There are not many people who can go nearly anywhere in the world and be recognized by someone. The British Royal Family can definitely attest to being those people, though. Sometimes it seems as though the news about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Queen Elizabeth II are all over the place! They are talked about quite often in the media, but how much do you really know about their lives? Did you know that Prince Harry and Prince William have a stepsister? It started in 1981 when their parents tied the knot…
Even though they went through with their marriage and took all of the steps before and after, Prince Charles was not the prince she had been dreaming of for her whole life. He loved another woman, and she knew it. Who could it have been, though?
Called It Quits
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles met in 1971. They were dating for quite some time, but ended up breaking up and going their separate ways. They both married other people, but this was not the end of their journey together.
Diana explained to the BBC in 1995 that, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” It could not possibly have been easy on Diana, but she did not sit around and let everything get to her. She did the opposite, in fact.
Princess Of Wales
Diana took full advantage of the fact that she was the Princess of Wales. She got very involved in charity work and even went on to become a pop culture icon of her generation. Everyone loved her, and she was not going to let anything bring her down.
Despite her fame and busy schedule, Diana did not let anything get in the way of being the best and most dedicated mother she could be to William and Harry. She revolved her schedule around theirs and even took them to school each morning.
Diana and Charles decided to go their separate ways and get a divorce in the 90s, which wasn’t a super great look for the Royal Family. Divorce was rare, and it was a big deal that they were going through with it. That wasn’t all, though.
A Tragic Death
Around the time of Diana and Charles’ divorce, the press and media was following Diana around everywhere she went. On August 31, 1997, the car Diana had been riding in slammed into a pillar in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. She passed away from the result of her internal injuries.
Everyone all around the world was surprised and sadded to hear about the tragic death of Princess Diana. People from many different places came flooding into London to grieve together and pay their respects. So many people placed flowers outside of the palace that you couldn’t even see the ground anymore.
There was an amazing and heartwarming outpour of love and worldwide grieving over Princess Diana. They held a public funeral for her, and afterward the family had no choice but to try and renormalize their lives. They couldn’t believe it when they found out what Prince Charles did, though. What did he do?
Getting Back Together
In 2005, Prince Charles shook the world up by announcing that he and Camilla not only had started speaking again and had reconciled their differences, but that they also wanted to get married. Prince Harry and William would soon have a new stepmom, whether they liked it or not.
A New Start
Everyone was apprehensive to think that Camilla could ever begin to replace Diana. Charles was happy, so William and Harry tried their best to be as supportive as they could of their father’s new love. Camilla tried to hold the family together.
No Wicked Stepmom
In 2005 Harry made a big statement by saying, “She’s not the wicked stepmother, William and I love her to bits.” At the beginning of their relationship the public was not pleased with what was going on, but eventually she won the hearts of everyone around her. She wasn’t the only new family member they had, though.
Not Only Camilla
When Camilla joined the royal family everyone was so focused on her that they did not even pay attention to the fact that she had two of her own children from her first marriage. One of her children took a big leap and embraced the newly-discovered limelight, while the other decided to stay back.
Tom Parker Bowles
Camilla has a son who goes by the name of Tom Parker Bowles. He is a famous writer and food critic and has even published several books in the past. He was also featured in Masterchef and Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word. What does his sister do, though?
Camilla’s daughter goes by the name of Laura Lopes. She has done everything in her power in order to hide from the spotlight throughout her life. She has been in attendance at the royal weddings and other big events, but she has her own reasons for wanting to stay out of the spotlight.
When Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married, Laura and Tom were young kids. Everyone knew about the history between Camilla and Charles, which made life for her kids quite difficult at times. They were thrown into situations they didn’t ask to be put in.
It was not uncommon at all for papparazzi to be sitting in their cars outisde of the Parker Bowles family home waiting for them to come outside. They constantly followed their cars closely on the streets, not so different from how Diana died tragically. With reason, they hated this.
Dealing With Bullies
Tom once went on the record explaining that, “They’re bullies, half of these people, and they made you very angry. All I wanted to do was smack them in the face and beat the hell out of them. But you couldn’t do that.”
