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Dueling duchesses were "never friends": Meghan was "disappointed" that Kate did not reach or visit


Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends – while the Duchess of Sussex was "disappointed", according to an explosive new biography, she never reached or visited her.

The Duchesses "struggled to overcome the courtesy of distance" and "had nothing in common except that they lived at Kensington Palace," the authors of Finding Freedom said.

In a particularly uncomfortable encounter when Meghan was with Harry, Kate went shopping with her Range Rover alone – even though she also went down the same street.

The lack of any friendship between the two was confirmed in 2018 when the Sussexes announced they wanted to start their family in Windsor.

Despite this chill, Meghan felt hurt in newspaper reports about the "dueling duchesses" and was angry that the palace press office did not correct them.

Excerpts from the highly anticipated book open the lid of the Sussexes' exit from The Firm – but palace sources fear that depicting Harry and Meghan's grievances will worsen their rift with the Royals.

In other explosive revelations revealed in excerpts tonight:

  • Prince Harry was with & # 39; Snob & # 39; William & # 39; cut off & # 39; when he was warned with & # 39; this girl & # 39; Meghan taking things slowly;
  • William questioned Meghan's intentions and feared that Duke of Sussex was "blind to lust";
  • Palace insiders called Meghan "Harry's Showgirl" and said the US actress came with "a lot of luggage".
  • The high-ranking palace courtier heard him say to his colleague: "There's something about this girl that I don't trust."
  • Two couples barely spoke to each other at the Commonwealth Service in March, even though they hadn't seen each other since January.
  • The Sussex people believed that their complaints were not being taken seriously and believed that other royal households were telling stories about them to the press.
  • The request to operate under Buckingham Palace after separating her household from the Cambridges was a "big disappointment" for the Sussexes.
  • The Sussex people even considered breaking the protocol by making a surprise visit to the Queen when they thought they couldn't see the monarch.

A new book asks if the two duchesses who were pictured at the service on Christmas Day in Sandringham in 2018 were ever particularly close to each other

Courtiers branded Meghan Markle as a "showgirl with lots of luggage" and said, according to a new book, "there is something about her that I don't trust"

A courtier in the royal household said Meghan Markle has something I don't trust, as a shocking new book claims.

The book Finding Freedom claims that tensions have arisen as soon as Meghan has been introduced to members of the royal household.

A source said: "She comes with a lot of luggage." Another suggested: There is only one thing about her that I don't trust. & # 39;

Another described Meghan as "Harry's Showgirl".

According to the book, Meghan believed that much of the criticism was based on the fact that she was a colored woman.

According to the Sunday Times, a friend of Meghan said palace officials branded her "Duchess different".

The source, which was not mentioned, claimed: “People have a problem with that. She is the easiest person in the world to work with. Certain people just don't like her to stand out. & # 39;

According to the authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Meghan expected Kate to contact her and help her when she joined the company.

Instead, the two had nothing in common except the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace. When Meghan became a high-ranking king, the two were no closer than they were before 2018. According to one source, Meghan was disappointed that they hadn't connected, but hadn't lost sleep.

The book also describes an uncomfortable moment at Kensington Palace in 2017 when Kate was alone in her Range Rover while shopping – although Meghan also walked the same street.

Although some helpers claimed that the sister-in-law "spoke and wrote regularly", they had hardly spent any time at the time of Meghan and Harry's wedding.

The book also shows how Meghan viewed some commentaries and tabloid stories as "sexist" and "biased", with ambitious women of color like her who were described as "demanding and aggressive".

A close friend of Meghan told the authors: & # 39; Duchess Different. People have a problem with that. She is the easiest person in the world to work with. Certain people just don't like her to stand out. & # 39;

The biography was written by journalists Scobie and Durand, who are fans of the couple and have set themselves the goal of correcting the record and putting the spotlight on their charitable causes.

The Sussex people say they didn't contribute to the book, but Scobie's and Durand's report is based on extensive insights from friends of the couple.

"We rolled out the red carpet for Meghan": The frustrated Kate Middleton and Prince William hit back on claims in a devastating biography that Duchess and Harry felt shunned by the royal family and insisted on welcoming them with open arms

By Emily Andrews, Royal Editor for Sunday's Mail

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a bombshell new biography last night that they had actively spurned Meghan Markle.

