The royal family was so concerned that Prince Harry would marry Meghan Markle that even his sister-in-law Kate Middleton took him aside to warn him, as an explosive new book claimed.
In Royal At War, released today on Kindle, investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett claim that Kate had asked Prince Harry to take things slowly, as it would take "time, care, and attention" for Meghan to get in the family integrated.
The Duke of Sussex, 35, who married the former American actress, 38 in May 2018, had a close relationship with Kate, whom he described as "the big sister I never had".
However, his relationship with Kate and his brother William remains tense after moving to LA with his wife and son Archie, rumored that Kate and Meghan didn't get along.
Here, FEMAIL reveals the shocking claims in the book, including reports that part of the reason for the rift between the brothers was Harry's wasteful expenses after his wedding.
He was reported to have spent over £ 6,000 on acupuncture "as part of a health campaign" within months, and enjoyed a "baby moon" with the Duchess of Sussex at Heckfield Place, a luxury spa in Hampshire – the three-day stay was said to have cost it up to £ 33,000.
Prince Harry's increased spending habits after marrying Meghan Markle have helped spark a rift with Prince William (pictured left with his brother in March), a new book says
The Duke of Sussex, 35, who married the former American actress (pictured together), 38, in May 2018 and the couple currently lives with his son Archie, one in LA, in LA, is said to have further reduced his modest budget as Meghan approached Due date one year later
Prince Harry's expenses lead to rifts with high-ranking members of the royal family
Royal At War authors and investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett said: "Harry's (spending) transformation is revealed to be one of the fundamental factors in the deep rift that opened between him and his brother, Prince William. "
In the book, insiders suggest that Prince Harry first got the spending error after leaving the Kensington Palace household, which he shared with his brother and wife, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38.
After their wedding in Windsor, he and Meghan moved to Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle and spent £ 2.4m in tax money to renovate the cottage they wanted to pay back under the conditions of Megxit.
The costs of the modernization work on the listed property triggered controversy. The queen was reportedly "privately unhappy" about spending.
In the meantime, Meghan replenished Prince Harry's wellness expenses with aromatherapy and massages, and estimated to spend over £ 478,920 on maternity wear.
Sources in the book claim that the feast for the eyes has raised concerns at the top of the royal household as the queen is known for her humble taste.
The authors of Royals At War (above) investigate how Meghan's arrival in the royal family unintentionally led to the division of relatives
"The fact that Meghan splashed so much money with the traditionally conservative Queen Elizabeth has sounded alarm bells," the authors said.
"Growing up in war left the monarch with a sense of frugality and economy, even though he was one of the richest women in the world."
Prince Harry and Meghan are reportedly now paying just under £ 18,000 a month to get Frogmore an official UK base while staying at Tyler Perry's $ 18 million Hollywood 12-bedroom villa.
The Frogmore agreement is known as a "rental plus" contract, where they pay more than the commercial price, which allows them to pay the construction costs with the deductible.
Elsewhere, Prince Harry and Meghan were also criticized last year for using private jets, including four trips in just eleven days in August, despite their environmental sustainability.
The Duke later defended his repeated use of private jets and claimed that he needed them for the safety of his family. At one event, he refused to apologize for private flights to Italy, France, and Spain, saying, “I spend 99 percent of my life traveling around the world on commercial means.
"Occasionally there has to be a way (to fly privately) based on a unique circumstance to make sure my family is safe – it's that simple."
Prince Harry dismissed concerns about his carbon footprint by insisting that he "offset" his emissions by donating to renewable energy incentives and tree planting.
Sir Elton John said he did this on behalf of the prince when he provided a private plane last August to fly him and Meghan to his home in the south of France.
The Duke of Sussex (pictured in a recently released video) is "burdened" and "not in good shape" after leaving the royal family in March of this year, according to the bomb book
Prince William "was concerned about Prince Harry's romance with Meghan Markle – and the Duchess of Cambridge warned him to take things slowly"
Prince William apparently had concerns about Prince Harry's romance with Meghan Markle and took his brother aside to ask insiders shortly after their meeting, "Is she the right one?"
Royals At War say that the well-intentioned intervention did not go down well with the Duke of Sussex, who deliberately viewed it as minor.
The authors suggest that Prince Harry was attracted to his future wife's "trust, commitment, drive, and ambition" because "he was subconsciously looking for a character to replace the mother who was so cruelly torn from him at a vulnerable age has been".
But while he was quickly beaten after his first date with Meghan in 2016, his sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, urged him to take things slowly.
"She gently reminded him that he was with someone who had a completely different life, past, and career, and it would take time, care, and attention to integrate," the authors write.
Prince William (pictured with Kate in March) was apparently concerned about Prince Harry's romance with Meghan Markle and took his brother aside to ask insiders shortly after their meeting, "Is she the right one?"
But concerns led Prince Harry to be convinced that the royal family and even the palace's helpers were against him and his new partner.
But Howard and Tillett suggest that Harry's concerns were unfounded. In fact, many royal officials were fans of Meghan.
