No matter how you might feel toward the British Royal family, we are sure you know who Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle are. Despite the fact that they get a lot of media time and press attention, we actually don’t know that much about their personal lives. For example, did you know that Prince William and Prince Harry have a sister? It all started when Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer got married in 1981. Even though their lives seemed to be picturesque, there was something going on that people didn’t know about from the outside.
Even though Prince Charls and Princess Diana got married and exchanged their romantic vows with one another, the prince was not Diana’s knight in shining armour that she had hoped for. His heart was in another place, specifically, his heart was with another woman.
Called It Quits
In 1971, Prince Charles first laid his eyes on Camilla Parker Bowles. The two were an item for many years, but decided out of the blue to end their relationship with one another. At the end of the day they both moved on and exchanged vows with other people. Sometimes, though, there are just some romantic feelings that can’t be ignored forever.
“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” Princess Diana expressed in 1995 in an interview with BBC. While no one should feel so awkward in their own marriage, she didn’t let it get the best of her. She embraced it and made a name for herself.
Princess Of Wales
Diana took every opportunity she could to make a name for herself with her new title. She did something that wasn’t so common in the Royal Family back then: she got very involved and dedicated her life to doing charity work and acts of kindness for others. She also became a super pop culture icon, but she was much more than just that.
Diana also became a face of strong motherhood, simply by the fact that she did not let nannies raise her kids for her. Diana carved out time every day to care for her sons and take care of them herself as much as she could. She even made sure to bring them along to events she attended, and she took them to school herself each morning.
By the time the mid-1990s rolled around, the Royal Family was reaching its breaking point. Charles and Diana had started to be public about the fact that they had gone their separate ways and were getting a divorce, and it wasn’t so great for them, publicicty-wise. It only got worse, though.
A Tragic Death
On August 31, 1997 the car that Diana was a passenger in suffered from a high-intensity crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. At the time of the crash, paparazzi were chasing her all over Paris, and the car was trying to escape them and get her to safety. Unfortunately, she died shortly after the crash from the injuries.
When the news about Princess Diana’s death became public and everyone started finding out, fans from all over the world started flocking to London to pay their respects for the princess and her family. You would not even believe how many flowers were left outside of Buckingham Palace. The layer of flowers could have been mistaken for a giant carpet outside of the Royal home.
Everyone in the world felt sadness in their hearts when Princess Diana died, but when the public funeral was over, her family had to continue on with their lives and live as normally as they could now. What Charles decided to do after Princess Diana’s death truly took everyone by surprise, and some even thought it wasn’t true. What did he do?
Getting Back Together
It came to be public knowledge in 2005, less than a decade after Princess Diana’s death, that Prince Charles and Camilla were back in close contact again. They weren’t just dating and casually seeing each other; actually, they already had plans to get married to one another. William and Harry would have a new stepmother soon enough.
A New Start
As expected, the public was a bit weary of the idea of someone trying to replace Princess Diana. This was a situation that the Royal Family never had to handle, but they managed to do it with poise. You could tell just by looking at Charles that he was in a happy place in his life, which made William and Harry equally as happy.
No Wicked Stepmom
“She’s not the wicked stepmother,” Harry stated in 2005, “William and I love her to bits.” Even though it took a while, eventually the public came around and started to love her as well. Camilla, however, was not the only newcomer into the Royal Family.
Not Only Camilla
Everyone was so zoned in on Camilla joining the Royal Family and becoming one of them, that they didn’t really think about the fact that she was bringing along two children that she had with her first husband. Though one of her kids eventually decided to embrace the royal lifestyle and jump into the spotlight, her other child decided to live a quiet life away from the cameras.
Tom Parker Bowles
Camilla’s son, named Tom Parker Bowles, is famous for being an incredible food critic and writer. He is the author of multiple books, and he has starred on Masterchef, as well as worked on Gordan Ramsay’s show The F-Word. His sister, on the other hand, was not so eager to step into the spotlight where everyone would know who she is.
Camilla’s daughter is named Laura Lopes. Ever since her mother married Prince Charles, Laura has done her absolute best to stay out of the spotlight and away from cameras and gossip. Of course, she has always been in attendance at the Royal Weddings and all of the big and important occasions, but she feels that she has a big reason to stay out of the limelight. Why is that?