Finding Freedom's authors claim that Sussex-Cambridges relations have become so bitter that Kate humiliated her sister-in-law when Meghan's retirement as Senior Royal.

But close friends of William and Kate vigorously defended themselves, insisting that the Meghan couple rolled out the red carpet and did everything they could to welcome the US actress to the royal family.

According to the friends, the Cambridges greeted Meghan with open arms by inviting them to Note Hall, their Norfolk family home, where Kate personally cooked vegan meals for her brother-in-law's fiancee at the time.

William and Kate also invited Meghan's friends, bridesmaids and bellboys to a party before their wedding to Harry in May 2018, and keen tennis fan Kate asked Meghan to join her in the Royal Box at Wimbledon for two years.

"It's just completely wrong to say they didn't speak and just wrong to say the Cambridges weren't welcome," a friend told The Mail on Sunday.

"How can you say they weren't warm or welcoming when they hosted Meghan for Christmas, invited them to their very own private sanctuary in the Notes Hall, and did everything they could to make them feel at home? They cooked their favorite vegan food personally, they couldn't have been friendlier. & # 39;

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Color 2018

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Color 2018

According to the book, Meghan was "disappointed that she and Kate had not linked up with the unique position they shared" and was angry with ongoing media reports – confirmed by Palace aides – that it was during a bridesmaid dress that Princess Charlotte fit, went broke had left Kate in tears.

In a reference to the distrust that developed between the two women, a friend of the Cambridges admitted that Kate Meghan had "insulted" the Commonwealth Service in March, marking her last appearance as a working Royal.

The friend said her actions were "out of sheer frustration" at Harry's and Meghan's behavior, her retirement from royal life announced on Instagram, and the launch of the Sussex Royal website.

The source admitted that Kate had insulted Meghan on the west door of Westminster Abbey, but added, "That was after the Sussexes released this fire declaration and website."

Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the emergence of a modern royal family were written by royal observers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are described as "cheerleaders" by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the emergence of a modern royal family were written by royal observers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are described as "cheerleaders" by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

But friends of the Cambridges rejected Finding Freedom's claims that Kate and Meghan "barely spoke" at King Power Royal Charity Polo Day last year.

In a public statement of solidarity, Harry was cheered on the polo field by Meghan and Baby Archie and William by Kate and their three children George, seven, Charlotte, five and Louis, two.

Everyone saw Kate and Meghan chatting. She (Meghan) had the baby and it was really cute, ”a buddy insisted. George went to Archie and gently stroked his head. Louis laughed around and made Meghan laugh – it was really positive and happy. & # 39;

However, allies of the Cambridges accept that the once close relationship between the brothers is now "tense" and is best described as "in and out".

They said William was "sad" and "disappointed" with the Finding Freedom claims.

"William had hoped that everyone would have moved on, but that is clearly not the case," said a friend. "He is a bit sad and disappointed that it will be mixed up again.

& # 39; He was extremely upset and hurt at the time (in January when Harry resigned from his duties) and his relationship with his brother is still quite distant.

“At the moment it is best described as on-off and more as off. He doesn't plan to see his brother this year, but Covid makes it much more difficult (anyway). & # 39;

While the Sussexes and the authors of Finding Freedom insist that the couple did not interview the book, it paints an extremely flattering account of them.

Excerpts released yesterday claimed that Harry and Meghan were so frustrated with what they found unwilling to discuss their future that they were considering arriving unannounced to face the Queen. They finally decided against an exceptional violation of the royal protocol.

The book also suggests that the couple was upset when the queen had no photo of them and Archie on their desk when she made her Christmas speech last year.

The authors consider Meghan to be "unnecessary" in deciding to deprive Harry of his military patronage as part of the so-called Megxit deal, which was painfully crushed after a Sandringham summit on January 13.

Until then, the couple felt deeply suspicious of rival royal camps and, according to the authors, described some high-ranking officials as "the vipers".

The book suggests that the three royal households Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Clarence House are competing and trying to outdo the others – and occasionally even sabotage them.

Finding Freedom found the couple increasingly frustrated communicating in the palace. However, a former employee said to The Mail on Sunday: “It was a very challenging work environment. It was high pressure and extremely stressful … nothing was ever good enough, they always saw the negative in everything.

“Nothing is ever your fault, always someone else's. They are professional victims. & # 39;

A spokesman for Meghan and Harry said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to the search for freedom.

"This book is based on the authors' own experience as members of the Royal Press Corps and their own independent reporting."