After a high-ranking royals meeting that a child's mother attended, a well-placed adjutant remarked, "All of their IQs together would not match yours."
Another source said, "I think Harry feels he can't protect his mother, so he's doing everything he can to protect his wife." He is so sensitive that he often sees criticism or negativity where there is none. "
Howard and Tillett conclude: "The rifts that finally opened up in the royal family after Meghan's arrival could have been avoided if Harry had been able to understand his brother's concerns in the spirit they intended . "
Kensington Palace was contacted for comment.
Prince Harry is "burdened" and "not in good shape" after leaving the royal family
The Duke of Sussex is "burdened" and "not in good shape" after leaving the royal family in March this year, the bomb book says.
He is said to have difficulty adapting to his new life in Hollywood and is being "secretly tortured" for his decision to resign from his royal duties, a source told the authors.
It came after news that his father, Prince Charles, 71, was suffering from coronavirus – from which he has now recovered.
The source claimed, "He also has cabin fever. It was far from an ideal situation. Harry is no longer excited about the move, but feels secretly tortured."
He also misses his family because it is "a hit that Charles and the Queen will not be there forever" while locked up in Tyler Perry's mansion.
Prince Harry (pictured), 35, declined to reject reports of a rift with his brother, Prince William, and instead said that they were on "different paths" and had "good and bad days" than they did were interviewed in October 2019
However, an insider said that Ms. Meghan was doing her best to assist her husband in her adventure, and said, "She assures (Harry) that he will love her new life in LA when things return to normal."
"Meghan wants to hike with him and talks about the local polo club and how much he'll love surfing."
Prince Harry had problems in the final months of 2019, according to the book, when the authors claimed that his print "apparently broke him" for good.
Insiders pointed to the sincere documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey of the King, in which the Duke dealt with the spotlights.
He told ITV broadcaster Tom Bradby about the lasting impact of his mother's premature death on his life and called it a "wound that fester".
"I think part of this family in this role, in this job, every time I hear a camera, every time I hear a click, every time I see a flash, I bring myself straight back "The worst memory of her life as opposed to her best," admitted Prince Harry.
Prince William, 37, and Prince Harry, 35 (right photo, November 2018). Mr. Bradby, who followed Meghan and Harry during their 10-day trip to Africa between September and October last year, indicated that the couple looked "a little hurt and vulnerable".
He also talked about his relationship with his brother Prince William and explained that they will always be there for each other, but are on "different paths".
"Look, we're brothers. We'll always be brothers," he said. "We are certainly on different paths at the moment, but I will always be there for him and, I know, he will always be there for me."
Mr. Bradby, who followed Meghan and Harry during their 10-day trip to Africa between September and October last year, indicated that the couple looked "a little hurt and vulnerable".
"Something is wrong," said royal biographer Penny Junor. "He looked burdened and played the victim who is not sitting comfortably with him."
During his research, Howard spoke to royal insiders, who pointed out that "everything was not right with the prince."
"Harry is not in good shape," Howard was told. "I would say that he is not well, he declares war on everyone and cries in public."
A few weeks after the end of their Africa tour, Meghan and Harry took a six-week break and flew to Canada to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.
After their brief return to the UK in January, the couple announced the shock announcement that they would step down as high-ranking royals.
Meghan Markle realized that she could not achieve the desired effect in the "gold-plated royal cage", causing "a great deal of frustration for her".
Meghan Markle realized that she could not achieve the desired effect in the "gold-plated royal cage", which, according to Royals At War, caused "great frustration for her".
The authors announce that the helpers are increasingly concerned with the aspirations and showbiz lifestyle of the former actress.
Meghan Markle (pictured with Prince Harry in October 2019) realized that while she was in the "gilded royal cage," she could not achieve the desired effect, which, according to Royals At War, caused "great frustration for her"
After all, Meghan is believed to have believed that her dreams of being an iconic role model and spokeswoman for issues such as climate change, racial relations and feminism "could never be realized within the confines of the palace."
As Howard and Tillett write in the book published by Skyhorse Publishing, "Meghan as a Royal would ultimately not be able to solve any of the problems."
They continue: “In the gilded Royal Cage, she quickly realized that her effects were limited. This paradox at the heart of Meghan's new existence created enormous frustration for her. "
This inner turmoil was probably the trigger for Meghan and Harry to turn their backs on the royal family and start a new life in LA, according to the authors.
"It was this burning frustration that set the couple on the path they finally took," said Howard and Tillett.
& # 39; Other issues have influenced their decisions further, but this was the beginning. It was the fuse that finally triggered the explosion, causing the greatest royal scandal in this century. & # 39;
Meghan Markle distracted the palace staff with her "Gung Ho Hollywood stance" and plunged into situations "without proper investigation".
Meghan Markle (pictured with her husband Prince Harry in 2019) has "very high standards" and her Hollywood gung-ho attitude has conflicted with royal aides – they felt they were "in situations, according to an explosive." crashed without proper research ”is new book
Meghan Markle has "very high standards" and her "Hollywood Gung Ho attitude" has conflicted with royal aides, the explosive new book claims.
