Kensington staff tells about Meghan and Harry’s time at the palace

Kensington staff tells about Meghan and Harry’s time at the palace

The Royal Family has been around for centuries, but it’s only the most recent crop of princes and duchesses – especially Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – that got the world royal-mad. Separating fact from fiction when it comes to these two isn’t always easy, though. Luckily, some Kensington Palace insiders have stepped forward to spill the beans. And now that it seems like the two might be walking away from royal life altogether, that insight has become so much more interesting – and explosive…

The Royal Family’s power couple

There’s no doubt about the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the new ‘it’ couple on the Royal scene. Their nuptials have brought two countries together and allowed even more people the chance to get to know how the other half lives.

The Royal Family’s power couple

Because the former actress is now a full-fledged member of the Royal Family, her every move is documented and analyzed – and so is Harry’s! But how much truth is in the speculation we read so much about on a daily basis? Well, palace insiders have the real answers.

A whirlwind romance

When rumors began to circulate that the Hollywood actress, Meghan Markle, was dating Prince Harry, it’s fair to say that the world went wild. Known for his partying lifestyle and his way with the ladies, Harry had always been regarded as the bachelor of the Royal Family.

A whirlwind romance

Many Royalists began to wonder whether he would ever settle down and find the woman of his dreams, and so they were over the moon to hear that someone had finally stolen his heart. Before too long, they had announced their engagement, and they later tied the knot. It seemed like the ultimate fairytale, but there was something about their relationship that many people just couldn’t get behind.

Royal acceptance

However, the only thing that mattered to Prince Harry at the time was his own feelings towards Meghan, and that his grandmother approved of their union. To become a member of the Royal Family, it’s important for the head of the throne to like and accept a new person into their family.

Royal acceptance

After all, you can’t just walk up to Buckingham Palace and demand to stay for Christmas lunch! Queen Elizabeth II made sure that the world knew she accepted her grandson’s choice of partner, and that she was ready to accept her into her heart. However, as people learned more and more about Meghan, the stories began to circulate, and questions began to arise.

Setting it up

No matter where you are in the world, there is always someone who’s going to be jealous of what you have and try to bring you down. Unfortunately, that’s just a fact of life. This was also the case when Meghan first made her presence known within the Royal family.

Setting it up

Old friends and family members soon came out of the woodwork with their negative stories and their controversial conspiracy theories, and they were circulated around the worldwide media. One particular story stated that Meghan had always known that she would become a member of the Royal Family. This theory noted that she had planned her ascent from a young age, and did everything she could to win over the heart of Prince Harry and take her rightful place in the spotlight.

Taking the edge off

As more and more stories came to a head, people around the world began to question Meghan’s intentions. Was she really in it for the right reasons? Did she even love Prince Harry? Was it all a ruse? The speculation didn’t go away, but their famous Royal wedding certainly took the edge off.

Taking the edge off

Viewers in the millions around the world saw as Meghan walked down the aisle, and they watched in awe as she became the Duchess of Sussex, wife of Prince Harry. In fact, the rumors began to settle down after this momentous occasion, because skeptics couldn’t believe that one woman could go as far as marrying a Prince to complete her mission. She must have been legitimate.

A natural royal

In the few weeks after their wedding day, all eyes were on the new happy couple. Reporters were keen to see how the new Royal was getting on, and they wanted to see whether she would fit in, or whether she would stumble at the first hurdle.

A natural royal

Amazingly, she seemed to flourish with this new piece of jewelry on her ring finger and a new title to boot. She was practically a natural when it came to being royal.

Happy family

Meghan began attending Royal events like a pro. The future Duchess of Sussex seemed to brush off all of the negativity surrounding her new place within the Royal Family, and she proved to the world that she did have a soft spot for Prince Harry after all.

Happy family

The skeptics began to back off, but like with many other celebrities, it was only a matter of time before they came crowding around her again like a pack of hungry wolves.

Brothers for life

When it comes to members of the Royal Family, there’s no doubt about the fact that Prince Harry and William are the stars.

Brothers for life

After the tragic passing of their mother, the whole world seemed to take them under their wing, and we have since been able to watch them grow up. Because of this, they have always been put together as a pair – even though it’s William who will eventually take over the throne.

Comparing and contrasting

Of course, the comparisons don’t stop when it comes to their own lives. Now that the Royal brothers are both married, the worldwide media can’t help but compare their wives. Kate Middleton and Meghan have often been put against each other, but is there a valid reason for this?

Comparing and contrasting

Perhaps it’s because the two have been treated a bit differently throughout their time in the Royal Family. This could be enough to make one jealous, but in reality, it’s unsure whether the two grown women are even interested in competing against one another.

Possible rivalry

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have their differences, and the general public seems to find aspects of their appearance and their personality to pick up on. Many behavior specialists and body language experts have commented on the matter.

Possible rivalry

Everyone wants to know everything they can about the two duchesses. Their relationship with the Queen herself is scrutinized; their public displays of affection are investigated; and even their wardrobes are pulled apart and judged.