"P **** d off" Prince Harry branded William a snob after his brother accused him of being "blinded by this girl" Meghan Markle ""

The authors Scobie and Durand also reveal this Harry thought William was a "snob" after his brother warned him to take Meghan Markle slowly when a royal courtier called the actress "Harry's Showgirl".

The Duke of Cambridge told Harry not to hurry and take as much time as you need to meet this girl. He feared that the younger brother was "blind with lust" for the American actress.

Sources claim that "calm and rational" William met Meghan only a few times before marrying Harry, who "can't help but take things too personally" and wanted to make sure the star of the suits had the right intentions would have.

But the Duke of Sussex was "crazy" with his older brother and could "see through" his words, consider him judgmental and condescending, and ultimately "be a snob".

A source told authors Scobie and Durand that Harry resisted when William warned him, "Don't think you need to speed this up. Take as much time as you need to meet this girl. «

"After all, these are two brothers who have spent their whole lives with people who have tried to take advantage of them," said the source. "They both developed a radar to detect this type of person, but since William didn't know much about Meghan, he wanted to make sure Harry wasn't blind to lust."

Another source claimed: & # 39; Harry was angry. Annoyed that his brother would ask something like that.

Some thought it was an overreaction. But that sums them up as people – William, the calm and reasonable, and Harry, who can't help but take things too personally. & # 39;

When Harry and Meghan first went together, a high-ranking king called the actress "Harry's Showgirl" while another told an adjutant, "She's coming with a lot of luggage."

A high-ranking courtier even heard him say to a colleague, "There's only one thing about her that I don't trust."

A close friend of Harry said the duke was aware of the conversation and added. & # 39; It protects Meghan extremely. He understands that many people are against them and he will do everything to protect them and prevent them from being injured – even if this means distancing themselves from them. & # 39;

Meghan, Prince Harry and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the 100th anniversary of the RAF, 2018

Meghan, Prince Harry and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the 100th anniversary of the RAF, 2018

Meghan Markle felt that she was cast as "Duchess Different" and classified as difficult or "a bitch" due to racist and sexist attitudes, as new biographies claim

By Mark Hookham for the Sunday mail

The Duchess of Sussex believes that successful women with a skin color like theirs are wrongly described as "demanding or aggressive", according to the controversial biography.

Meghan is said to have thought that some of the stories about her were "sexist and biased".

A close friend told the authors of Finding Freedom that she was considered "Duchess Different" and that some people didn't like her because she was noticed.

"It was an open season for Meghan in which many were looking for anything to criticize," said an excerpt from the Sunday Times serialized book.

"Duchess Different," said a close friend of Meghan. “People have a problem with that. She is the easiest person in the world to work with. Certain people just don't like her to stand out. & # 39;

Shortly after Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018, reports emerged that Meghan wasted no time stamping The Firm. The former actress is said to have an impressive work ethic that gets up at 5 a.m. every morning and gives her key helpers a stream of ideas for shaping her role.

In their book, however, the authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand suggest that the Duchess was upset with the way she portrayed her determined and assertive nature.

They wrote: & # 39; Meghan felt that some of the comments and tabloids were more than a cultural struggle; They were sexist and biased.

“When a man got up to work before dawn, he was greeted for his work ethic. When a woman did it, she was considered difficult or "a bitch". The double standard was exacerbated when it came to successful women in color, who were often described as demanding or aggressive. & # 39;

The authors further claimed that although racism takes a different form in Britain than it does in America, it remains deeply rooted here. Mr Scobie, who has a Scottish father and an Iranian mother, has reportedly given up his first job at Heat magazine after being racially abused by a manager.

It is alleged that a Buckingham Palace staff member once said he was "surprised" to hear the royal journalist who attended a public school speak with the pronunciation received.

In their book, the authors state: “Racism takes a different form in Britain than in America, but there is no doubt that it exists and how deeply rooted it is. A major issue of racism in Britain is who is authentically "British"? It can be expressed in subtle biased acts, micro-attacks like the palace employee who said to the bi-racial co-author of these words: "I never expected you to speak the way you do", or in the newspaper's "Memo" headline come to Meghan: We British prefer real kings over fashion kings.

"While columnist Meghan criticized for her Vogue editorials, there was another way to read them: being British means being born and raised in Britain – and being white."