Tom and Laura were quite young when Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married, and as the small children of Charles’ former love attraction, they still had to deal with cameras and paparazzi, even back then. It was exhausting for both Tom and Laura, but took more of a toll on her.
The paparazzi used to hide out in front of the home of the Parker Bowles family in hopes of catching even the smallest glimpse of them coming or going. Not only this, but they would also follow them through the streets, which, as you know, is pretty similar to how Princess Diana died just a few years later. Understandably, it soon got on their last nerve and they couldn’t handle it anymore.
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 traumatizing childhood led to Laura steering clear as best she could from the spotlight as an adult, when in reality, if this had not happened to her, she likely would have been able to embrace her new life. Did this also mean that she kept the Royal Family members themselves at a distance?
Won Them Over
After Charles and Camilla’s wedding, she went on record and said that she could never have gotten to where she is today without the love and support of her family. Even though the paparazzi never left her alone and the tabloids said every negative thing they could about her, she still formed relations with her new family. You know what they say- blood is thicker than water.
It’s more than common, especially amongst celebrities like the Royal Family, for the public to speculate about the nature of their relationships. For example, everyone has been throwing around the idea of a feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle for years now. Since the day that Meghan joined the Royal Family, there have been rumors about the two.
As usual, reporters and paparazzi are trying to dig as deep as they can into this issue to figure out what could be going on here. To some peoples’ surprise, it does seem as though they figured out something along the lines of what has been going on between the couples. Shockingly enough, it actually seems as though the disagreements are stemming from the brothers, not from their wives!
It seems as though the Royal Family had more on their hands than just some small disagreement; the two brothers were in the middle of a feud. Even though the two brothers have very different personalities and chose to live their lives in different ways, they still always maintained a close-knit relationship. What could these two possibly be fighting about?
The Public Noticed
A move away from the timeless royal traditions was what first gave the public clues that something was going on between the family members. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not want to follow suit with every single royal tradition that had been set forth for them, and they wanted to move away on their own.
After the two tied the knot, they moved into Kensington Palace together. This was where Meghan spent her first year as a member of the Royal Family and got acclimated to her new lifestyle. She got lucky, actually, because she was surrounded by those who had been in the Royal Family for years and could help her adjust properly.
Prince Harry and Meghan lived in Nottingham Cottage, which was basically right next door from where the Duke and Duchess of Kent, as well as Princess Eugenie, lived. Despite everyone living right next to each other, William and Kate lived in a huge home on the other side of the property.
As the birth of Meghan and Harry’s first child approached sooner and sooner, it was more apparent to them that it was time to move out of what they referred to as “Nott Cott.” Harry and Meghan decided that they wanted to move into Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle. They wanted to live here because it was much more spacious and family-friendly than the home they were currently living in.
Renovating The Cottage
So, renovations on Nottingham Cottage began almost immediately. After all, it had only two bedrooms, and Harry lived here as a bachelor before he started dating Meghan. Do you think there is something more to this move than what they’re leading on?
Even though their fiery relationship turned into a stable marriage with a newborn arriving very soon, there was still some tension and cold shoulder-type feelings being thrown their way. One of the hardest things that happened was when the entire Royal Family told Harry that they felt the same way about his relationship as William did. With time, the tension and animosity just built up even more. Why was this happening?
Time To Chat
Finally, the real reason for their desire to move out was known. Apparently, there was some tension between the Windsors when Harry and Meghan decided to tie the knot. Shortly after William first met Meghan, the woman who would soon be his sister-in-law, he told Harry that he wanted to sit down and chat with him.
It was apparent, even to William, that Harry and Meghan could not be more in love with one another. He knew that they would get married one day, and that it was the next step, but as his older brother, William warned Harry not to rush too quickly into things. He also told Harry that he’s a bit suspicious of the fact they got into such a serious relationship so quickly.
“William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like,” a source spilled. Prince William tried to express his thoughts and opinions as nicely as possible, but of course, there are two sides. William’s gentle touch did not stop Harry from feeling miffed about the situation.
