Everyone in the British royal family has his or her own quirks, habits, and secrets that you didn’t know.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle get plenty of media attention.
Did you know that William and Harry have a stepsister, let us fill you in.
This story all started with the marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. It might have looked like a dream come true, but there was more to this story…
While the two of them exchanged vows and became man and wife, they were not a match made in heaven. The truth was that Prince Charles was already in love with someone else at the time!
Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles met in 1971. They were together but decided to split up after a few years. They went their own ways and married other people, but they never forgot about each other.
In 1195, Princess Diana once said: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” While awkward, she did not moan and sulk but did the opposite!
She decided to simply embrace the position of the Princess of Wales! She reignited interest in the royal family with all her charity work. She became a pop culture icon, but this was not all that happened.
She also became famous for the way she raised her royal kids. She did not just let nannies or relatives look after them. No, she made the effort to schedule her day around them. She also dropped them off at school and included them in her events.
The royal family had it rough back in the mid ‘90s. Diana and Charles called it quits and then got a divorce. This did not them any favors, of course, but this was not yet the worst part about it.
On August 31, 1997, Diana had been driving a car when she got into a car accident at the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. The press had been on her heels back then. Sadly, she died from the internal injuries.
A lot of people were stunned when they heard the news. Mourners began to go to London in thrones to honor her memory. They placed so many flowers outside the house that it looked just like a carpet!
There was a big outpouring of grief. After the public funeral, it was time for the royal family to go on with their lives. Those who learned about what Charles did next was shocked to hear about it, however.
In 2005, the public found out that Charles and Camilla were seeing each other. They did not only reconcile but planned to marry as well. It meant that Harry and William would have a new stepmom.
The public weren’t certain if she could replace Diana. It must have been stressful for the royals, but they were able to pull through. Charles was happy, which made his sons happy as well. All thanks to Camilla!
“She’s not the wicked stepmother,” Harry explained back in 2005, “William and I love her to bits.” Even though the public was skeptical at first, they eventually came around and accepted her. What a relief!
Everyone was so focused on Camila that they did not realize that she was not the only one to join the British royal family. The truth was that she was the mother of two kids from her first marriage.
Tom Parker Bowles, her son, is a famous food writer and critic. He has published several books before, appeared in Masterchef, and was involved in Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word. But what about his sister?
Her daughter is called Laura Lopes, and she has opted out of the spotlight instead. While she is present at royal weddings and other occasions, she decided it would be better to stay in the shadows.
The siblings were no more than kids when Charles and Diana got married. They were the children of his ex, so they still had to deal with the media in those days. Clearly, it was not easy for Laura and Tom.
The paparazzi liked to wait outside their home to catch sight of their family. They often followed them on the streets, which is not unlike the way that Diana ended up dying several years after this happened.
Dealing With Bullies
“They’re bullies, half of these people, and they made you very angry,” Tom told the Mail. “All I wanted to do was smack them in the face and beat the hell out of them. But you couldn’t do that.”
For Laura, this was the reason she decided to shy away from the spotlight instead of basking in it. But did this mean that she also decided not to be active in the royal family? Let us find out.
Won Them Over
After she married Charles, Camilla said that she would not have gotten to this point without her family. The paparazzi and tabloids hounded her and criticized her, but she managed to charm them in the end.
It is not new for folks to wonder about the “true” relationships among royals. The grapevine also talked about tension between Kate and Meghan. Could it be true that there is tension between the ladies?
Reporters also try to dig out the truth. They were able to provide some clarity into what was going on. They said that the true root of the problem appears to be a feud between Harry and William instead.
It looks like there is some brotherly beef going on in the royal family. The two of them were always close even though they are very different people. What could Harry and William possibly be fighting about?
The Public Noticed
What made the public suspicious was a deviation from tradition. Harry and Meghan decided it was time to live on their own and leave the other royal family members behind. The couple wanted to move out!
They first resided in Kensington Palace. That was where Meghan spent her first year as a royal family member. She managed to adjust to her new life with the help of veterans who could help her out.
Harry and Meghan moved into Nottingham Cottage, which is near where Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Kent lived. Kate and William had a big apartment across the grounds from them as well.
As the birth of their kid started to get closer, they opted to leave “Nott Cott” to move into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. Among others, the latter is more spacious and accommodating than their old home.