Laura’s experiences throughout the duration of her upbringing caused her to not want to be anywhere near the spotlight as an adult. She tried to stay away from it, but would this interfere with her relationships with the entire royal family?
Won Them Over
After Camilla and Charles officially got married, she said proudly that she owes everything to her family. Even though the papparazi were very hard on her and tabloids ripped her apart and said horrible things about her, she won their hearts in the end.
It’s not uncommon for people to raise their eyebrows and question the genuinity of the friendships between members of the royal family. Specifically, many people bring up the questionable friendship between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton quite often.
As usual, reporters are always trying to dig for the best information they can find on this family and their drama with one another. Many signs pointed to these feuds beginning not between Meghan and Kate, but actually, between William and Harry.
It sure seems like there is a lot of tension going on between William and Harry. The two brothers have always been close and maintained a strong relationship, even if they face many differences. What could have happened to spark this feud?
The Public Noticed
The big feud began when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided they would move out on their own instead of living near the rest of the royal family. They were going to leave the family behind to be on their own, and this clearly really upset William.
Right after Meghan and Harry tied the knot, the couple moved their belongings into Kensington Palace. They spent their first year here, which is where Meghan was able to learn the ins and outs of being a royal from those who had been around for much longer than she had.
Harry and Meghan lived in Nottingham Cottage, which is very close to where the Duke and Duchess of Kent, as well as Princess Eugenie, lived. Prince William and Kate, lived across the grounds, not so close to Harry and Meghan.
As the birth of Harry and Meghan’s first child was quickly approaching, the two wanted to move out of Nottingham Cottage and relocate their lives to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It offered more space and more of an at-home feeling than where they lived at the time.
Renovating The Cottage
After they announced that they wanted to move, big renovations began on the Nottingham Cottage. Prince Harry lived there when he was a bachelor, and it was quite small- it had only two bedrooms. Despite needing more space, could there have been another reason behind wanting to move?
After Harry and Meghan were together for a while, they got married, and after that they had a baby on the way. Even though they were all family now, some people in the family were still giving them the cold shoulder. Everyone in the family was concerned for the relationship between William and Harry.
Time To Chat
Finally, reports came out with a big reason why there was so much tension between the brothers. Apparently, while Harry and Meghan were about to get married, William had his own reservations. He kept wanting to talk to Harry after he and Meghan met, but Harry said no.
Though it was obvious that the couple was in love and they had every intention of getting married, William felt as though Harry may be moving too quickly with Meghan, and he wanted to warn him not too rush like this into such a big commitment.
Prince William tried to be calm and collected when he finally spoke with Harry, but Harry definitely did not see it in that sort of way. “William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like,” a source said.
A member of the royal court stated, “He just wanted to stress that becoming part of the Royal Family is a massive undertaking, and the pressure and scrutiny are [sic] unrelenting. Was Meghan the right one?” It seemed as though many people had their reservations about Meghan.
Harry could not have disagreed more. In his eyes, William’s concern was more of him speaking out against Meghan, the woman he loved. She was still adjusting to being in the spotlight with so much attention on her at all times and was having a hard time. He had to stick up for her.
Her Own Family
Nobody knows the real and factual truth about why the royal family was giving Meghan such a hard time about everything, but we bet nobody expected to hear negative things about her from her own family! Her dad and half sister spoke out.
Some people believe that the royals had a hard time adjusting to Meghan because she is half black, but there are also other rumors. Others think that the reaction from the family is rooted in the fact that she used to be in the Hollywood spotlight since she ws an actress. They may have thought she was just doing this as an act.
It was hard for Prince Harry and Meghan with the family struggles they were dealing with, but they never let that affect how they presented themselves in public. They always stood united together and let their love shine through. Despite the family’s opinions, Meghan was a part of the royal family now.
Some people believe Harry is blinded by love and that he is in the wrong in this situation. “He will brook no criticism of Meghan, and he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”
Someone went on to say, “It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife.” It is no secret that Diana used to get heavily criticized by the press, so maybe he feels as though he needs to do what he can to protect his wife from that.