Apparently, said ‘source’ was a royal court member. 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?”
Of course, Harry did not agree one tiny bit with his older brother’s opinions. He took William’s words to be a jab at the woman he loved and wanted to marry. At this point in time, Meghan was already finding herself trying to juggle the media, her difficult family, and the rumors from the public. Harry felt the obvious need to stand up for his significant other.
Her Own Family
No one is quite sure yet of the reason behind the Royal Family’s iciness toward Meghan Markle. Even so, there is no way that the House of Windsor was prepared for the kind of comments they would be receiving from Meghan’s own father, Thomas Markle, and her half-sister, Samantha.
There is a rumor around why the Royal Family has been giving Meghan the cold shoulder; some people think it may be because she is half black. Some other people think it may be because of her past life as a Hollywood actress and the fact that some people may have been unsure if she was being genuine in her feelings or just acting.
All of the criticism must have been very difficult for the new couple, but Harry and Meghan never let any of this judgement affect the way they acted in public. They always stand united in whatever issue they are dealing with, and it’s clear that they’re in love with each other. Even despite all of the stresses that Prince William had, Meghan is just as much a part of the Royal Family as Kate Middleton.
Some people are quick to say that Harry is the one to blame for the problems in this situation. “He will brook no criticism of Meghan,” a source stated. “And he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”
A courtier stated, “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 be criticised by the public for every move she ever made, and it was very hard on her. It makes sense for him to try to overcompensate his protectiveness for his wife because he couldn’t protect his mother.
If there really was tension between the two couples already, it certainly did not help the situation when the Queen chose Harry to be the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. Some people say that William took it very personally and was hurt by the fact that he was not chosen for this position. Though he did have the power to veto this decision, he chose not to.
Many people who absolutely adore the Royal Family like to think that they are not actually facing conflicts, but rather it is just the media trying to start drama between them. One time, however, the four were all in an interview together when they got asked if they ever find themselves in disagreements with one another. William spoke first to break the silent pause and said, “Oh yes.”
All four people started nervously laughing after William answered the question so forcefully. Harry had a big smile on his face when he answered the next question wondering whether or not said arguments ever get resolved. He said, “We don’t know.” Even though he answered with a bit of laughter, it was very clear that something was going on between the two brothers.
The stresses and tensions between the brothers only got worse when you add in the complex relationship between Meghan and Kate. When Meghan officially became a member of the Royal Family, she likely hoped to find a new friend in Kate, but that wasn’t exactly the case.
When Meghan joined the family, Kate was pregnant with her third child, Louis, and she must have missed the new line on her job description that she was supposed to be her new sister-in-law’s Royal guide. With her other two children and her royal duties, she already had a lot on her plate that she was trying to manage. We understand that Kate was busy, but Meghan likely felt like she was getting ignored in a way.
No Noble Blood
The media continues to wonder whether there was actually tension between the two or if it is just fabricated. Even though neither of the two women were born into a noble bloodline or came from any sort of fame or royalty in their families, they would soon become two of the most-seen faces of the Royal Family.
Meghan And Kate
Christmas Day 2017 was the first time Kate and Meghan made their first public appearance together. Kate and Meghan joined the Windsor Family in two very different types of personal situations, and despite the fact that neither of them were born into royal blood, they come from two completely different universes. The two women grew up with very different backgrounds.
Even though Kate was not born into royal blood, she still came from a very wealthy and privileged family. Her parents were the owners of an extremely successful party supply company, and she was able to attend the prestigious University of St. Andrews, where she met and befriended Prince William.
After dating each other for many years, William and Kate officially got married in 2010. One year after having “The Wedding of the Century,” she earned the title of Duchess of Cambridge. Little did many people know, but Meghan also got married in 2011, shortly after William and Kate. Who did she marry, though?
Of course, she wasn’t marrying Harry just yet. Back in 2011, Meghan Markle was still trying her luck in the acting world in Hollywood. The Los Angeles native got hitched to Trevor Engelson, who was an actor and producer in Hollywood. Two years later, right as Meghan’s career was really taking off, the two called it quits and went their separate ways.