Renovating The Cottage
Renovations on Frogmore Cottage started right away. This place only had 2 bedrooms and was once the bachelor pad of Harry himself. Could it be that there is more to this big move than they were letting on?
There was a certain iciness that didn’t melt right away even when the two of them got married. It looked like the other members of the royal family had certain concerns, and even Prince William shared them.
Time To Chat
The reason behind the move would soon come to light. There was tension in the family, which allegedly started when Harry and Meghan started to go out. William had something to tell Harry about it too.
William knew that the two were in love with one another. It was clear that marriage was the next step, but he told Harry not to be too rash. He was also apprehensive about the speed with which they moved.
“William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like,” a tipster said. Prince William tried to speak as gently as he did. Even so, Harry felt rather miffed.
The source was supposedly a member of the royal court. They said, “He just wanted to stress that becoming part of the Royal Family is a massive undertaking, and the pressure and scrutiny are [sic] unrelenting. Was Meghan the right one?”
No doubt, Harry was not in agreement with William. He found it to be offensive to Meghan. Back then, she was already dealing with the media, a difficult family, and public speculation. He stood up for her!
Her Own Family
The reason for the animosity the royal family had for Meghan has yet to be verified. Even if this was the case, we doubt that the House of Windsor expected what Meghan’s dad and half-sister said about her.
There is a theory that the animosity comes from her heritage. However, there are folks who think that it has more to do with her acting past. Maybe they assumed that she was not being real with them.
It was likely hard for them, but Harry and Meghan did not waver in the public eye. They always had each other’s back and showed everyone how in love they were. Meghan is now a part of the royal family too!
There are sources that say Harry was in the wrong here. “He will brook no criticism of Meghan,” one tipster said. “And he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”
A courtier explained, “It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife.” Diana used to get criticized by the media a lot too. Maybe this was his way of making it up to her!
If there really is tension among the fab four, it must not have helped that Queen Elizabeth picked Harry to be the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. Some say that being passed on for it hurt William.
Royal fanatics tend to push back the thought of conflict and say that the press is only making things up. However, the two couples once got asked if they have disagreements. An awkward silence ensued, and William broke it by saying, “Oh yes.”
They all laughed at this. Harry was smiling as he took on the next question. Asked if the feuds get resolved, he replied, “We don’t know.” While he said it humorously, it was clear there was truth in it.
The old tensions only got worse when you factor in the complex relationship between Meghan and Kate. After Meghan joined the royal family, she must have been hoping to have a friend in her sister-in-law.
Back then, Kate was carrying her third child, Louis. She must not have gotten the memo to help out Meghan. With her kids and duties, she had a busy schedule. Maybe Meghan assumed she got snubbed.
No Noble Blood
Reporters keep wondering if there was true tension between the ladies. Do they like each other or is it the opposite? While they were both born commoners, they went on to be visible royal family members.
Meghan And Kate
In 2017, the two of them made their first official appearance together on Christmas. Meghan and Kate became royal family members in rather different situations. While they are both not noble, they still have different backgrounds.
Kate might not have noble blood, but she is from a rich family that owned a party supply company. She attended the University of St. Andrews as well. It was there that she befriended Prince William!
After dating for years, William and Kate tied the knot in 2010. She became the Duchess of Cambridge a year after “The Wedding of the Century.” Meghan also got married back in 2011, but to whom?
She did not even know Harry back then. Meghan was trying to make it big in Hollywood in those days. This LA native got married to actor-producer Trever Engelson. Two years later, they broke up and she made it big!
When she was only starting out, she got small parts and even worked as a suitcase girl on Deal or No Deal. Her big break came when she got cast to play Rachel Zane in the legal drama Suits.
With her career improving, her personal life was doing the exact same thing. In 2016, one of her friends decided to set her and Harry up on a blind date! Luckily, Meghan and the prince hit it off right away.
She got invited to the 35th birthday party of Kate. Meghan must have given them a good impression, although this has not been confirmed. At any rate, she did give her future sister-in-law a dream journal.
Another Royal Wedding
The two ladies got to know each other some more soon enough. In 201, Harry and Meghan got hitched. People from across the globe all tuned in to watch the wedding. It was the first time a mixed-race foreigner became part of the royal family!
