Very few people can say that they are famous enough to be recognized in nearly all parts of the globe. At any rate, the British Royal family definitely fits the bill. It seems impossible to escape news about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Queen Elizabeth II! They get quite a bit of press time, but how much do we really know about them? For one, we doubt that you know that Prince Harry and Prince William have a stepsister! It started in 1981, when their parents got married…
It was true that they exchanged vows and got married. However, Prince Charles was not her Prince Charming. The entire time, his heart was already in the possession of another woman. Who could it be?
Called It Quits
In 1971, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles met. They entered a relationship but split up a few years later. They went their own ways and married other people. However, it was not the end for them.
“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” Dian explained when she talked to the BBC in 1995. It must have been awkward, but she did not moan and sulk. Quite the contrary!
Princess Of Wales
Diana chose to embrace the fact that she was the Princess of Wales. She was able to bring in a new spark to the royal family when she got into charity work. She also went on to become a pop culture icon.
She chose to deviate from the norm when she raised the kids. She did not just pass them off to nannies or relatives. Instead, she made sure her schedule revolved around them. She even took them to school!
In the mid ‘90s, there were many problems going on in the royal family. Diana and Charles called it quits and got a divorce. This was not a good look, of course. However, this was not yet the worst of them all.
A Tragic Death
On August 31, 1997, the car Diana had been riding collided with a pillar in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. The press had been hot on her heels at the time. Tragically, she died from her internal injuries.
The world was stunned to hear this. Grievers began to flood into London to pay their respects to Princess Diana. There were so many flowers outside her house that it looked just like a carpet! Whoa.
There was an incredible outpouring of grief. After the public funeral, the royal family had no choice but to move on. However, everyone was shocked when they heard what Charles did after this. What was it?
Getting Back Together
In 2005, people found out that Charles and Camilla have reconciled. They were not just seeing each other again, but they wanted to get married too! Harry and William would soon have a new stepmom.
A New Start
The public was doubtful that she could replace Diana. It was another story for the royal family, but they managed. Charles was happy, which made William and Harry happy. Camilla helped them all stay strong.
No Wicked Stepmom
“She’s not the wicked stepmother,” Harry said back in 2005, “William and I love her to bits.” The public had been outraged at the start, they later accepted her. She was not the only new family member!
Not Only Camilla
Everyone was so focused on the way she joined the royal family that some overlooked the fact that she had two children from a first marriage. One of them stepped into the limelight, while the other did not.
Tom Parker Bowles
Tom Parker Bowles, her son, is a famous writer and food critic. He has published several books in the past. He was also in Masterchef and Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word. But what about his sister?
Camilla’s daughter is called Laura Lopes. She has done her best to hide from the spotlight. She has been present in royal weddings and other events, but she has a good reason to stay out of the limelight.
They were small when Prince Charles and Diana got married. As the kids of his former lover, they were constantly hounded by the paparazzi in those days. It made life rather hard for both Tom and Laura.
The paparazzi waited outside their home in the hopes of seeing the Parker Bowles family. They followed their cars on the streets, not unlike how Diana died years later. It got on their nerves, of course.
Dealing With Bullies
“They’re bullies, half of these people, and they made you very angry,” Tom explained to 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.”
What she experienced in the past caused Laura to stay away from the spotlight instead of reveling in it. But does this mean that she has strained relationships with the other members of the royal family?
Won Them Over
After she married Charles, Camilla explained that she owes everything to her family. While the pap hounded her and tabloids talked badly of her, she was able to win them all over in the end.
It was not at all new for folks to question the “true” nature of relationships in the royal family. We are sure you have seen people discuss the friendship between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
Reporters are trying to fish for the truth. In some ways, they have given us a good understanding of what is happening here. According to them, the friction all began in a feud between the brothers.
It looks like there is brotherly beef in the royal family. We all know that Harry and William have always been close to each other despite their differences. What could have possibly started their squabble?
The Public Noticed
How did the public even find out that there was a feud? It began when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to deviate from the norm and live on their own. They decided to leave the other royals behind!
As newlyweds, they moved into Kensington Palace. This was where Meghan actually spent her first year as a royal family member! She managed to adjust to this lifestyle with veterans who could help her out.
