There are some people who are so famous that people recognize them no matter where they live in the world. Regardless of how you feel about the British Royal family, we are sure you know Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle. Even though they get a lot of press time, the truth is that we do not know them at all. For one thing, not many people know that Prince William and Prince Harry have a stepsister! It all began when Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer got married in 1981. Even though it sounded like a fairy tale, there was something boiling underneath the surface…
Even though the couple exchanged vows and tied the knot, Prince Charles was not the Prince Charming she had been looking for. It turned out that his heart already belonged to a different woman at the time.
Called It Quits
You see, Prince Charles first met Camilla Parker Bowles in 1971. They got into a relationship but abruptly called it quits after several years together. They got on with their own lives and got married to other people. However, there are some fires that you just cannot put out.
“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” Princess Diana explained to the BBC in 1995. Even though it was awkward, she did not sulk and moan. No, she chose to do the exact opposite!
Princess Of Wales
Diana decided to embrace her position as the Princess of Wales instead! She brought a new spark to the family by immersing herself in charity work. She went on to be a pop cultural icon, but that was not all.
She also made a name for herself by changing the way royal children were raised. She did not pass her kids off to relatives or nannies. No, Diana made sure to schedule her time around her sons! As much as possible, she included them in events and even took them to school herself.
By the mid ‘90s, the Royal Family had been on the verge of crumbling. Charles and Diana split up before eventually getting a divorce. It was not a good look for them, but this was not the worst of it.
A Tragic Death
The car Diana was riding crashed into a pillar in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31, 1997. She was being pursued by the press at the time. Sadly, she died of internal injuries not long after.
Everyone was stunned to hear the news. Mourners started to pour into London and began to pay tribute to her. There were so many flowers outside her house that they could have been mistaken for a carpet!
There was a huge outpouring of grief. When the public funeral was over, the Royal Family had to go on with their lives. However, what Charles did next shocked everyone who heard about it. What did he do?
Getting Back Together
In 2005, it came to light that Charles and Camilla were reconciling. They were not only dating again… No, they planned to get married as well! This means that William and Harry would get a new stepmother.
A New Start
The public had been skeptical of someone replacing Diana. It was a different matter for the Royal family, but they managed to pull together. It was easy to see that Charles was happy in this new relationship, which then made Harry and William happy. Camilla definitely helped the family stay strong!
No Wicked Stepmom
“She’s not the wicked stepmother,” explained Harry in 2005, “William and I love her to bits.” Despite the initial reaction, the public came to accept her. However, she was not the only one to join the family.
Not Only Camilla
Everyone had been focused on her joining the British Royal Family and failed to realize that she had two kids from her first marriage. One eventually stepped into the spotlight, but the other one stayed back.
Tom Parker Bowles
Her son Tom Parker Bowles is a famous food critic and writer. He has released a number of books, starred on Masterchef, and worked on Gordan Ramsay’s The F-Word. His sister is not quite as open.
Laura Lopes, Camilla’s daughter, tried her best to stay out of the spotlight. Even though she has been seen at Royal Weddings and certain occasions, she has a reason to remain in the shadows. What gives?
The siblings had only been kids when Prince Charles married Diana. As the children of his former lover, they had to constantly deal with the paparazzi even back then. It took a toll on both Laura and Tom.
The paparazzi would wait outside their house in the hopes of catching sight of the Parker Bowles family. They would follow their car through the streets, which is fairly reminiscent of the way Diana died a couple of years later. It soon got on their nerves.
Dealing With Bullies
“They’re bullies, half of these people, and they made you very angry,” Tom said when he talked 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.” Laura decided to deal with it in another manner.
Her childhood experience led Laura to withdraw from the spotlight instead of enjoying the spotlight. However, did it mean that she has also kept the Royal Family at a distance? Read on to find out.
Won Them Over
After marrying Charles, Camilla said that she could not have gotten to that point if it were not for her family. While the paparazzi hounded her and tabloids dragged her, she still managed to win them over. Even at a distance, it seems like blood is still thicker than water.
It is nothing new for people to speculate about the “true” nature of royal relationships. For some time now, the grapevine has been talking about the tension between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Ever since the latter joined the Royal Family, folks have been saying that there is friction between them!
Reporters have been trying to dig out the truth. They managed to provide a better understanding of what is going on. It seems like the root of it all was a disagreement between the brothers!
It seems like the Royal family had to deal with a brotherly beef of some sort. They have always been close even if they have always lived their lives different. William and Harry had a feud, but what about?
The Public Noticed
What tipped off the public about trouble among the brothers was a diversion from an old tradition. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to head out of their own and leave behind the rest of the royals? We mean this in the physical sense of the word!