By then, both Kate and Meghan were already part of the royal family. People wondered if the two of them would get along well. Insider accounts said that things did not start out smoothly for them.
When Kate was carrying Louis, she was under a lot of physical and emotional stress. She did not have much time and energy to give her new sister-in-law the warm welcome that she would have otherwise.
Helping Each Other
Meghan was able to lend Kate a hand during some tough times. She gave dietary advice to her pregnant sister-in-law during that trying period of her life. Kate also helped the newcomer out at one point.
After that happened, Kate and Meghan got even closer. The two of them liked to spend one-on-one time with each other when they could. They even went to Wimbledon with each other for a weekend!
The ladies started to know one another on a personal level. Apart from that, Kate took Meghan under her wing in terms of their duties. She invited Meghan to join a charity organization called the Royal Foundation Forum, which was started by William and Harry.
This was a huge step for Meghan, of course. One source even claimed, “She really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother.”
A few months prior to the birth of their kid, Harry and Meghan wanted to move into a different place. They decided to live in Frogmore Cottage instead, which meant leaving behind the other royals.
The move meant that Meghan and Kate would no longer see one another all that much. Even so, we bet that they would still clear their schedules to do that. This might be even truer when the kids are older!
They might not always be on the same page, but they knew that it was only right to help their sister-in-law out. Meghan and Kate married into the royal family, so it is in their best interest to do such a thing.
It is not easy to marry into the royal family, after all. For one thing, you will need to get ready for the intense scrutiny people will have about your life. Meghan knows all about this better than anyone else.
Many famous romances come with fairytale beginnings. This is not the case for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who started out with a blind date. Back then, Meghan was not that acquainted with royal life.
“I didn’t know much about him,” she told the BBC, “so the only thing I asked… was, ‘Well is he nice?’” Apparently, Harry was less prepared than Meghan! That was the first time he had ever heard of her.
The good news? They got along like a house on fire right away. In just a few weeks, he invited Meghan to a charity trip in Africa. He later recalled, “[It] was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.“
Coming To Light
They opted to keep mum about the relationship for several months. In late October 2016, the truth came to light at last. A source even said that Harry had “been desperate to keep the relationship quiet.”
Meghan posted a pretty strange photo on Instagram too. It was one of two bananas spooning. This was on the same day that word got out about their relationship. Maybe this was her confirmation of it!
The tabloids, of course, were quick to report every piece of gossip possible. Meghan might have been used to media attention, but she soon found out that it was different when it was about the royals.
“There was a misconception that this would be something I would be familiar with,” she explained when she got to talk to the BBC. “But I’ve never been part of tabloid culture. I’ve lived a relatively quiet life.”
The media had been unforgiving when it came to getting the latest scoop about the royal relationship. In fact, there are reporters who harassed her mother just to learn more things about the actress. Yikes.
Harry was not having it. Through the Royal House, he issued a statement. A tipster said, “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety. It is not right that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”
The statement succeeded in helping the frenzy go down a little. Not long after that, rumors started to go around about how concerned William was. The Duke of Cambridge had to issue his own statement too.
Here is part of the statement that the Duke of Cambridge issued: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
It Was Fine
It was not a secret that Harry was dealing with the press in a rather uncommon way. In reality, the family had no problems with how he defended the woman that he loves. Yes, all was good.
By the end of 2016, the press hiccup was pretty much forgotten. Maybe because there was some more important news that got out. It turns out that the Queen already gave Meghan Markle her approval!
Queen Elizabeth is not only the ruler of the United Kingdom. She is also a huge fan of Harry! One source close to the family claims “[The Queen is] delighted to see Harry in a loving relationship.”
There was more to the story than that. Meghan also had good things to say about the Queen! This was how she spoke to the BBC about it: “It’s incredible, to be able to meet her through [Harry’s] lens.”
What else did Meghan think about the Queen? Well, she said, “Not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother… She’s an incredible woman.”
In 2016, the two of them spent Christmas Day apart, but they were able to get together for New Year’s. With the cat already out of the bag, the couple was free to spend the holiday in Norway.
Yes, Harry and Meghan went on a great excursion to the Arctic Circle. They got to see the Northern Lights as well! Around that time, people they were close to said that marriage must be next for them.
