Prince Harry wanted to marry Meghan Markle "as quickly as possible" so that she got police protection security, a royal author has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex met his future wife in 2016 and they announced their engagement a year later in 2017, before tying the knot in 2018.
The Prince introduced his then-girlfriend to his family soon into their relationship and according to new book The Palace Papers by Tina Brown, Prince William was "nervous" about the speed of his brother's whirlwind romance.
Brown claims a friend of William's told her that the older brother thought Meghan should have "more time to build up a life in the UK and make friends who didn't always have to brought in confidence to the Palace".
The author writes that it had been hard enough for his wife Kate Middleton to join the Firm and claims the pressure on Meghan would have been greater as she was a glamorous actress and the first woman of colour to join the Royal Family, the Daily Mirror reports.
But when this was suggested to Harry, Brown writes: "To his brother's concerns, Harry riposte can be summarised as, I am told, 'Well, actually the best way that I can protect her is to marry her as quickly as possible, because as soon as I marry her she will then get police protection'."
And it seems security is still an issue that Harry is still very much concerned about.
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He is currently locked in a bitter legal battle with the British government over the Home Office decision to take away his taxpayer-funded security.
Through his lawyers at the High Court in the ongoing case, Harry claims his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous.
The Daily Star has approached the Duke of Sussex for comment.
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