You see, the newlyweds first moved into Kensington Palace. Over there, Meghan got to spend her first year as a member of the Royal Family. She was able to adjust to this new way of life in the presence of vets who could explain everything to her. There was nothing unusual about this whatsoever.
They lived in Nottingham Cottage, which was a mere stone’s throw away from where the Duke and Duchess of Kent as well as Princess Eugenie lived. Meanwhile, William and Kate lived in a huge apartment just across the grounds.
But as the birth of their first child came closer, they decided that it was time for them to live “Nott Cott.” Harry and Meghan wanted to move into Frogmore Cottage at Windsor. It was considerably more accommodating and spacious than their original place of residence.
Renovating The Cottage
Renovations on Nottingham Cottage began right away. It only came with 2 bedrooms and served as the bachelor pad of Prince Harry before he got married to Meghan. Could there be more behind this move?
Even when the relationship between them turned into a marriage with a child on the way, there was some iciness that did not melt away. One thing that made it hard for the family was everyone telling Harry the same concerns William had. The animosity seemed to grow even bigger. What was going on?
Time To Chat
At last, the reason for the move came to light. There was alleged tension among the Windsors, and it all began during the courtship between Harry and Meghan. You see, William wanted to speak to Harry after her first met the woman who would become his sister-in-law.
William could see that Harry and Meghan were totally head over heels in love with each other. There was no doubt that marriage would come next, but the older man told his young brother not to rush into things. He also expressed his apprehension about the way they dove into such a serious commitment.
“William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like,” a source explained. Prince William did his best to explain his concerns as gently as possible. However, this did not stop Harry from feeling miffed about it.
The source was a royal court member, apparently. They went on to say, “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?”
Without a doubt, Harry did not agree with his older brother. He took the advice to be a slight against the woman he loved. At the time, Meghan already had to deal with the media, her difficult family, and the speculations of the public. Harry felt the need to stand up for her.
Her Own Family
The reason for the Royal Family’s coldness towards the newest member has yet to be uncovered. At any rate, we are sure the House of Windsor had not unexpected the public criticisms made by Meghan’s own father Thomas Markle and half-sister Samantha.
There is a theory that the cold shoulder toward her comes from the fact that she is half black. However, some believe that this reaction was due to her past as an actress. Perhaps they were doubting that they were even dealing with the real Meghan!
It must have been hard on them, but Prince Harry and Princess Meghan have never wavered in public. They have always been a united front and clearly adored each other. Despite all the worries Prince William had, Meghan was just as much of a Royal Family member as the others.
Some sources claim that Harry was the one at fault here. “He will brook no criticism of Meghan,” a source explained. “And he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”
One 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.” In the past, Diana was criticized by the press for just about every single move she made. Could it be that he was trying to make up for his helplessness back then by protecting his wife?
If it is true that there was already tension between the four, it did not help that the Queen chose Harry to be the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. Reports claim that it hurt William to be overlooked for this position. That said, he had the power to veto the appointment but did not intervene.
A lot of royal fanatics would like to brush off the thought of conflict and blame the press for stirring up drama. However, there was a time when the Fab Four were asked if they ever get into disagreements. William was the one to break the awkward silence by firmly saying, “Oh yes.”
Both couples laughed nervously at that. Harry kept a smile on as he fielded the next question, which was whether the feuds get resolved. He said, “We don’t know.” Despite his humorous approach, it was clear that the relationship between the brothers was strained.
The old tensions just got worse with the complex dynamic between their wives Kate and Meghan. When the latter finally joined the family, she probably hoped to find a friend in the Duchess of Cambridge.
At the time, Kate had been pregnant with their third child Louis. She did not get the memo that she should guide her sister-in-law. She already had a lot of her plate with her children and royal duties. It was no wonder she had such a busy schedule. Meghan likely thought she got snubbed instead, however.
No Noble Blood
Reporters continue to speculate if there was real tension between the two of them. Did they genuinely get along or hate each other? Even though neither of the two women started out with a noble bloodline, they would soon become two of the most visible members of the British Royal Family.
Meghan And Kate
The two made their first official appearance on Christmas Day back in 2017. Kate and Meghan joined the Windsor family under different situations. Despite their lack of royal blood, they still came from two different worlds. You see, they had very different backgrounds.
While Kate was not a member of the aristocracy, she did come from a wealthy family. Her parents owned a successful party supply company. She also went to the prestigious University of St. Andrews, where she became friends with her classmate: Prince William himself!
After spending years dating, William and Kate finally decided to get married in 2010. The year after “The Wedding of the Century,” she would earn the title Duchess of Cambridge. On the other hand, Meghan would also tie the knot in 2011. Who did she marry back then?
No, she did not get married to a prince just yet. In those days, she was still trying to strike gold in Hollywood. The Los Angeles native exchanged vows with an actor-producer by the name of Trevor Engelson. They would break up two years after this, around the same time that her career took off.