While Harry and Meghan had not mentioned it yet, people were already speculating. “I can see them engaged by the spring,” a close friend of Harry said at one point. “He’s head over heels.”
After they went to Norway for the holidays, Harry began to take Meghan to various family affairs and events more often. In early 2017, they also introduced her to Kate and Charlotte at Kensington Palace.
It was a given that Meghan was also going to spend more time with Prince William. Sources claim that the two of them got along immediately. A source said, “Naturally, William is very happy for his brother.”
Let us now hear more about her family. The time came for Meghan to introduce Harry to her mother. This was why she flew Doria Ragland, her mom, to London to get to know the prince some more.
Without a doubt, Harry must have been nervous about meeting her mother. Luckily, he and Doria had no problems getting along in no time at all. It was clear that Harry and Meghan were the perfect match.
After that, Doria was spotted with the couple a number of times. However, did Harry ever meet her father? Meghan said, “He’s talked to my dad a few times, [but] hasn’t been able to meet him yet.”
While they were living on their own back then, Harry and Meghan already got very close to one another. When she was not working in Toronto, she was “virtually living” at Kensington Palace. How interesting!
The next big event that took place was when Harry brought Meghan to Jamaica. She was his plus one at a friend’s wedding. People knew that it was a big step for them. Photos of them confirmed it as well!
The rumors grew further when Meghan decided to shut down her lifestyle website called The Tig. She explained that she did this so that she can be able to focus more on her charity work.
The buzz began to grow even more when Meghan arrived in London just before Pippa Middleton got married. The actress was brought directly to the palace as soon as she landed at Heathrow Int’l Airport.
Yes, Meghan was present at the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton. That was the first time she was seen at a royal family event. Apart from that, she also cheered her beau on at the Audi Polo Challenge.
They returned to Africa together as well. This time, it was in celebration of her 36th birthday. This might sound like an odd idea, but many people think that they first bonded over their desire to help others.
Harry and Meghan visited the founding site of Sentebale, his charity. It is named after a word that means “forget me not” in the language used by the Lesotho people. He picked this to honor Diana.
Her first big royal appearance, however, took place at the Invictus Games back in September 2017. It was an event held in honor of wounded, injured, and sick military personnel via sports and physical competitions.
Two Become One
Held in Toronto, the press snapped photos of Harry and Meghan locking hands during the games. Doria was also present during the event. It only made folks think that their families would soon become one.
After over a year, Meghan decided that it was time to come clean. She graced the October issue cover of Vanity Fair. She also granted a tell-all interview about the relationship between her and Harry!
“We’re a couple. We’re in love,” she wanted everyone to know. Meghan also went on to say, “I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell.”
“But,” Meghan continued, “I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
Popping The Question
With the word out, there was only one more thing that Prince Harry had to do. He finally asked Meghan to marry him in November 2017. Everyone was excited to hear that the actress said yes to the proposal.
Word of the engagement got out, of course. It was only expected after seeing the buzz that surrounded them. Prince Charles issued his own official statement, which said, “His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.“
The same day that the engagement was announced, Harry and Meghan decided to talk to the BBC about what happened. In the video, the couple recalled the fateful night that took place in Kensington Cottage.
“It was just a standard typical night for us,” Harry recounted. Meghan then said, “Just a cozy night… trying to roast a chicken. It was just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic.”
Meghan was so happy about the proposal that she interrupted Harry to say yes before he even finished asking her. “It was just the two of us and I think I managed to catch you by surprise as well,” he said.
During an engagement photo shoot session, people wanted to know when Harry realized that Meghan was really “the one.” There was no hesitation in his voice when he said, “The very first time we met.”
Finally, Harry and Meghan tied the knot in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018. Many people watched the two of them walk down the aisle. In fact, tens of millions of viewers tuned in to watch their wedding!
Meghan looked gorgeous in her Givenchy gown. She wore a diamond-platinum tiara that came from the Queen’s collection. Prince Charles walked her down the aisle instead of her father.
On 15th October 2018, Harry and Meghan announced were granted the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They also announced that they had a child on the way.
Would their child be disappointed when they grow up and discover they probably won’t sit on the throne?
On 6th May 2019, Harry and Meghan welcomed Archie into the world. He is the seventh in line for the throne because he comes after Charles, William, George, Charlotte, Louis, and Harry!
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