For a long time, royal watchers have been focused on Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship.
We know Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s sons were close as children, but that changed in the months leading up to Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave the royal family. As a result, more details about how shattered the brothers’ relationship had become became available.
What about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s wife? Did she ever form a bond with Prince William? Here’s a look at whether the Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex had a good relationship in the past.
Before Meghan Markle married Harry, this is how Prince William referred to her.
According to Carolyn Durrand and Omid Scobie’s biography Finding Freedom, which many believe the Sussexes leaked information for (the couple denies this), William wasn’t too keen on Meghan after Harry decided she was the one. According to the book, Willliam failed to provide Harry with the support he expected and referred to Meghan as “this girl.”
According to the book’s sources, William told Harry, “Don’t feel like you have to rush this.” “Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl,” says the narrator.
That remark reportedly enraged Harry, and if he ever told Meghan about it, she probably didn’t feel accepted or welcomed with open arms.
William is seen on video ignoring his sister-in-law.
The Christmas video that went around the world is another example of Meghan and William’s strained relationship. On Christmas Day in 2018, William appears to ignore Meghan outside of church. Meghan turns to say something to her brother-in-law halfway through the video, but William doesn’t respond or acknowledge the duchess, instead adjusting his scarf. Meghan’s reaction was caught on camera after she didn’t get a response, as her face fell and she appeared stunned.
Meghan smiles and quickly turns around to face William again near the end of the video, after the Sussexes and Cambridges walk down the church stairs, but he doesn’t say anything to her.
The internet was buzzing after the video went viral, with almost everyone believing William had snubbed the duchess internationally.
Meghan claimed that the royal family’s smiles aren’t genuine.
If the biography and video evidence aren’t enough, consider Meghan’s own words about her relationship with members of Harry’s family. She admitted to Oprah Winfrey that the family’s outward smiles aren’t genuine.
The former talk show host asked the duchess about her relationships with other royals, particularly William’s wife Kate Middleton, during the Sussexes’ primetime special on March 7, 2021. Countless times, Meghan and her sister-in-law have been photographed smiling together. When Oprah asked if they were really close, Meghan replied, “My understanding and my experience for the past four years is that it’s nothing like what it looks like.” “It’s nothing like what it appears to be,” the duchess added.
As a result, Meghan’s Fab Four and great relationship with William and his wife was all a figment of our imagination.