It seems clear that there is a large amount of tension between the two young couples. To make matters worse, it probably did not help that Harry was assigned to be the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. The Queen decided to pick Harry instead of William for the role.
Some people who are loyal and die-hard fans of the royal family choose to think that feuds between family members don’t actually happen and that it’s all just something thought up by the press. On one occasion, they were asked if they ever have disagreements. There was a long and awkward silence until William blurted out, “Oh yes.”
The four laughed together with a very nervous and uneasy tone. Harry smiled as he took on the next question, which was wondering if the family had yet to resolve these feuds. He said, “We don’t know.” He tried to play it off as an innocent joke, but it was clear that there was still tension.
The tensions only got worse when the rare and complex relationship between Kate and Meghan is thrown into the mix of arguments. Meghan thought that she would be able to find a friend in her new sister-in-law after she and Harry tied the knot, but she wasn’t totally right.
When Kate found out that she was pregnant with her third child, Louis, she must have felt as though she has more important things to handle rather than helping Meghan adjust to the royal family life. Meghan took this personally, even if it wasn’t meant that way.
No Noble Blood
Many people wondered if Kate and Meghan actually got along with one another, or if it was just for show. If they had bad blood between one another, what was the source of it? What could have happened between the two for it to be so tense?
Meghan And Kate
Christmas day of 2017 was the first time that Meghan and Kate made their first official appearance together in public. The two women did not join the royal family under the same circumstances; the two came from completely different worlds.
Kate herself was no royal growing up, but her family was still quite wealthy in their own right. Kate was the daughter of the owners of a party supply company. She attended the University of St. Andrews, where she met her now-husband, William.
After many years of dating, the couple decided to finally tie the knot in 2010. A year after “The Wedding of the Century,” she would officially become the Duchess of Cambridge. In 2011, Meghan also got married.
This marriage, of course, was not to Prince Harry. Back in 2011, she was still trying to get her big break in Hollywood. This California native got hitched to an actor-producer named Trevor Engelson. They decided to split just two years after getting married.
When she was just starting out, she got different roles here and there and even had the opportunity to work as a suitcase girl in Deal or No Deal. Her career really started to take off when she landed the role of Rachel Zane in the legal drama, Suits.
Meghan’s career was really starting to take off and become something great, and the same could be said about her personal endeavors. In 2016, one of her friends set her and Harry up on a blind date. The two got along swimmingly and were in a relationship in no time.
Meghan managed to get an invite to Kate’s exclusive 35th birthday bash as well. We are sure that she had a blast and made a good impression on everyone she met, though that has not been confirmed. What we can confirm, though, is that Meghan gifted Kate with a dream journal for her big day.
Another Royal Wedding
After Meghan and Harry got to know each other some more, they decided to take the next step and tie the knot in 2018. We bet you all remember that wedding! People from all across the world tuned in to watch this historic moment.
Once Kate and Meghan were in the Royal Family, everyone couldn’t help but be curious about how they would hit it off. Insiders have claimed that the two ladies didn’t get along all that well at first.
During the time that Kate was pregnant with Louis, she was stressed both emotionally and physically. It’s understandable that she didn’t have all that much time to give Meghan in order to give her a warm welcome into the family.
Helping Each Other
Meghan was the one who helped Kate during this difficult time! She gave her new sister-in-law diet advice to get her through the pregnancy. In return, Kate helped Meghan with a huge dilemma she was having.
Once this happened, the two became much closer than before. When they had time in their busy schedules, they spent one-on-one time together. They even took a weekend trip together to Wimbleton and were exchanging comments and jokes the whole time!
These two ladies finally got the chance to know each other on a more personal level. Kate was able to take Meghan under her wing when it came to their duties. She asked Meghan to join the Royal Foundation Forum – a charitable organization created by William and Harry.
This was a huge step forward for Meghan. One source close to the family said, “She really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother.”
Just months before giving birth to their baby, Meghan and Harry decided to change addresses and move. They moved to Frogmore Cottage, leaving the rest of the Royal Family behind for the very first time.