Harry and Meghan stayed in Nottingham Cottage, which is near where the Duke and Duchess of Kent, as well as Princess Eugenie, resided. Prince William and Kate, on the other hand, lived across the grounds.
When the birth of their first kid approached, they wanted to leave “Nott Cott” behind and move into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It was more spacious and pleasant than the place where they first lived.
Renovating The Cottage
After this, renovation work on Nottingham Cottage started right away. It only had two bedrooms and was once Prince Harry’s bachelor pad. Do you think there was more to the big move than just its size?
After some time, the two were married and had a kid on the way. Despite this, some iciness remained. A thing that made it difficult for the family? Everyone had the same concern that William had about Harry.
Time To Chat
At long last, the true reason behind the move has come to light. Reports said that the tension among the brothers started when Harry was courting Meghan. William wanted to talk to him after meeting her.
William had no doubts that the two of them were head over heels in love. It was clear that marriage was the next step. However, the older brother told Harry not to rush into such a big commitment.
“William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like,” one source said. Prince William tried to be gentle about it, but Harry still felt miffed about this.
An alleged 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 [sic] unrelenting. Was Meghan the right one?”
Harry begged to disagree. To him, William’s concern was a slight against Meghan, the woman he loved. Back then, she was already going through a hard time with all the attention. He had to stand up for her.
Her Own Family
What was the reason for the cold treatment the royal family gave her? We have yet to know. However, we bet they did not expect to hear bad things about her from her dad Thomas and half-sister Samantha.
One theory claims that it is because she is half-black. However, others think that the reaction stemmed from the fact that she used to work in show business. Maybe they doubted that she was not just acting.
It was hard for Prince Harry and Meghan, but they did not waver in the public eye. They always present a united front and evidently love each other. Despite it all, Meghan was also a royal family member.
Some believe that Harry is the one in the wrong here. “He will brook no criticism of Meghan,” a source said. “And he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”
A courtier said, “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 press, so maybe he wanted to make up for this way.
It seems clear that there is tension between the fab four. We are sure that it did not help that Harry was assigned the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. The Queen chose to bypass William for the role!
Royal family fans do not believe in such a feud and claims that the press just likes to stir up drama. But they were once asked if they have disagreements. Awkward silence ensued until William said, “Oh yes.”
The four laughed nervously. Harry smiled as he took on the next question, which asked if they resolved the feuds. He only said, “We don’t know.” He played it off as a joke, but it was clear that not all was well.
The tensions only got worse thanks to the rather complex dynamic that Meghan and Kate had. When Meghan joined the family at last, she likely thought that she would find an ally in her sister-in-law.
After a while, Kate fell pregnant with Louis, her third child. She must have had other things on her mind than helping Meghan adjust. She just had a busy schedule, but Meghan might have taken it as a slight.
No Noble Blood
Many wondered if there was bad blood between the two. Did they really get along with each other or was it the opposite? They both had no noble blood, but they would go on to be the talk of the town.
Meghan And Kate
They made their first official appearance on Christmas day of 2017. Meghan and Kate did not join the royal family in the same situation. For one thing, the two duchesses came from very different worlds!
Kate herself was no aristocrat, but she was part of a wealthy family. She was the daughter of the owners of a party supply company. She attended the University of St. Andrews too. In fact, she met William there.
After years of dating, they decided to finally tie the knot in 2010. A year after “The Wedding of the Century,” she would become the Duchess of Cambridge. In 2011, Meghan also tied the knot.
She did not marry Harry then, not yet. Back then, she was still trying to get her big break in show biz. This LA native got married to an actor-producer called Trevor Engelson. They broke up 2 years later.
When she was just starting out, she got bit roles and even worked as a suitcase girl in Deal or No Deal. Her career only took off when she snagged the role of Rachel Zane in the legal drama, Suits.
Her career was finally taking off, and you could say the same thing for her private life. In 2016, one of her friends set her and Harry up on a blind date. They hit it off in no time at all!
She got an invite to Kate’s 35th birthday bash as well. We are sure that she made a great impression on the others, but this has not been verified. We do know that she got a dream journal for Kate.
Another Royal Wedding
The two of them got to know one another some more. We bet you remember the royal wedding back in 2018. Many people across the globe tuned in to the royal wedding. After all, it was a historical one.
