Meghan Markle poses with photo of Kate Middleton years before joining royal family
By MIRROR | 4 weeks ago
There has been much gossip, analysis and judgement surrounding the relationship between Meghan Markle and her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge.
Despite initial reports that the two royal women got in really well, it didn't take long before contradictory rumours started to leak through.
Many said they were simply "very different" but other sources believed there was a deeper issue and Meghan confirmed in her interview with Oprah Winfrey that one row ended in tears.
While the two women only met in 2017, as they were both celebrities, it's unlikely that they didn't know of each other before Harry started dating Meghan.
In fact, an old photo has resurfaced that shows Meghan posing with a photo of Kate - years before they met.
In promo work for her role in Suits, Meghan posed with a cover of U Magazine which featured Kate on the front cover back in 2014.
However, in a glaring error the magazine states that Kate is pregnant with twins - when she was actually just awaiting the arrival of Princess Charlotte.
Like any proud boyfriend, Harry couldn't wait to introduce Meghan to his family and friends when their relationship started getting serious.
Their long-distance relationship meant they had to wait a while for the introductions.
In their engagement interview, Meghan described Kate as "wonderful" while Harry said his brother had been a "fantastic support".
Asked what it was like introducing Meghan to his dad Prince Charles and William, he replied: "What was it like? It was exciting I mean I've - you know I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I - literally didn't tell anybody at all.
"And then William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine.
"So, you know, being our neighbours we managed to get that in a couple of - well quite a few times now and Catherine has been absolutely."
Meghan then cut in, adding: "She's been wonderful."
Harry then continued: "...amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support.
"And then my - my father as well, we had a couple of - no more than that. A handful of teas and meetings and all sorts of gatherings over at his place as well.
"So, no, the family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support and my grandparents as well have been - have been wonderful throughout this whole process and they've known for quite some time.
"So how they - how they haven't told anybody is - is again a miracle in itself.
"But now the whole family have come together and have been a huge amount of support."
However when Meghan sat down with Oprah to talk about her time in the royal family, it was a very different story.
She explained her disappointment that she wasn't allowed to correct media reports that she made Kate cry, claiming it was actually the other way around.
She said it was a "turning point" in her time in the royal family and admitted she was hurt that the royals didn't correct the story.
After confirming that the "narrative with Kate didn't happen", she said "The reverse happened. And I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding.
"And she was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised. And she brought me flowers and a note, apologising. And she did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it.
"What was shocking was . . . what was that, six, seven months after our wedding? I would have never wanted that to come out about her ever, even though it had happened. I protected that from ever being out in the world.
"A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining — yes, the issue was correct — about flower-girl dresses, and it made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings.
"And I thought, in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding, that it didn’t make sense to not be just doing whatever everyone else was doing, which was trying to be supportive, knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot.
"It wasn’t a confrontation, and I actually don’t think it’s fair to her to get into the details of that, because she apologised.
"What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do but that happened to me. And the people who were part of our wedding going to our comms team and saying, ‘I know this didn’t happen.’ I don’t have to tell them what actually happened."
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