This meant that the sisters-in-law would see each other a lot less often than before. All the same, we’re sure they’d still make time for each other on a regular basis. This would likely be truer once the kids got older.
While they aren’t always on the same page, they knew it was in their best interest to help each other whenever they could. They married into such a high-profile family, so they had to have each other’s backs no matter what.
It’s not an easy thing to be a member of the Royal Family. Among other things, it means that millions of people will scrutinize every single little thing about your life. Meghan found all this out when she had met her now-husband, Harry.
Many famous romances tend to have typical fairytale beginnings. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met for the first time through a blind date. At the time, Meghan didn’t know much about the royal.
“I didn’t know much about him,” she said in an interview with the BBC, “so the only thing I asked… was, ‘Well is he nice?’” As it turns out, Harry was even less prepared than Meghan was! It was the first time he’d heard of her.
The good news was that the two had hit it off in no time. In just a few weeks, Harry invited Meghan to an African charity trip. “[It] was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other,” he would later say.
Coming To Light
For several months, the two kept the relationship on the down-low. Only in October back in 2016 did the news finally break out. A source said that Harry had “been desperate to keep the relationship quiet.”
Meghan also posted a rather strange photo on her Instagram profile. It was a picture of two bananas spooning. This happened on the very day the relationship came out. Was this her way of confirming the news?
As per usual, the tabloids were quick to cover all the gossip there was. Meghan was used to the media, but soon enough, she’d learn it was a whole different ballgame when it had to do with the royals.
“There was a misconception that this would be something I would be familiar with,” Meghan said while talking to the BBC. “But I’ve never been part of tabloid culture. I’ve lived a relatively quiet life.”
The press became relentless with their quest to get the latest scoop on the new royal relationship. Some even went so far as to harass Meghan’s mother to figure out more things about her to write about.
Harry got to the point where he had enough. He issued a statement through the Royal House. A source said on the matter: “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety. It is not right that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”
His statement ended up helping the media frenzy to calm down slightly. It wasn’t long before rumors about William’s worries began circling. The Duke of Cambridge then had to issue a statement of his own.
This is a snippet of the statement that Prince William himself issued: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
It Was Fine
Everyone knew that the ways Harry dealt with the press were not too common for a royal. All the same, the truth is that the family had no problem with the way he defended his significant other. Everything was good.
By the end of 2016, Harry’s press hiccup was pretty much forgiven. There was another, more important, bit of news to come out. Queen Elizabeth II herself already given Meghan her seal of approval.
The Queen isn’t just the ruler of the UK. She’s also a big fan of her grandson, Harry. A source that’s close to the royals told US Weekly, “[The Queen is] delighted to see Harry in a loving relationship.”
However, that wasn’t all. Meghan only had good things to say about Queen Elizabeth II. Here is what she told the BBC about her when they asked: “It’s incredible, to be able to meet her through [Harry’s] lens”.
Meghan continued talking about the Queen. She said, “Not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother… She’s an incredible woman.”
In 2016, the adorable couple spent Christmas away from each other. However, they did reunite to spend New Year’s together. Since their secret was already out, they were free to go to Norway like they wanted to.
The two were able to go on an amazing excursion to the Arctic Circle. They even got to see the Northern Lights! Around that time, people who are close to them had said that they clearly saw the pair getting married.
Despite the fact that Meghan and Harry hadn’t said anything about it yet, people began speculating. “I can see them engaged by the spring,” a friend of Harry’s said to Us Weekly. “He’s head over heels.”
After the trip the couple took to Norway, Harry began bringing Meghan to family events and affairs more and more. They even introduced Meghan to Kate and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace at the beginning of 2017.
Meghan had the chance to now get to know her soon-to-be brother-in-law better. Prince William and Meghan reportedly got along from the get-go. The Prince’s are very likeable and friendly people, and it is most definitely important for Prince William to get along with anyone who is close to his brother. One of the sources exclaimed, “Naturally, William is very happy for his brother.”
Things were certainly not the same for those who are related to Meghan, her side of the family had their own experiences, views and had to meet the royals. Once things began to get truly serious between the two- Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland was flown to London to meet her daughter’s boyfriend. Meeting the parents is a major sign that this was certainly not just a little fling.
