Prince Harry says Prince William discouraged him from dating and proposing to Meghan Markle

For years it was rumored that Prince William had told Prince Harry to slow down his romance with Meghan Markle, and that conversation had strained the princes’ relationship. Meghan and Harry started dating in the summer of 2016, debuting in July 2016; Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017.

IN reserve, Harry’s forthcoming memoir, Harry now confirms that the conversation took place – and that William had never been the most supportive of him dating Meghan.

Us Weekly reports that Harry says in the book that William discouraged him from proposing to Meghan too soon and was dismissive of her being a serious prospect because she was an American actress.

“It’s too soon, he told me. Too soon [to propose],” Harry shared, per U.S. “In fact, he had actually been quite disheartened that I had even dated Meg. One day, sitting together in his garden, he had predicted a host of difficulties I could expect if I ended up with an ‘American actress.’ , a phrase he always managed to make sound like a ‘convicted felon’.”

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Prince William in July 2018.

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Harry went on to write that William refused to spend the night before his wedding to Meghan with him, despite being Harry’s best man, which is what Harry did before William’s wedding to Kate Middleton. “He was scheduled to join us in the evening,” Harry recalled. “But like Meg’s father [Thomas Markle], he had canceled at the last minute. He told me just before he went to tea with Grandma. “Can’t do it, Harold. Kate and the kids.’ I had reminded him that this was our tradition, that we had had dinner before his wedding, that we had gone together and visited the crowds. He persisted. ‘Can’t do it.’

“I had always believed, despite our problems, that our underlying bond was strong,” Harry wrote. “As we were driving I asked him to come to dinner with me. I mentioned perhaps staying the night, as I had done before his wedding. He had come to dinner, he said, but would not be able to stay. ”

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Prince Harry with Prince William on a walk the day before his wedding to Meghan Markle.

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When I first met Meghan, William had an icy reaction to Suit actress’s greeting, spite him and Kate are big fans of the show. Meghan embraced him after Harry hadn’t been told she had to cure during such a causal encounter. “[It] completely freaked him out,” Harry wrote of the move, “he reached back. Willy didn’t hug many strangers. Whereas Meg hugged most strangers.”

Harry added in the memoir, per U.Swhich his brother and father King Charles III was not happy about the statement he posted when the news of him and Meghan dating became public in November 2016, and Meghan was the subject of racist attacks in the British tabloids.

Harry called for the sexist and racist attacks to stop in the statement, which read in part: “Prince Harry is concerned for Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right, that a few months into a relationship with him, that Ms. Markle should be exposed to such a storm. He knows that commentators will say that this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘the whole is part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it’s her life and his.” (These attacks did not stop, and they led in part to Meghan and Harry eventually resign from their senior royal family roles and leave England.)

“Pa and Willy were furious,” he wrote of their reaction to the statement. “They gave me an earful. My statement made them look bad, they both said. Why the hell? Because they had never released a statement to their girlfriends or wives when they were harassed.”

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William’s opinion of Meghan didn’t get much rosier even after Harry and Meghan married in May 2018. Harry alleged in his memoirs that William physically assaulted him during a 2019 discussion they had about Meghan, in which William called her “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”.

In his and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries, Harry talked about Williams press office plants negative tabloid stories about themand both he and Meghan suggested it William authorized his aide to speak against Meghan in her lawsuit against Mail on Sunday‘s publishers.

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Alyssa Bailey is senior news and strategy editor at, where she oversees celebrity and royal coverage (especially Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She has previously held positions at With style and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, getting people to take #ootd pictures of her, and exploring New York City.

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