At the top of the picture, "Saint More Than You": How Meghan and Harry's frustration with the hierarchy of the royal family infuriated the courtiers, who thought they had outdone themselves

By Ian Gallagher and Emily Andrews for the Sunday mail

In the undisturbed months after their fairytale wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed sweeping veneration.

Wherever they traveled – from the four corners of the British Isles to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji – they were greeted with joy.

But according to the Finding Freedom biography, it wasn't enough for the Sussex people to bask in such good will. Many seemed unclear about what they wanted and their goals were rather poorly worded.

When the queen showed Meghan the royal ropes during a visit to Cheshire in mid-2018, the mood was still optimistic. When asked by a benefactor that day how she had found her first month as a married queen, the Duchess simply said, "Wonderful."

The biography suggests that this Halcyon phase did not last long.

"Harry was increasingly frustrated that he and Meghan had often sidelined other family members," it said. “Although both respected the hierarchy of the institution, it was difficult to focus on a project and they were told that a senior family member, be it Prince William or Prince Charles, had an initiative or tour announced on the website at the same time – so you just have to wait. & # 39;

Instead of taking this at face value – Harry was sixth on the throne after all – the book claims that the couple believed they were being held back, their wings cut off.

But hadn't the royal family, as the biography shows, "taken them to new heights all over the world" and made them "more understandable" for those who had never been interested before?

In the undisturbed months after their fairytale wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed sweeping veneration

In the undisturbed months after their fairytale wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed sweeping veneration

When the queen showed Meghan the royal ropes during a visit to Cheshire in mid-2018, the mood was still optimistic

When the queen showed Meghan the royal ropes during a visit to Cheshire in mid-2018, the mood was still optimistic

According to the authors of Finding Freedom, the couple considered that they deserved better that this was not a question of hierarchy, but evidence of darker forces at work.

With increasing popularity, their aspirations grew. Whether the waiting King Charles or William and Kate, the Sussexes were now the biggest stars. Why didn't they get top billing? The question asked in the book may go to the core of their feeling of complaint, and complaint is never far from the story that authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have woven.

Critics will argue that Harry and Meghan, as much as they scolded the perceived injustices, were not in a Hollywood film or TV drama, but in a much longer-running show called Monarchy with their own traditions: duty and a tradition leader among them She.

Of course, a strong sense of hierarchy is also expected.

They would add that soon after marriage, the couple went beyond themselves, rather than paying attention to the austerity of the monarchy – knowing their place, as some put it bluntly -; that they took a "holier than you" attitude.

According to the book, this was certainly the belief of some of the palace's high-ranking courtiers, the "men in gray suits" as Princess Diana had called them. Harry and Meghan are said to have given this old guard a new name: the Vipers.

The couple could not say, Mr Scobie and Mrs Durand, why so few in the palace protected their interests. They were "a big draw for the royal family," but the book claims that some courtiers tried to hunt them down.

The prince felt that officials simply didn't like Meghan and stopped at nothing to make their lives difficult.

Changes in the royal family don't happen overnight. She prefers gentle tinkering to radical modernization. But Harry and Meghan wanted to move quickly.

One way to bypass and fight back logs was through their website, sussexroyal.com, which they used as a PR weapon to make stinging statements before and after the Megxit.

Her statement about her reasons for resignation caused shock waves. "The helpers, including the Queen's private secretary, Edward Young, were angry," the book says.

"Private offices don't like this kind of behavior," said a source familiar with the negotiations. "It is deeply unhealthy and undesirable."

But it was the "destroyed" reaction of the Queen and Prince Philip that surprised Harry and Meghan the most.

An adjutant quoted in the book said: “The Sussex people were very happy when they sent the statement. They felt like they were in control again.

"Did she (Meghan) want that from the start? But at what price? You have seriously injured the family. & # 39;

Even the authors of the book acknowledge that this was a misstep.

"However, the family's reaction to the website they launched was more worrying," says the biography.

A senior member of the household told the authors: "The element of surprise, the queen's blindsiding, for the other principals, who are all rightly aware of it, was deeply troubling."

Elsewhere, the book states, "Even sources near Harry and Meghan had to admit that the way the couple was forced to approach the situation (mainly to help the family and their team through their website keep in the dark) did a lot. " of resentment in the household and especially in the family & # 39;. & # 39;

A growing sense of paranoia increased the couple's sense of isolation. And to the dismay of the palace, they decided to consult less far.