Style icons

Because they are both considered to be style icons, their wardrobes are constantly in question. If they show too much skin, they’re considered risque; on the other hand, if they wear something deemed fashionable, it will sell out in minutes.

Style icons

It seems as though this could create some kind of rivalry between the two sisters-in-law. This has led many to question whether they get on in real life and whether they even like each other. Is there truth to the news stories, or has everything simply been twisted and turned?

Moving out

There are many things that hint towards a rift between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, and their living situation is just one of them. As newlyweds, Meghan and Harry continued to live together in the Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds. Harry lived there as a bachelor, and it’s even where Harry popped the question.

Moving out

While it held an emotional place in the heart of both parties, the news of their pregnancy meant that they would have to rethink their living quarters. They knew that the cottage was a bit small to start a family, with only two bedrooms, so they began looking around for something larger. In the end, Harry allegedly had his eyes on Apartment 1, which is right next to Will and Kate’s home in Apartment 1A.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is the hub of the Royal Family. The estate is full to the brim with apartments that house some of the most famous faces in the family, and it’s where Prince William and Kate are currently raising their children. When Meghan and Harry tied the knot, there was a possibility that the newlywed couple would move into Apartment 1, which sits next door to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Queen’s cousin was living there with his wife, but would need to vacate should the two choose to move in.

Kensington Palace

A team of contractors was brought in to renovate the apartment, and there were talks of a possible move at the end of 2018. However, a change of plans meant that they would no longer move to Apartment 1, but to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor grounds instead.

Tensions were rising

The news that Meghan and Harry were not moving into Apartment 1 was the talk of the town, and many were wondering why they would change their plans so suddenly. Before too long, rumors from inside the palace made their way into the open, and it was noted that their change of plans occurred because of William and Kate.

Tensions were rising

These palace insiders suggested that tensions were rising between the couples, and they just did not want to be neighbors anymore. Kate and Meghan were supposedly feuding, which meant their husbands were feuding as a result. It seemed as though they were on a downward spiral as news of even more palace drama graced the public.

A Hollywood diva

Thanks to her life in Hollywood, Meghan Markle has grown accustomed to living the high life. She has been able to wear designer clothing; she has gone on extravagant vacations; and she has been invited to some of the greatest parties. Many suggest that this lifestyle turned her into a diva, with high expectations about her new life in the Royal Family.

A Hollywood diva

Before too long, more and more stories made their way out of the woodwork, and they all seemed to suggest that Meghan was asking for too much as a Duchess. One particular story confessed that Meghan was a bridezilla while planning her Royal wedding. This allegedly all started when Meghan realized that she didn’t like the smell in St. George’s Chapel.

Smelling fresh

In December 2018, The Sun newspaper noted that Meghan was extremely “dictatorial” when she was planning her Royal Wedding. She was not impressed when she discovered that the historic and old St. George’s Chapel smelled “musty.”

Smelling fresh

It was reported that the bride-to-be asked the palace staff and wedding planners to use atomizers to get rid of the smell and to add a fresh scent into the mix. It’s believed that Buckingham Palace denied her request, because this chapel is home to the famous Royal Vault, and is a regular place of worship for the Queen. They did not want Meghan tainting the chapel with modernity or changing what makes it so special. It’s reported that this did not go over well with Meghan.

Making Kate cry

This is not the only aspect of the Royal wedding that got Meghan Markle riled up. It’s been reported that Meghan actually made Kate cry during a fitting for Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress. The sister-in-laws apparently clashed during this fitting, because Meghan was not happy about the fit or the style, and found the whole experience very stressful.

Making Kate cry

This fitting was also just a few weeks after Kate gave birth to Prince Louis, and she in turn found the feud and the fighting incredibly overwhelming. It’s believed that she shed a few tears, and had to walk away from the situation to collect her thoughts and get her feelings back together.

At loggerheads with each other

Although we wish that this was the only time that Kate and Meghan have locked heads, we would be lying if we said that that was the case. The Sun has reported that Kate and Meghan had an explosive row just before Meghan and Harry tied the knot, and it was all thanks to the way that the former actress was talking to Kate’s staff.

At loggerheads with each other

Sources within Kensington Palace have noted that Meghan was rude to numerous members of Kate Middleton’s team of staff. Obviously, this did not go over well with Kate and she had words with Meghan on the matter. It’s believed that she called her actions “unacceptable” and said they were her staff, so she would be the one to speak to them.

Bombarding the staff

While many fans of Meghan were shocked to hear that she had potentially been rude to members of the Royal staff, this is not the first story to come from the palace.

Bombarding the staff

There have been whispers behind the Duchess’ back that she can, well, be a bit of a pain when it comes to her demands. Many insider sources have noted that Meghan constantly bombards her staff with unrelenting demands and messages to a point where it can be considered a bit excessive.

Early morning messages

She will supposedly message them as early as 5 am with requests that she wants met, and it’s been noted that she has “ripped up the rulebook” when it comes to the way that she treats these staff members.

