The deepest and most lasting split within the Royal family is not between Prince William and Prince Harry, claims one royal expert, but between William and his sister-in-law Meghan Markle.
The future king was so angry with the way that Meghan had treated his wife, Kate Middleton, that he stayed furious “for well over a year,” claims Daily Mail columnist Dan Wootton – who backs up his claim with quotes reportedly from Palace sources.
William will never forgive Meghan even if Kate and Harry did manage to bury the hatchet, he says.
The rift dates back to Meghan and Harry’s wedding day and the notorious “Tiaragate” scandal.
Reports at the time centred on Meghan’s choice of jewellery, and her insistence on wearing a tout that had belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
According to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's book Finding Freedom: “[Royal stylist] Angela Kelly said she couldn’t come to London [from Windsor] and Harry went ballistic. He was furious at the treatment of his then fiancee. Such a snub.’
‘Meghan demanded access to the tiara. She didn’t make an appointment with Angela, but said, “We’re at Buckingham Palace, we want the tiara. Can we have it now please?”
‘Angela essentially said, “I’m very sorry, that’s not how it works.” There’s protocol in place over these jewels. They’re kept under very tight lock and key. You can’t turn up and demand to have the tiara just because your hairdresser happens to be in town.”
A Palace source said at the time that in a “heated exchange”, Her Majesty the Queen told Harry: “Meghan cannot have whatever she wants. She gets what tiara she’s given by me”.
Shortly after that, Meghan is said to have “b*******d” staff at Kensington Palace, after which Kate told Meghan: “That's unacceptable, they're my staff and I speak to them.”
Writing in the Daily Mail, Wootton quotes an anonymous source as saying that Kate “attempted to try and help Meghan understand the responsibilities of royal life, but her efforts were constantly misinterpreted.”
That friction reached a peak after Meghan named Kate during the heavily-publicised Oprah Winfrey interview as the person who named her cry in a disagreement over the flower-girl dresses she had chosen for her wedding to Prince Harry.
Kate would have been unable to retaliate, claims Wootton, adding that his Palace source told him: “Despite her growing confidence in public, Kate is a deeply sensitive woman who likes to stay behind-the-scenes as much as possible to support her family and the country.”
He added: “William thinks the way she has been treated is unfair.”
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
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