The Duke of Cambridge was cautious of his brother’s relationship with Meghan Markle at the start, a new excerpt from the upcoming biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reveals.
In an extract of Finding Freedom printed in The Sunday Times, a source close to Prince William said he was keen to make sure Meghan had the right intentions with Prince Harry.
“After all, these are two brothers that have spent their whole lives with people trying to take advantage of them,” the source said.
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“They’ve both developed a radar to detect that type of person, but as William didn’t know a whole lot about Meghan, he wanted to make sure Harry wasn’t blindsided by lust.”
William was also said to have sat Harry down and urged him to take things slowly with Meghan at the start of their relationship.
“Don’t feel you need to rush this,” he said, according to sources.
“Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”
The words “this girl” are said to have irritated Harry, leading him to dub his brother a snob.
“Harry could see through William’s words. He was being a snob,” a source close to Harry is quoted as saying in the book.
The book also details how several members of the royal family did not trust Meghan, or have faith in their relationship.
“At least two other family members also voiced concerns to each other over the pace at which Harry’s relationship had moved,” the book states.
Meanwhile, when Meghan and Harry started dating, one senior royal allegedly referred to the Suits actor as “Harry’s showgirl”.
Another is reported to have told an aide, “She comes with a lot of baggage” while one high-ranking courtier was overheard telling a colleague, “There’s just something about her I don’t trust.”