At the beginning of her career, she only got bit parts and became a suitcase girl on a game show called Deal or No Deal. However, she finally got her big break when she was cast in the role of Rachel Zane. This was the character that she played in a legal drama called Suits.
Her work prospects started to improve, and you can say the same thing for her personal life. In 2016, a friend of her decided to set her up on a blind date with Harry. The two of them hit off in no time at all.
She was even invited to Kate’s 35th birthday bash. We bet Meghan made a good impression on the royal family, but this has yet to be confirmed. What we do know was that she gave Kate a dream journal!
Another Royal Wedding
Before long, these two ladies would get to know the other even better. We are sure that you remember how Harry and Meghan tied the knot in a lavish way back in 2018. A lot of people all over the world made sure to tune in, after all. It marked a day that a mixed-race foreigner joined the Windsor family!
Kate and Meghan were now entrenched in the Royal Family. Everyone was curious if these two ladies would hit it off. Insider accounts claimed that they did not get along all that well in the beginning.
When Kate was pregnant with Louis, she was stressed in both the physical and emotional sense of the word. She did not really have a lot of time to give Meghan the warm welcome she could have had.
Helping Each Other
Meghan had been the one to help Kate out during such a hard time! She extended dietary advice to her sister-in-law to get her through the pregnancy. In turn, Kate helped Meghan with a huge dilemma.
After this happened, the two of them became closer than before. When their schedules allowed, the ladies spent one-on-one time together. They even went on a weekend trip to Wimbledon, exchanging comments and jokes all throughout!
These ladies got to know each other better on a personal level. Aside from this, Kate finally had the chance to take Meghan under her wing when it comes to their duties. She asked Meghan to join the Royal Foundation Forum, which is a charitable organization launched by William and Harry.
It was a big step forward for Meghan. A source close to the royals said, “She really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother.”
Just a few months before giving birth to their kid, Meghan and Harry wanted to change addresses. The two of them then moved to Frogmore Cottage, leaving the rest of the family behind for the first time.
This move meant that the sisters-in-law would have to see each other much less often. Still, we are sure that they would still make time for one another. This would likely be truer when the kids got older!
While they are not always on the same page, they knew that it was in their best interest to help each other out. They married into a very high-profile family, so the two of them must have each other’s back!
After all, it is not at all easy to be a member of the Royal Family. Among others, it means that others will scrutinize everything about your life. Meghan found out all about this after she met her husband.
A lot of famous romance stories have fairytale beginnings. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got their start during a blind date. At the time, Meghan did not know a lot of things about the royal!
“I didn’t know much about him,” she explained to BBC, “so the only thing I asked… was, ‘Well is he nice?’” It turns out that Harry was even less prepared than she was. It was the first time he heard of her!
The good news was that the two of them hit it off in no time at all. In only a few weeks, Harry would invite her to an African charity trip. “[It] was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other,” he would later recount.
Coming To Light
They kept the relationship on the down-low for a number of months. It was in late October 2016 that the news broke out at least. A source said that he had “been desperate to keep the relationship quiet.”
Meghan also posted a strange photo on her Instagram profile. It was a picture of two bananas spooning! This happened on the same day that the relationship got out. Was this her way of confirming it?
As usual, the tabloids had been quick to cover every single bit of gossip out there. Meghan was used to the media, but she would soon learn that it was a different ballgame when it has to do with the royals!
“There was a misconception that this would be something I would be familiar with,” Meghan said as she spoke to the BBC. “But I’ve never been part of tabloid culture. I’ve lived a relatively quiet life.”
The press had been relentless with their quest to getting the latest scoop on this new royal relationship. Some of them even went as far as to harass Meghan’s mother to find out more things about her.
Harry had enough. He then issued a statement through the Royal House. A 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.”
His statement did help take the media frenzy down a notch. It was not long before the rumors about William’s concern started to go around. The Duke of Cambridge then issued a statement of his own!
This is an excerpt from the statement that Prince William himself 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
Everyone knew that the way Harry dealt with the press was not common for a royal. However, the truth was that the family did not have an issue with the way he defended the person he loves. It was all good.
At the end of 2016, his press hiccup had basically been forgotten. There was a more important piece of news that came out! Queen Elizabeth II herself had already given his partner Meghan her approval.
The Queen is not only the ruler of the UK, but she is also a big fan of her grandson. A source close to the Royal Family informed US Weekly, “[The Queen is] delighted to see Harry in a loving relationship.”
That was not all, however. Meghan had good things to say about Queen Elizabeth II as well. Here was what she told BBC about her: “It’s incredible, to be able to meet her through [Harry’s] lens,”
Meghan continued to talk about Her Majesty. 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 couple had to spend Christmas away for each other, although they did reunite to spend the New Year’s together. The secret was already out, so the two of them were free to go to Norway!
