No matter where you live on the earth, there are some people you instantly recognize thanks to their fame. We’re sure you’ve heard of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle once or twice. Although they are in front of the cameras quite often, they live pretty secretive lives. Most people don’t know that Prince William and Prince Harry have a step-sibling, and that’s not by mistake! In 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed, but soon after, their fairytale spiraled. What was boiling beneath the surface?
Diana first thought Prince Charles was her knight in shining armor, but this was far from the truth. They exchanged vows, tied the knot and were happily pronounced husband and wife…too bad Charles was already in love with another woman.
Called It Quits
1971 was the year Prince Charles first laid eyes on Camilla Parker Bowles. The young couple began dating but abruptly called it quits several years later. Both moved on and married other people, but it seems some love really is everlasting.
Diana opened up to BBC in 1995 and said, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”. Although she felt rather uncomfortable, she decided to put up with it and devote herself to something else.
Princess Of Wales
To distract herself, she instead focused on her role as the Princess of Wales. Diana’s incredible charity work turned her into a pop culture icon of the decade. Her light brought a spark to the Royal family.
Diana was also recognized for the way she raised her two children. The royal children were often always in the hands of nannies and relatives, but not Diana’s children. The boys were the center of her world and she made sure they felt that. The princess would take the kids to school, and bring them to all of her official events.
During the ’90s, the British Royal family was crumbling right before our eyes. Charles and Diana split, later filing for divorce. For those who aren’t aware, this is highly frowned upon for any member of the monarchy. Too bad this wasn’t even the worst part of it all.
A Tragic Death
On August 31, 1997, Diana was in a vehicle that crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. The Princess succumbed to internal injuries not long after the accident.
The world was shocked by the awful news of Diana’s death. Mourners traveled to London to pay their respects to the late Princess. They brought flowers with them and placed them outside of her home.
Everyone was extremely saddened by the loss of such a great woman. After the funeral procession wrapped up, the family had to go back to their normal lives, no matter how hard it was. Charles’ next step, however, was quite unusual and it shocked the world.
Getting Back Together
Charles and Camilla’s new relationship went public in 2005, just 8 years after Diana’s death. They weren’t just dating, they were planning on marrying! However, William and Harry were not ready for a new stepmom.
A New Start
The royals weren’t the only people skeptical of Diana’s replacement, the public was outraged as well. Despite this, those close to Charles saw how happy he was with Camilla, so they supported him- William and Harry included.
No Wicked Stepmom
Harry explained in 2005, “she’s not the wicked stepmother…William and I love her to bits.” The public slowly followed suit and accepted the new Princess. But little did everyone know, Camilla didn’t join the family alone…
Not Only Camilla
The spotlight was on Camilla and only Camilla, the fact that she had 2 kids from a previous marriage fell through the cracks. One of her children finally stepped in the light, but the other chose to stay in the shadows.
Tom Parker Bowles
Food critic and writer Tom Parker Bowles is the son of Camilla. Tom starred on Masterchef, was on The F-Word by Gordon Ramsay and has written several books. His sister is not in the public eye like her brother.
Camilla’s daughter, Laura Lopes, has done her best to stay out of the spotlight. Although she has been present at certain occasions and a few Royal weddings, she chooses to remain behind closed doors. What’s really going on?
When Diana and Prince Charles married way back when, Laura and Tom were only kids. Paparazzi followed Camilla around, you know the former lover story, and also her kids. This really took a toll on the two of them.
These vultures would wait tirelessly outside of the Parker Bowles’ home hoping to catch a glimpse of the family. Diana passed away because she was being chased by paparazzi. This story sounds all too familiar and it began to get on the family’s nerves.
Dealing With Bullies
Tom spoke to the Mail and said, “They’re bullies, half of these people, and they made you very angry. All I wanted to do was smack them in the face and beat the hell out of them. But you couldn’t do that.” Laura dealt with the bullies in another way.
Instead of basking in the spotlight, Laura stayed as far away from it as she could. Does this mean that she was removed from the Royal Family? Or did she solely keep her distance from the paparazzi?
Won Them Over
Camilla acknowledges that she would have never married Charles had it not been for her family. She rose above the paparazzi’s constant hounding by staying close to her roots, proving that family is always first and foremost.
