Prince Harry says Kate Middleton seemed ‘on edge’ about Meghan Markle joining Royals and being compared to her

Meghan Markle has notdidn’t say much about her experience of being a working royal with her sister-in-law, the now-Princess of Wales Kate Middleton, but Prince Harry has no qualms about sharing his view of the dynamic. In his forthcoming memoir Spare partshe discusses how he perceived Kate’s feelings about Meghan joining the royal family – and recounts a particularly “awkward” incident between Kate and Meghan at their first royal event together that says a lot about Kate’s headspace at the time.

As Harry types Spare parts that both Kate and Prince William were allegedly “religious” Suit observers and in disbelief that he was dating herwhen Meghan became his fiancée and joined their then-Fab Four, things took a turn.

Before their first event together at the Royal Foundation’s forum in February 2018, Harry described an exchange, via Page six: Kate didn’t exactly give Meghan the warmest reception at the beginning of their working relationship. Meghan had asked to borrow Kate’s lip gloss because she forgot hers, an “American thing” as Harry described it.

“Kate, taken back, reached into her handbag and reluctantly pulled out a small tube,” Harry continued. “Meg pinched something on her finger and applied it to her lips. Kate grimaced.” He believed Meghan, William, Kate and him “should have been able to laugh it off [the moment],” but the press “sensed [it was] something bigger.” Harry speculated that Kate was probably “on edge,” understanding that she would now “be compared to and forced to compete with Meg.” Kate was indeed of the tabloids, though she got far more advantage coverage than Meghan of these publications.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton during their first joint event at the Royal Foundation Forum in February. 28, 2028.

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Meghan talked about comparisons to her and Kate during her Oprah interview in March 2021. “She’s a good person, and I think that so much of what I’ve seen unfold [publicly] was this idea of ​​polarity where if you love me you don’t have to hate her and if you love her you don’t have to hate me,” Meghan said.

Oprah went on to ask Meghan about the tabloids criticizing Meghan while praising Kate for doing the same things as rocking their baby bumps while pregnant. Oprah cited several headlines, and Meghan replied, “It’s a really loaded piece of toast.”

The Duchess of Sussex added that she wasn’t sure why the tabloids had, in Oprah’s words, “a standard for Kate” that was different from the standard for her.

“I can see now what layers were at play there, and again it seems like they really want a hero and a villain narrative,” Meghan admitted.

Harry would go on to reveal it in the couple’s Netflix docuseries, which was released in December 2022 Kate and William’s press office planted negative stories about him and Meghan to the tabloids. He also claimed that the royals were threatened of Meghan’s popularity.

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