second from left).
Princess Elizabeth (right) is related to the royal family through her great-uncle, Prince Andrew of Greece, who was the father-in-law of Queen Elizabeth (second from left).
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Still, he called Meghan’s treatment both by the British press, which scrutinizes her every move, especially during Queen Elizabeth’s Monday Funeral – and some members of the royal family as nothing less than “traitors”.

“She is Harry’s choice of wife,” Oxenberg said. “By his own metrics they have called it a class system. They came up with that system, [by which] you have to respect Harry’s choice.”

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