But, as always, people speculate about the realness of royal friendships. Is it all just a show? The tension between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle has been in the headlines for some time now. Is there any truth to the statement?
As always, reporters dug adamantly to get to the truth. After getting what they wanted, they realized that the tension stemmed from an argument between William and Harry. What can we say, brothers will be brothers!
The boys have always been very close, their mother’s death strengthening their relationship even more. But with similarities always come differences, and that rings true for these royals. Harry and William live very different lives, and this ultimately started the feud.
The Public Noticed
The public became suspicious after seeing both Harry and William divert from an old tradition. Meghan Markle and Harry supposedly wanted to leave the entire royals behind. But what does this even mean?
After they had gotten married, they decided to move into Kensington Palace. This was the abode Meghan called home during her first year as a member of the British Royal Family. She had a lot to get used to!
They then decided to live in Nottingham Cottage, in close proximity to where the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Eugenie live. William, Kate and their children lived across the grounds in a massive apartment
When Harry and Meghan found out they were expecting a child, they decided to leave their current home and go somewhere larger. They felt Frogmore Cottage at Windsor was a good fit for their blossoming family.
Renovating The Cottage
Before Harry married Meghan, this is where he lived, aka bachelor pad heaven. When the couple moved in, extensive renovations were in order. The 2 bedroom home wouldn’t be sufficient for them just yet.
Even after marrying and becoming pregnant, there was still a chill in the air around the royals. William and Harry had the same concerns, which made it even harder for the family. The tension kept building and it didn’t seem like it would end anytime soon.
Time To Chat
The reason for Harry and Meghan’s big move was finally revealed. There was tension between the family when Harry and Meghan began a courtship. William first wanted to speak to Harry about his future sister-in-law.
While William saw how deeply in love his brother and Meghan were, he gave Harry some advice. Although he knew marriage was the next step for the couple, William told Harry to be patient and not to rush into anything. He was also apprehensive about how quickly they dove into this serious commitment.
William tried to gently explain his concerns to Harry, but it seemed to backfire. A source said, “William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like.”
The royal court member said, “He just wanted to stress that becoming part of the Royal Family is a massive undertaking, and the pressure and scrutiny are unrelenting. Was Meghan the right one?”
Harry disagreed with William and was even angry at the jab from his big brother. Harry felt that he needed to stand up for Meghan, especially after handling the media, speculations from the public and her family.
Her Own Family
No one knew quite yet the reason for the Royal Family’s coldness toward Meghan. The royals weren’t the only people who disapproved however. Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, and half-sister, Samantha, also publicly criticized the relationship.
Some people believe Meghan had been given the cold shoulder because of her past career as an actress, while others think it’s because she’s half-black. As we all know, everyone always has an opinion.
Although it must be rather difficult, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan always stand strong when in public. You can see how much the couple adore one another and how united they are. Despite all of his worries, Meghan proved to William that she is as much a member of the family as anyone else.
People claim that the fault lies solely on Harry. Sources explain, “He will brook no criticism of Meghan. And he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”
When Diana was alive, the press criticized her for every move she made. One source said, “It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife.”
With all of the tension, the Queen’s decision to choose Harry as the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth only added to the mix. It has been said that William was hurt that he was overlooked for the job. However, he could have easily vetoed the appointment, but he chose not to.
Many believe that the press is the reason for all of the drama, and that it actually doesn’t exist. But then Harry, Meghan, Kate and William were asked on Live TV whether they ever get into disagreements. The awkward moment of silence was followed up by William’s answer, “Oh yes.”
After William answered, both couples giggled nervously. The commentators then asked if the feuds get resolved. Harry answered, “We don’t know.” From then on it was clear to all that the brother’s relationship had been affected.
When it came to the wives, Kate and Meghan, the tensions only escalatad. Meghan hoped the Duchess of Cambridge would become a good friend, but too bad that wasn’t the case.
Kate must not have gotten the memo that she should guide Meghan along the way. She was pregnant with Louis at the time, so who can really blame her. Kate is quite the busy woman with royal duties and 3 kids to chase after. With such a busy schedule, it only makes sense she didn’t have time for Meghan. However, that didn’t diminish Meghan’s feelings of rejection.