No doubt Prince Harry still has his fair share of nerves, meeting your girlfriend’s parents is always a scary thing no matter who you are. However, to no one’s surprise charming Harry had absolutely no problem getting along with Meghan’s mom. The world was starting to see the couple and truly began to think that they were simply supposed to be together.
Doria was spotted out and about with the couple multiple times. Since we have discussed Meghan’s mom, her dad too needs to be brought up. Meghan explained, “He’s talked to my dad a few times, [but] hasn’t been able to meet him yet.” Harry certainly wanted to meet Meghan’s dad but each and every couple does thing their own way, and Meghan was not as close to her dad as she was her mom.
At this point, the couple were still residing in separate homes, they had not moved in together. Regardless of this, they were super intimate and close and spent as much time as they could together. When Meghan was not busy or working, she would spend all her free time at Kensington Palace. They simply adored the company of one another and we can assume that they wanted to spend as much time together as possible.
The couple were then spotted together in Jamaica, a memorable trip. Prince Harry had asked Meghan to accompany him as his plus one to a wedding. This was a clear symbol of just how close the pair were getting. They were definitely serious about one another and people were truly getting more and more excited about their relationship. Another trip for these two and it was evident they were getting in close with each others lives.
Meghan shut down her lifestyle website which was rather popular, The Tig. This caused commotion and rumour that a proposal was very much on the way. Meghan reportedly said that she did so in order to focus more on giving back and the charity work she was involved in. Naturally, if an engagement was on the way she needed to take the necessary step in order to prepare for royalty, there would be certain expectations.
The public began chatting and stirring up more commotion when they spotted Meghan in London just as the wedding of Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa was about to happen. Pippa Middleton was marrying Meghan was taken straight to the palace upon her arrival at Heathrow International Airport. A wedding invite of that nature meant that the two were definitely very serious.
This was the first royal family event that Meghan would attend and she was seen at the reception. Being invited and seen at these events is a sign of just how serious things are especially when dating a royal as events and publicity are taken very seriously. Aside from that Meghan also attended the Audi Polo Challenge, she cheered her beau on the entire time. The world’s anticipation was evidently growing.
The Prince and Meghan embarked on another trip together, the went to Africa again. This trip was in celebration of Meghan’s 36th birthday. Not necessarily the regular way to celebrate one’s birthday but no doubt they had an unbelievably memorable time, especially since the pair first spent proper quality time on a trip in Africa. A trip down memory lane and some time away for the loved up couple.
Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale is founded in Africa- the pair went to the exact spot and paid a visit. “Sentebale” is a Sotho word that translates to, “forget me not.” The word was chosen to be the name of the charity in memory and as a declaration to Princess Diana. Princess Diana was generous and very involved in giving back thus, this was such a beautiful way for Harry to honor his late mom.
Meghan’s appearances were only growing in stature, in September of 2017 her first big-time royal appearance occurred. Meghan was invited to the annual Invictus Games. This major event is totally prestigious and is held yearly in order to pay tribute to military personnel that are hurt, injured or wounded in some way or another. It is an event held of very high regard and taken seriously buy all.
Two Become One
The Invictus Games were being held in Toronto, Canada. Meghan and Prince Harry were photographed by the press very close to one another and even holding hands, by now surely everyone knew just how serious the pair were. This time, Meghan’s mom, Doria was also there. The publics anticipation was becoming more and more evident- they knew a proposal was just around the corner.
Just after a year had passed, Meghan publicly discussed her relationship, it was the right time. Meghan was the feature cover of Vanity Fair, October edition. She was photographed and had an interview in which she discussed her relationship with Prince Harry. Being publicly open is a huge step in any relationship, nonetheless one where you are dating a royal. This is what she had to say…
“We’re a couple. We’re in love,” Meghan Markle exclaimed and she was ready for the public to know it loud and proud. She went on to say, “I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell.” The fact that this information went public and Meghan chose to discuss it, solidified just how serious the couple were at the time. No doubt the magazine was extremely sort-out.