The couple managed to go on an amazing excursion to the Arctic Circle. They also saw the Northern Lights! Around this time, the people close to them said they could already hear the wedding bells.
Even though Meghan and Harry had yet to say anything about it, people began to speculate. “I can see them engaged by the spring,” one of Harry’s friends let Us Weekly know. “He’s head over heels.”
After the time the two spent in Norway, Harry started to bring Meghan to family events and affairs more often. They even introduced her to Kate and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace in early 2017.
It was only natural for this to mean that Meghan also started spending time with William. Sources said that they got along well right away. “Naturally, William is very happy for his brother,” a source said.
But what her side of the family? When it was time to introduce her beau, Meghan flew Doria Ragland, her mother, out to London to spend some time with the prince. Things were clearly getting serious!
There is no doubt that Harry was nervous about the meeting. It was a thing that he and Doria got along very well, just like Meghan and the Royal family members did. These two were meant to be!
After this, Doria would be spotted with Harry and Meghan a couple of times. However, what about the dad? Meghan explained, “He’s talked to my dad a few times, [but] hasn’t been able to meet him yet.”
While the couple still lived on their own at the time, they had already grown very close to each other. When she was not filming in Toronto, the actress was “virtually living” at Kensington Palace already!
The next big outing happened when Harry took her to Jamaica as a plus one for the wedding of a friend. A lot of people knew that this was the next step in the relationship. Photos from there confirmed it.
The rumors started to grow when Meghan decided that it was time for her to shut down The Tig, a popular lifestyle website that she ran. She said that it was due to the fact that she wanted to focus on charity work instead.
The buzz started to grow some more when she went to London not long before the wedding of Pippa Middleton. She was taken straight to the palace right after she got to Heathrow International Airport.
Meghan attended the wedding reception of Pippa. It was the first time they ever saw her at a Royal Family event! Aside from this, she was also seen cheering Harry on during the Audi Polo Challenge.
They also went to Africa once more, this time to celebrate her 36th birthday. It might seem like an odd choice, but a lot of people believe that they first bonded over the desire to help people in need!
The two of them went to the founding site of his own charity, Sentebale. This word means “forget me not” in the language of the Lesotho people. Harry decided to go with this to honor his late mother.
However, her first major royal appearance would take place at the Invictus Games in September 2017. This is an event that is held in honor of injured, wounded, and sick military personnel through sports, physical competitions, and more.
Two Become One
The games were held in Toronto, and the press caught photos of the couple holding hands once again. Doria also attended the event, which only made people think that the two families would become one.
After more than a year, Meghan finally decided to come clean. She posed for the cover of the October issue of Vanity Fair and gave a tell-all interview about the nature of her relationship with Prince Harry!
“We’re a couple. We’re in love,” the actress wanted the whole world to know. She added, “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 went on. “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
Now that the word was out, there was just one thing left for Prince Harry to do. In November 2017, he finally asked for her hand in marriage! Everyone was thrilled to hear that she accepted his proposal!
Word of the engagement spread far and wide, of course. This was only to be expected after all the buzz surrounding them. Prince Charles released an official statement as well. It read, “His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.”
On the same day that he announced the royal engagement, the couple also gave an interview on the BBC, which was then released. In the video, the two of them recounted that one fateful night that they spent in Kensington Cottage.
“It was just a standard typical night for us,” Harry said. Meghan then chimed in, “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 so thrilled about his proposal that she did not even let Harry finish his question before she told him yes! “It was just the two of us and I think I managed to catch you by surprise as well,” he told her.
During one engagement photo shoot session, Harry was asked about the moment that he realized Meghan Markle was “the one.” He did not hesitate at all when he replied, “The very first time we met.”
At last, Meghan and Harry walked down the aisle at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018. Of course, a crowd of guests had been there to watch them tie the knot. Meanwhile, tens of millions of people from other parts of the world tuned in to watch it happen. It was one of the most watched events that year!
Meghan did not fail to turn heads in the gorgeous Givenchy gown that she wore. Aside from that, she also had a diamond-platinum tiara from the collection of the Queen on top of her head. Her father Thomas Markle was not present, so Prince Charles took it upon himself to walk her down the aisle.
The two of them now hold the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The couple had some big news on October 15, 2018 as well! They announced that they were expecting their very first child. The newest member would later join the Royal family around the spring of 2019.
Do you think their child would be disappointed to grow up and know that there is a good chance he would not be sitting on the throne? The child of Harry and Meghan is not that high up in the succession.
The couple welcomed the birth of their firstborn child, Prince Archie, on May 6, 2019. He is now seventh in line for the throne. Obviously, he comes behind Princes Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Prince Harry in the succession!