The Duchess of Sussex is said to have estranged from the employees who are supposed to facilitate their transition to the royal family.
Their "west coast energy" – which included 5am launches and "SMS bombings" – distracted employees, the investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett claim in Royals At War.
An insider told the authors: “Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment. However, the royal household has a different level of respect. & # 39;
The former American actress apparently did not conform to the traditional royal protocol within the royal family and has now "burned too many bridges".
According to the book, Meghan is also said to have worked for charities without considering the details of their patronage. The author was told, "It was all too quick without proper research."
The Duchess of Sussex (photo recently), 38, who currently lives in LA with Prince Harry, 35, and her son Archie, LA, is said to have estranged from the staff who are supposed to facilitate their transition to the royal family
According to the book, Meghan's high standards led to a "remarkable" fluctuation, as five helpers quit or moved after her mother's wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
A high-ranking female protection officer reportedly left after being upset because Meghan "ignored advice on entering risky crowd situations".
However, insiders said Howard and Tillett that Meghan found the license fee restrictions frustrating – particularly the expectation that they would remain diplomatic and impartial.
In September, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke from palace assistants and hired PR company Sunshine Sachs, whose customers include Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lopez.
Howard said of the move: “Insiders have told me that Meghan had burned too many bridges at the time.
& # 39; The palace is run by a hierarchy of advisers, adjutants and representatives who have true power. Once Meghan got rid of these threads, there was no going back. & # 39;
Shawn Sachs and Keleigh Thomas Morgan, who represented the Duchess as an actress for suits, led her through high-profile affairs – including her guest editorial for British Vogue.
Sunshine Sachs is one of the leading crisis management companies in the United States and was named the best PR company by the New York Observer in 2014.
The company, founded in 1991, employs around 185 people and counts well-known companies such as Microsoft and eBay among its customers.
Meghan Markle & # 39; ashamed & # 39; Prince Harry putting her pregnancy on Princess Eugenie's wedding day in a & # 39; huge social gaffe & # 39; announced.
Meghan "embarrassed" Prince Harry after revealing that she was "pregnant in a huge social gap" during Princess Eugenie's wedding day, which "angered" the bride and her mother Sarah Ferguson, the book says.
The Duchess of Sussex is said to have announced that she was carrying her first child when she celebrated Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding with the rest of the royal family on October 12, 2018.
But the announcement of the former American actress did not go down well with the Duke of Sussex, 35, according to Howard and Tillett.
"Meghan put her foot in when she decided it would be the ideal time to announce that she and Harry were expecting their first child," the couple wrote.
Meghan Markle & # 39; embarrassed & # 39; Prince Harry, after revealing that she was pregnant during Princess Eugenie's wedding day (pictured together at the event), the book said
The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex is said to have announced that she wore little Archie when she celebrated the wedding of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (see picture above) to the rest of the royal family on October 12, 2018
"It was a big social gap, even if you weren't a king – Eugenie, who was angry, and stealing the limelight from her mother Sarah."
The authors claim the announcement embarrassed Prince Harry, who currently lives in LA with his wife and son.
Meghan and Prince Harry told the public that they were expecting their first child on the eve of their royal journey through Australia and New Zealand on October 15, 2018.
At the time, some fans criticized the couple for making the announcement so close to Eugenie's wedding.
The news of Harry and Meghan's pregnancy was announced at 8:40 p.m. on October 15, 2018 – and it was then that Eugenie's mother Sarah, Duchess of York, published a tweet about her daughter's big day
She posted three more messages (above) saying how "proud" she was of her daughter and new son-in-law Jack – but didn't mention Harry and Meghan
"If Harry and Meghan actually told the royal family about their baby at Eugenie's wedding on Friday, it's pretty dodgy," wrote one person, while another added, "Thunder stealer."
A source previously told BAZAAR.com that Prince Harry and Meghan had not informed their family about the news at the wedding.
They claimed that the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, and Eugenie and Jack all knew about Meghan's pregnancy before the wedding, but the big day was the first time they saw the couple in person to congratulate them .
They added that it was unclear whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge knew in advance.
A representative from Kensington Palace later said the royal family was "excited about the couple."
However, rumors of bad feelings were in full swing when Princess Eugenie's mother tweeted a picture of her royal wedding outfit just as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were going to have a baby.
Kensington Palace officially unveiled the pregnancy on October 15, 2018 at 8:40 a.m. on the occasion of the 59th birthday of Eugenie's mother Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
And right at the time of the announcement, Sarah published a tweet in which she thanked the designer of her dress for the outfit she had worn on her daughter's big day a few days earlier.
She then posted three more messages saying how "proud" she was of her daughter and new son-in-law Jack – but didn't mention Harry and Meghan.
Eugenie's father, the Duke of York, who wished his ex-wife Sarah a "very happy day" on her birthday, also tweeted one of Sarah's tweets with Eugenie and Jack.
Prince Andrew also did not mention the news from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Royals at War: The Untold Story of Harry and Meghan's Shocking Split with the House of Windsor by Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett is expected to be released on July 23.
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