Meghan and Kate are now true-blue members of the royal family. Everyone wants to know if they have hit it off. Insider accounts said that they do not get along very well when Meghan first joined the family.
Kate had been pregnant with her third child at the time, so she was under both physical and emotional stress. She did not have much time to give her new sister-in-law the welcome that she deserved.
Helping Each Other
However, Meghan had been there to help her sister-in-law during this trying time. She gave Kate dietary advice to ensure that the pregnancy was going smoothly. Kate also helped her with a problem she had.
After this, the two of them got closer at last. When their schedules permitted, they like to spend one-on-one time together. They once went to Wimbledon for the weekend and remained joined at the hip!
They were able to bond thanks to moments like this. Kate was also able to help Meghan out with her duties. She asked Meghan to join Royal Foundation Forum, a charity Harry and William founded.
This proved to be a big step for the new royal. One source said, “She really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother.”
Just months before they had their kid, Harry and Meghan decided it was time to move out and away. They left Nottingham College and took up residence in Frogmore Cottage. They left the family behind.
It meant that Kate and Meghan would not be seeing each other as often as well. However, they are on good terms, so we are sure they will find the time. We bet they will get closer when the kids are older.
They might not always see eye to eye on things, but it was always in their best interest to have each other’s back. The two ladies married into such a high-profile family and needed all the help they can get.
Without a doubt, it must be hard to be a member of the Windsor family. For one thing, the press will be watching your every move. Meghan learned about this all too well when she first met Prince Harry.
Quite a number of famous romance stories have very romantic beginnings. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle actually got their start on a blind date. Back then, Meghan did not know a lot about him.
“I didn’t know much about him,” she told the BBC, “so the only thing I asked… was, ‘Well is he nice?’” On the other hand, Harry was also unprepared for the date. This was the first time he heard about Meghan!
Luckily, they hit it off right away. After just a few weeks, he invited her to join him on an African charity trip. He said, “[It] was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”
Coming To Light
For quite some time, the two of them kept quiet about the relationship. In late October 2016, the news came out at last. One source said that Harry had “been desperate to keep the relationship quiet.”
Meghan took to Instagram to post a rather odd photo that earned a lot of attention. It was an image of two spooning bananas. The post was made the same day word got out about the relationship. Hmm!
True to form, the tabloids were quick to run stories on just about every piece of gossip out there. True enough, she was used to the media. However, she would find out that this was a new beast altogether.
“There was a misconception that this would be something I would be familiar with,” she explained when she talked to the BBC. “But I’ve never been part of tabloid culture. I’ve lived a relatively quiet life.”
The press was relentless in their quest to get the latest scoop on the newest royal relationship. Some even went as far as to harass her mother in order to learn more things about the actress!
Harry was not having it and issued a statement via the Royal House. One source said, “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety. It is not right that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”
After he issued this statement, the media frenzy did calm down a bit. It was not that long before William was dragged into the mess. The Duke of Cambridge also had to issue his very own statement.
This is part of the statement that Prince William decided to issue: “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 no secret that Harry chose to deal with the press in a rather unusual way. In reality, he only wanted to defend the woman he loves. The family did not see an issue with the way he behaved!
By the time 2016 came to an end, his hiccup was already forgotten. There was another important bit of news that thrilled them all. Everyone learned that the Queen gave Meghan Markle her seal of approval!
The Queen might be the ruler of the United Kingdom, but she is also a huge fan of Harry. One source told US Weekly, “[The Queen is] delighted to see Harry in a loving relationship.” How nice is that?
This was not the end of it, however. Meghan also had nice things to say about her mother. This was what she told the BBC about the meeting: “It’s incredible, to be able to meet her through [Harry’s] lens.”
What else did she have to say about Her Majesty? Meghan 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, Harry and Meghan spent Christmas away from one another, although they did get together soon for New Year’s. By then, the secret was out of the bag already. The couple went to Norway!
The two of them went on a great excursion to the Arctic Circle. Yes, they got to see the amazing Northern Lights. At the time, their close friends were saying that a wedding was going to happen soon.
