When Prince Harry first met Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge feared things would move too quickly and that ‘Harry was not blinded by lust’.
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“A happy, content Harry is rare, so seeing him practically jumping was a delight,” a source told authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. “But at the same time, William always felt he had to watch over Harry, not as a future monarch but as an older brother. All their adult lives he felt he should keep an eye on Harry and make sure he wasn’t struggling and on track.
Harry was close to William and Kate but it was William’s words of warning that then started the tension.
“’Don’t feel like you have to rush,’ William told Harry, sources said. “Take all the time you need to get to know this girl.” “In those last two words, ‘that girl,’ Harry heard the tone of snobbery that was anathema in his approach to the world,” the book read.
It wasn’t just William’s warning, but the courtiers around the palace who started to speak.
“When she came into the prince’s life, a senior royal called the American actress ‘Harry’s showgirl’. Another said to an assistant, “She comes with a lot of luggage.” And a high ranking courtier was caught telling a colleague: There is just something about her that I don’t trust.
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But Harry knew his’ love was real ‘with Meghan and’ nothing was going to get in the way of his happiness. ”
Kate was loyal to William and the royals and offered little to help bridge the gap.
“While Meghan may have understood Kate’s distrust of forming a meaningful friendship, they still weren’t closer by the time she was a senior member of the Royal Family and the wife of William’s brother. The flowers for her birthday were pretty, but Meghan would have much preferred Kate watching her during the toughest times with the press, ”the authors write.
“At the start of her romance with Harry, Meghan had fully expected Kate to weave her hand and give her the lie of the land about everything an outsider in society needed to know. But that’s not how it turned out. Meghan was disappointed that she and Kate had not bonded in the post they shared, but she was not losing sleep over it. According to a source, Kate said they didn’t have much in common “other than the fact that they lived in Kensington Palace”.
Their relationship was splashed in the tabloids, but often not true. Although they weren’t close, they weren’t at each other’s throats either.
The headline claiming Meghan’s ‘strict demands’ at the wedding made Kate cry was wrong.
A source who was there said: “Some of the kids were not cooperating and there was a lot going on. Everyone has tried to help where they can, but it’s never easy with the kids in the fittings. There were no tears from anyone. And in the end, the editing went well. Kate and Meghan were both a little stressed but professionals in the room, and there were other people there.
“This story was ridiculous and so wrong,” they added.
And those rumors that Meghan “demanded” to spray an air freshener in the chapel before her wedding, pissed off a lot – she used Diptyque scented air diffusers, the same ones Kate used on her wedding day.
Representatives for Prince Harry and Meghan said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not questioned and did not help ‘find freedom’. This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the Royal Press and their own independent reporting.