Not that they were in any way open to advice. An inside man from the palace said to The Mail on Sunday: “The idea that anyone could tell the Duke and Duchess of Sussex what to do is just ridiculous.

“They wanted to have all the royal perks and privileges, but to be able to accidentally make millions of dollars. That would never be possible.

"Now they blame the institution and shout," We had no choice, poor ourselves. "It's risky. & # 39;

Before moving abroad, initially to Canada, the two were "emotionally exhausted" according to the book. Sensitive to criticism, Harry even complained about comments made in articles about the couple.

He regretted having opened the link to one who said, "The world would be a better place without Harry and Meghan."

"His stomach tied into the same knot every time he saw comments like this," the book says.

But it wasn't just online trolls chasing Harry. Enemies in the palace could be just as evil.

"Hardly a week passed without an aspect of their internal affairs or private discussions being twisted and passed on to the press," the authors claim. "They felt that there were very few Palace staff they could trust." Before leaving Britain, Harry urged the Queen, his father and a number of important helpers.

"He immediately felt needed for her (Harry and Meghans) popularity, which was followed by the press because of the public's fascination with this new generation of royal couples and was belittled within the institution's walls because it was too sensitive and open," said it in the book.

It also shows that Harry and Meghan originally wanted to start their own household in Windsor, where they lived in Frogmore Cottage after they separated from Kensington Palace.

But senior officials quickly ruled out this option and said they needed to operate under the Buckingham Palace roof.

This made the couple feel increasingly bitter that they were forced to "back seat" older family members like Charles and William.

For months, the couple tried to spread these frustrations, but they claim "the conversations were going nowhere" – which is why Harry was so determined to resolve the matter once and for all when he and Meghan returned to the UK after their return. Work vacation to Canada after Christmas.

The new biography claims: "Everyone had the chance to help, but nobody did."

The persecution manifested itself in a variety of ways for the couple. They were offended when she and Baby Archie were excluded from the family photos shown during the Queen's speech on Christmas Day.

Palace sources stated that the photos were selected to represent the line of succession, but this did not wash with the Sussexes.

The book claims that it is "another sign that they had to think about their own path".

Elsewhere, the book claims: "Harry felt that he and Meghan had been excluded from the institution for a long time and were not a fundamental part of their future."

He quotes a source as saying, "He feels that there have been so many occasions when the institution and his family could have helped, stood up for, supported, and never did."

The book, as reported in The Times, reports that Harry was also upset at the suggestion that Meghan was solely responsible for her decision to leave royal life. It was said that it was something he had always longed for, but Meghan had simply opened the door for him.

His wife told her in tears to a friend in March: “I gave up my whole life for this family. I was ready to do whatever was necessary. But here we are. It is very sad. & # 39;

Harry suffered while she was suffering. For him, the most demoralizing aspect of the Megxit deal was losing his honorary military appointments.

Once again, the couple believed it was all so terribly unfair, and they reportedly considered it a hard pill to swallow and one that was most painful for Meghan to see Harry go through.

"It's the one who made Harry emotional," said a source.

Meghan later spoke about the military appointments to a friend: “It was so unnecessary. And it not only takes something away from him, but also the entire military veteran community.

"You can see how much it means to them. So why? The powers (of the institution) are unfortunately greater than me. & # 39;

The book continues: “As the hours neared the couple's last day as working royals on March 31, Harry and Meghan continued to work. Commitments made long before their announcement in January had to be met, and it was important for both of them not to let anyone down. They were also at their best when they were busy. & # 39;

The royal family as an institution survived by being more than the sum of its parts, by letting the actions speak.

This week a new ITV television documentary celebrates the 70th birthday of the most inappropriate royals, Princess Anne. She says: “People talk about being trained to become a member of the royal family. I am sorry to disappoint you, but there is no such thing, it only learns from experience. But hardly anything is going according to plan. You have to learn that. & # 39;

Harry and Meghan would do well to get involved.

Harry and Meghan's friends attack Royal's behavior in recent public appearances: a new book claims Kate barely recognized Meghan while William ignored her and described a "warm but distant" polo day

The Duchess of Cambridge abused Meghan Markle during Commonwealth Day's last royal engagement at Sussex, while an idiosyncratic episode in a charity polo game was a snapshot of the couple's "warm but distant relationship," as the authors of an explosive new book claimed.

