Kate Middleton turns 41 on Monday, the day before her much-publicized memoir from her brother-in-law, Prince Harry.Replacementfinally goes on sale.
It is probably not the happiest day for the princess.
“Harry and Meghan always have the knack of timing,” said a senior royal source who knows Prince William and Kate. The Prince and Princess of Wales, the source said, were “stunned” by Harry’s book bomb.
But it was not always like this. In fact, when William asked Kate the question after eight years together, his younger brother Harry was emotional, saying in 2010 of his brother’s wedding: “It means I have a sister, which I’ve always wanted.”
However, the woman Harry once spoke glowingly of is portrayed as cold and uncaring in his book.
“Kate, William and Harry were the best of friends, they were inseparable,” the source from Wales said. “These are the words of a man so literally blinded by love that he can’t see clearly.”
But in “Spare”, Harry blames Kate for taking his beloved brother “Willy” from him. writing that after their wedding in April 2011: “The brother I escorted to Westminster Abbey that morning was gone, forever. Who could deny it?
Contradictoryly, Harry writes that he had long dreamed of forging a working partnership with William, Kate and his own wife, even before meeting and falling in love with the “Suits” star in 2016.
“I also said that I couldn’t wait for them to meet her, that I hoped the four of us would spend a lot of time together, and I confessed, for the umpteenth time, that this had been my dream for a long time: to join them.” with an equal partner. To become a foursome,” Harry writes.
Instead, Kate and Markle were never close friends.
From the moment her relationship with the prince was revealed, Markle was publicly compared to Kate. future queen of great britain: the English rose against the outspoken American actress.
Inside Harry’s new memories
According to Harry’s book, when the focus shifted to Markle, Kate felt she was being “forced to compete with Meg.” He details how Kate “winced” when Markle borrowed some lip gloss at his first “Fab Four” event, an appearance at the Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018.
The Duke of Sussex writes that the exit marked the start of the press’s division of women after journalists “sensed” tension during the panel.
“I think Kate was made nervous by warning her and everyone else that she was now going to be compared and forced to compete with Meg,” Harry writes.
He adds that Kate was furious in 2018 when Markle accused her of having “baby brain” after the birth of Prince Louis and demanded that Markle apologize.
Following this, Harry said the couples met for tea at Kensington Palace in June 2018 to try to reconcile.
However, the prince alleges that Kate told her new sister-in-law: “You talked about my hormones. We’re not close enough for you to talk about my hormones!”
Harry, now 38, recalls how an “offended” Kate gripped his chair so tightly that her fingers turned white.
“I can imagine Harry and William coming to blows, to be honest. I think William is quite impulsive,” the Welsh source said. “But Kate has been one of Harry’s biggest supporters, so this is really heartbreaking.”
Despite the hurtful comments, the source insisted that William and Kate will not be torn apart by the book, saying: “They are so close, they are made of very strong stuff.” Still, “everyone is pretty shaken up, they’re reeling. Let’s be honest, it’s been hit after hit after hit.
“It’s so disrespectful, so hurtful and [the book is just delivering the last blow. It’s like when you’re in the boxing ring and there’s the knockout punch — there’s no way back.”
In Harry and Markle’s infamous 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle, now 41, confirmed that she felt she had been held to a different standard than Kate.
Winfrey shared a media story in which Kate was celebrated for cradling her baby bump — while a later story about Markle doing the same thing had the headline: “Meghan Can’t Keep Hands Off Baby Bump for Pride or Vanity.”
“I don’t know why. I can see now what layers were at play there,” Markle told Winfrey.
“[The press] He really seemed to want a hero/villain narrative.”
While Markle has been happy to talk, Kate has stuck to the repeated royal family motto: “Never complain, never explain” and, like her husband and the rest of the family, has kept quiet.
Markle herself stated in the recent Netflix documentary series “Harry & Meghan” that Kate was “formal” behind closed doors.
“Even when Will and Kate came over and I first met her, I remember her in ripped jeans, she was barefoot,” she said.
The Duchess of Sussex added that she has “always been a hugger” and didn’t realize how “jarring” she was to “a lot of Brits”.
But a source retaliated, telling People magazine that Kate is a hugger, adding, “She is warm and friendly and greets everyone with a big hug and kiss. It’s natural for her to be like that.”
there was also a Row Over Princess Charlotte Bridesmaid Dress, the daughter of William and Kate, for the Sussexes’ wedding in May 2018. While reports said Markle made Kate cry, Markle told Winfrey it was the other way around; Harry writes that he came home after the incident to find his fiancée on the floor, sobbing.
“I was horrified to see [Meghan] very upsetting, but I didn’t think it was a catastrophe,” he writes, downplaying the situation. “In fact, the next morning, Kate came with flowers and a card saying she was sorry.”
As Page Six has written before, Kate has strong family support with her parents, Carole and Mike Middleton, as well as her sister, Pippa, and brother, James, and the family has embraced William. Meanwhile, Harry seems to have bonded with Markle’s mother, Doria.
Asked what Harry’s book means for his relationship with William and Kate, the source who knows the Waleses said: “I hope Harry had moments of conscience when he was writing this. I think there was a time when people thought it would be a smarter, less provocative, less sensational book, but here we are.”
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