No Noble Blood
Reporters are still curious if tension does in fact exist between the women. Did they dislike each other, or were they good friends? Both Kate and Meghan were quite average women before joining the royal bloodline, now they’re front and center.
Meghan And Kate
In 2017 on Christmas Day, Kate and Meghan made their first official appearance together. The women joined the Windsors under very different circumstances, coming from opposite worlds entirely.
Kate may not have been a royal before meeting William, but she did come from a very wealthy family. Kate’s parents were the successful owners of a party supply company. She went to school at the prestigious University of St. Andrews, where she met William!
After dating for several years, the couple wed in 2010. Their ceremony was dubbed “The Wedding of the Century” and one year later, Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan also did something big that year…she got married!
Meghan was an actress when she married Trevor Engelson, fellow actor-producer. Her career blossomed two years later, and that’s when the pair called it quits. Who knew that her next marriage would be to a royal!
When Meghan started out, she was only cast for small roles and eventually became a suitcase girl on the game show Deal or No Deal. Then came the show Suits where she was cast as lawyer Rachel Zane. Her career took off and she hasn’t looked back since.
It was 2016, and not only was working going well, but Meghan’s love life was heating up too! One day her friend set her up on a blind date with Prince Harry. It’s safe to say the rest is history.
Meghan was thrilled to be an attendee at Kate’s 35th birthday. It has yet to be confirmed, but we bet she made a royal impression on the family! She gifted Kate a dream journal.
Another Royal Wedding
Slowly, Meghan and Kate got to know each other better. In 2018, the world tuned in to see Harry and Meghan tie the knot. This day not only started their lives as a couple, but it also was the first time a mixed-race non Brit joined the family!
Was there space for two strong women next to William and Harry? The world looked on curiously to see if the two would hit it off. Insiders claim that they didn’t agree much in the begininng, but things changed.
Kate was quite stressed both emotionally and physically during her pregnancy with Louis. She knew Meghan deserved more of her time, but was unable to give it to her at that moment.
Helping Each Other
Instead, Meghan took on the role of helper and aided Kate however she needed. Meghan guided Kate through diets she would recommend for pregnancy. That’s when Kate decided to help Meghan overcome a huge obstacle.
This helped the women become even closer and changed their relationship forever. When their schedules didn’t conflict, they spent one-on-one time together. They ended up heading to Wimbledon for a weekend, just the two of them!
They began to get to know each other on a personal level, instead of just professionally. Kate managed to find time to help Meghn maneuver her way around royal duties. William and Harry’s Royal Foundation Forum is a charity that Kate helps run. The Princess invitited Meghan to join her!
This was a big step forward for both women. “She really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother” said a close source.
As you are aware, Meghan and Harry decided to switch homes just before welcoming little Archie into the world. They left the rest of the royals behind and moved into their new home, Frogmore Cottage.
After moving, Meghan and Kate would see much less of each other. We bet they still carve out time for one another, it’ll just be a bit harder now. As the kids grow up, they’ll also want the cousins to be close.
Kate and Meghan may not always agree, but they know how important it is to always help each other, no matter what. When marrying into a high-profile family, you must keep your friends close!
No one said being a royal would be easy, some actually claim it’s the hardest thing to do. Everything in your life is scrutinized, we mean everything. Meghan found out about this only after meeting Harry.
We know many famous romance stories that began like a fairytale. Harry and Meghan’s blind date may not be quite as romantic, but hey, she went out blindly with a royal! That’s pretty cool.
Meghan said to BBC, “I didn’t know much about him, so the only thing I asked… was, ‘Well is he nice?’” At least Meghan had heard of Harry, the prince on the other hand had never even heard of her!
The couple hit it off quickly, Harry invited her to a charity trip to Africa a few weeks after! Harry later said, “It was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”
Coming To Light
The two kept their relationship private for a few months before the news later broke. In October of 2016, news got out that the actress and the prince were officially an item. A close friend recounted, “Harry had been desperate to keep the relationship quiet.”
The very same day the papers read, “Harry and Meghan are a couple!”, Meghan posted this on her Instagram account. Was this the soon-to-be Princess’ way of confirming their relationship??
The media was quick to find out every little thing about her, but good thing for Meghan, she was used to it. Too bad it was a completely different type of paparazzi she was familiar with.