Finding freedom is a Biography of journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are fans of the couple and have set themselves the goal of correcting the records and putting the spotlight on their charitable causes.

The authors claim the Duchess of Sussex and Kate stood side by side but barely exchanged a word in a charity polo game in July 2019, while Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March, but the Duchess barely recognized her.

The Sussex people say they didn't contribute to the book, but Scobie's and Durand's report is based on extensive insights from friends of the couple.

Finding Freedom claims that the infatuated mothers and their children were photographed side by side, but they "didn't seem to exchange a word". Pictured: the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and Archie at King Power's Royal Charity Polo Day, Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham on July 10, 2019

Finding Freedom claims that the infatuated mothers and their children were photographed side by side, but they "didn't seem to exchange a word". Pictured: the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and Archie at King Power's Royal Charity Polo Day, Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham on July 10, 2019

ROYAL CHARITY POLO DAY – JULY 10, 2019

It has been said that relations between the princes' wives have been close since Meghan's entry into the monarchy.

But an idiosyncratic episode in a charity polo match was a snapshot of Meghan and Kate's "warm but distant relationship," the book said.

The Duchesses surprisingly performed to see Prince William and Prince Harry at King Power's Royal Charity Polo Day, which took place on July 10, 2019 in honor of the late owner of Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

It was the first time since Archie's birth that the Sussexes and the Cambridges were seen together as families.

It was also a rare appearance together for Meghan and Kate, who are usually only seen together on official engagements that involve the entire royal family, such as Trooping the Color.

However, according to the new explosive biography, their relationship was reportedly struggling to overcome the distant politeness of their first encounter.

"While the infatuated mothers and their children were photographed side by side, the two hardly seemed to say a word," the authors wrote.

The book further claimed that the signs of the strained relationship between the woman stem from the main problem – the conflict between Prince Harry and the institution.

According to the book, Kate and Meghan's relationship struggled to overcome the distant politeness of their first encounter. Shown on the Polo

The book claimed that the signs of the strained relationship between Kate and Meghan stem from the main problem - the conflict between Prince Harry and the institution. Pictured in the charity polo game

The book claimed that the signs of the strained relationship between Kate and Meghan stem from the main problem – the conflict between Prince Harry and the institution. Pictured in the charity polo game

They wrote: & # 39; Harry compared his meetings during the week to being in front of an execution squad. "There were a lot of fingers pointing in both directions and things were licking," said an adjutant. "It was all very unhealthy."

COMMON DAILY SERVICE IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY – MARCH 9, 2020

The book claims the couple had barely spoken to the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth Service, though they hadn't seen each other since January – and that the Duchess of Cambridge had insulted Meghan during the last royal engagement of Sussex.

Omid Scobie, who wrote the book Finding Freedom, told The Times during the Commonwealth Day engagement: “Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, and the Duchess barely recognized her.

“To deliberately insult your sister-in-law. . . I don't think it left the couple a good taste. & # 39;

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not part of the Queen's procession through Westminster Abbey at the beginning of the Commonwealth Service because they had their final official appearance as high-ranking kings on March 9, 2020.

Unlike last year, Harry and Meghan were led to their seats in the Church in London instead of waiting for the Queen's arrival and going over with the monarch and key kings as in March 2019.

The book claims that the decision to remove her from the list was made "without her consultation" – and added that tThey were informed long after the 2,000 guest service orders were printed – with their names being particularly absent.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex came in before Prince William and Kate Middleton – this was the first public meeting of the two brothers and their wives since the Megxit announcement two months earlier – before Prince Charles and Camilla also arrived and the queen then one made entrance to trumpet fanfare and applause from crowds outside.

& # 39; It felt intentional. "Harry was more than disappointed," said a friend, speaking in the book. "He spoke, but the damage had already been done."

During the C.Ambridges took their places at the same time as the Sussexes and the Earl and Countess of Wessex to "smooth things out". The authors claim that the given looks indicated that the Cambridges were "dissatisfied" with this decision.

They wrote: “While Harry and Meghan greeted William and Kate with a smile, the Cambridges showed little reaction.

Harry, William nodded and ignored Meghan. For the minutes before the Queen's arrival, William and Kate sat with their backs to the couple and only turned to chat with Prince Edward and Sophie next to the Sussex. & # 39;

They added that Meghan "tried to make eye contact with Kate", the mother of three children "hardly recognized her".

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