While they had yet to announce anything about a wedding, others started to speculate. “I can see them engaged by the spring,” a friend of Harry’s told US Weekly. This person added, “He’s head over heels.”
After they spent some time in Norway together, he started to bring her to family affairs and events more often. In early 2017, they also introduced her to Princess Charlotte and Kate at Kensington Palace.
Of course, it also meant that Meghan was starting to spend more time with Harry’s brother, William. It seems like they hit it off in no time. A source claimed, “Naturally, William is very happy for his brother.”
This is great, but what about her family? When the time came to introduce Harry, Meghan flew her mother Doria Ragland out to London to get to know Harry. Clearly, they were serious about each other.
We are sure that Harry felt nervous about this meeting. Luckily for him, he and Doria had no problems getting along as well. This was just like the way Meghan hit it off with his family members!
After that, Doria was seen with the lovely couple a number of times. However, did Harry get along with her dad too? Meghan said, “He’s talked to my dad a few times, [but] hasn’t been able to meet him yet.”
The couple lived by themselves at this time, so they had gotten very close to one another already. When not filming in Toronto, it was said that Meghan was already “virtually living” at Kensington Palace!
After this, the next big milestone was the time they went to Jamaica. Harry took Meghan as his plus one to a friend’s wedding. Many could tell that this was yet another step in their relationship.
Rumors began to grow when she decided that it was high time for her to pull the plug on The Tig, her popular lifestyle website. She said that she wanted to direct her attention to charity work for now.
The buzz grew some more when she went to London not long before Pippa Middleton was set to tie the knot. She was brought directly to the place after she flew into Heathrow International Airport.
Meghan went to the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton. This was the first time she ever attended a royal family event. Apart from this, she was also spotted cheering Harry on at the Audi Polo Challenge.
They returned to Africa one more time. This time, the event was her 36th birthday. We know that it does not sound like a conventional choice. However, they did first bond over their desire to help others!
Harry and Meghan also visited the founding site of his charity Sentebale. It is a word that means “forget me not” in the language of Lesotho. Harry chose to go with this name as a tribute to his mother.
However, the first major royal appearance she had took place at the Invictus Games back in September 2017. This is an event that is held to honor wounded, sick, and injured military personnel via sports.
Two Become One
The games took place in Toronto. The press took notice of the way the couple had been holding hands. Doria was also at the event, which made people speculate even more about an upcoming wedding.
After over a year since the news came out, Meghan decided to finally come clean. She appeared on the October issue of Vanity Fair. She also gave a tell-all interview about the relationship she and Harry has.
“We’re a couple. We’re in love,” she said for all the world to hear. She 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,” she 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
The word was now out. There was only one thing left for them to do. At last, he asked her to marry him in November 2017. People all over the world were happy to hear that Meghan said yes! Aww.
Of course, the news got out. Prince Charles gave his own official statement as well: “His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.”
The same day that word of the royal engagement got out, Harry and Meghan were interviewed by the BBC. In the video, the lovebirds recounted the fateful night. It all took place in Kensington Cottage.
“It was just a standard typical night for us,” Harry explained. Meghan then added, “Just a cozy night… trying to roast a chicken. It was just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic.”
She was excited about the proposal and could not even help but interrupt Harry. She cut in to tell him yes. He told her, “It was just the two of us and I think I managed to catch you by surprise as well.”
One engagement photo shoot session, someone asked Harry when he finally realized that Meghan Markle was “the one” for him. There was no hesitation at all when he said, “The very first time we met.”
At last, the two of them tied the knot at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018. Of course, there was a big crowd who went there to witness the moment. Tens of millions also tuned in to watch the wedding!
Meghan stunned in her lovely Givenchy gown. Aside from this, she also wore a diamond-platinum tiara from the collection of the Queen. Her dad was not there, so Prince Charles walked her down the aisle.
They now hold the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They also came out with big news on October 15, 2018. They let the world know that their first child was on the way! He was born in the spring of 2018.
We only hope that their son would not be disappointed to find out that it is unlikely for him to become the king. After all, he is not all that high up when it comes to the royal succession.
Harry and Meghan welcomed their firstborn child Archie on May 6, 2019. At the moment, he is seventh in line for the throne. This means he is only behind Princes Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Prince Harry!