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Royal family drama is probably the most intriguing of all celebrity drama. Even when royal fans know that something is going down behind-the-scenes, the royals almost never address drama directly, leaving the details a mystery.
For the book, Quinn interviewed many former staffers from Kensington Palace—including some who worked at the royal residence when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were living there together before their royal wedding.
© Thomson Reuters Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stand with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain’s Prince William at Westminster Abbey for a Commonwealth Day service in London, Britain March 11, 2019. Richard Pohle/Pool via REUTERS
In an excerpt from the book published by the Daily Mail, sources described the differences that led Meghan to butt heads with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, and described the incident that eventually led to the Sussexes’ decision to move to Windsor and split their household from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s.
“Kate is actually one of the nicest royals, and she hasn’t let life in her extremely grand apartment at Kensington go to her head—or at least not too much,” one palace insider said. “She is nice to her staff, in the main, and she was very warm towards Meghan when she arrived.”
According to the source, Meghan struggled with jealousy about her and Harry’s position relative to that of Kate and her husband, Prince William, who is directly in line to inherit the throne.
© ASSOCIATED PRESS Britain’s Prince William, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second left, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, right, arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein)
“I think she has found that difficult to deal with,” the insider continued. “And although Harry loved their cottage in the grounds, Meghan was conscious that it was tiny in comparison to the vast apartment complex where Kate and William live.”
A second source, described as a former palace servant, agreed with that assessment and took things a step further, detailing the incident that led Harry and Meghan to split their household from Will and Kate’s and leave Kensington Palace.
“Kate was horrified when Meghan shouted at a member of Kate’s staff—that was definitely the beginning of discussions about leaving Kensington Palace,” the former servant explained.
“Like many people not used to dealing with servants, Meghan overdoes the imperiousness; so, on the one hand, she wants to be like Diana, a people’s princess, and on the other she wants people to stand to attention when she clicks her fingers.”
© ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE – In this Tuesday, July 10, 2018 file photo Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and from left, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. In a stunning declaration, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they are planning “to step back” as senior members of the royal family and “work to become financially independent.” A statement issued by the couple Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 also said they intend to “balance” their time between the U.K. and North America. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
Another insider from Kensington Palace believes that Meghan’s behaviour was a result of the treatment she received joining the British royal family as a divorced, mixed-race American.
“There are the more reactionary elements in the Royal Family who do look down on her, and she knows it,” the source said. “This makes her overreact sometimes—she doesn’t have Kate’s assured way of dealing with people.”
There’s so much tea here and we can’t wait to read the full book when it’s released on May 14.
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