Early morning messages

While these staff members understand that she is used to the finer things in life, it seems as though her “high standards” are causing her to create a little bit of a ruckus in the Royal Family as a whole.

Banning parking at Frogmore

Those are not the only reports from insider staff about Meghan Markle’s requests and behaviors. One of them involved a parking lot at Frogmore Cottage. It is believed that because the couple wanted their privacy when they were preparing to welcome their baby into the world, they didn’t allow people to park in the lot near their house.

Banning parking at Frogmore

This is because the cottage is visible and they believed people could therefore see inside. Though there’s no official confirmation that it was Meghan who made this demand, most believe she was behind it.

Denying the Queen’s doctors

Meghan also allegedly declined the Queen’s team of doctors to be there on the day she gave birth. It is believed that the reason behind this is because she called the team the “men in suits” and she preferred to have her own private doctors, with a female lead physician.

Denying the Queen’s doctors

As Meghan is a feminist, this seems to make sense, but it may also be as simple as her feeling more comfortable with a women assisting in her birthing process as opposed to a man.

Wanting a home birth

Many actually believed that the reason she wanted to ban the parking and switch up the team is because she was preparing for a home birth. She wanted only people she knew and trusted personally, and she wanted to choose everyone involved in the process.

Wanting a home birth

If people were parking in the lot near her house, then perhaps they would be able to see into the home and realize what was going on. Additionally, if her team of doctors was not trustworthy, private things could be released. However, as we all know now, she didn’t have a home birth; in the end, she delivered her son at The Portland Hospital in London.

All a facade

Of course, if these claims are true, the world is seeing a completely different side to Meghan Markle. They are seeing the Duchess as a woman who has risen to the high life with poise and grace, and someone who has won over fans across the world.

All a facade

No one wants to believe that the Duchess might actually be someone different than they thought she was. But is her nice girl act all just a facade?

Can be difficult

Meghan Markle has certainly made her mark in the Royal Family. While she may be on her way to becoming the new “People’s Princess,” reports suggest that Meghan is a completely different person behind the scenes.

Can be difficult

One palace insider has stated that “Meghan can be difficult” and that her demands are causing a rift between the staff, the whole family, and Meghan herself. She has reportedly been given two nicknames by the palace’s staff – first “Duchess Difficult” and then “Me-Gain.” In fact, her demands even caused her personal assistant to quit during a dramatic exit.

Meghan’s assistant

Because she is now one of the most famous women in the world, it should come as no surprise to learn that Meghan has a personal assistant. This may or may not have been a new concept to Meghan, as she comes from a background of being a Hollywood actress.

Meghan’s assistant

This PA is there to help with her everyday life and her personal engagements. They may even do things such as help plan for a Royal Wedding – like the one we all probably unashamedly watched.

Up and quit

Before she sensationally up and quit in December 2018, this role was filled by Melissa Toubati, a 39-year-old French woman who had been working with the Duchess for six months.

Up and quit

Having previously worked for many celebrities, including Robbie Williams, Melissa had all of the credentials to be the best personal assistant the Duchess had ever seen. However, it seems as though the problem did not lie in Melissa herself, but rather her boss: the lovely Duchess.

A talented woman

Like Meghan’s old assistant Amy, pictured here, there’s no doubt about the fact that Melissa is a talented woman and a great PA, as well. It turned out that working for Meghan Markle allegedly became too much for her to handle.

A talented woman

A source noted that she was “putting up with a lot” during her six months with the Duchess and that her job was just too “highly pressurized.” How bad could working for the “people’s princess” possibly be? Well it seems like Meghan may or may not be a little different behind closed doors.

A demanding boss

These insiders also confessed that “Meghan put a lot of demands” on Melissa, and that this often left the professional in floods of tears due to high stress levels. In the end, Melissa made the decision to leave the palace life behind her, and stop working for such a demanding boss.

A demanding boss

We all have some common stresses at out jobs, but Melissa’s job must have been pretty overwhelming for her to quit just like that. Naturally, this news shocked the nation, and once again pulled the Duchess into question.

A decision to make

When it comes to business inside of the palace, officials within Kensington Palace have tough decisions to make regarding what is being said about the newest addition to the Royal Family.

A decision to make

They can either opt to ignore the news stories that are constantly being released about Meghan Markle and her behavior, or they could release an official statement to either confirm or deny these rumors. They chose the latter option; after all, something needed to be said.

Releasing a statement

As more and more news stories came out of the woodwork about Meghan’s diva demands and her feud with Kate Middleton, Kensington Palace knew they had to set the record straight.

Releasing a statement

They released a statement to say that Kate did not shout at Meghan for the way that she treated her staff, and that there are no rising tensions between the two couples. However, fans are still not convinced, because palace insiders keep coming out with even more juicy gossip.

Love em or hate em

Whether you love her or hate her, there’s no denying the fact that Meghan Markle is one of the most recognized faces in the world right now.

Love em or hate em

She is now well and truly a member of the Royal Family, which means that there are always going to be stories circulating about her. It does not look like her presence is just going to disappear any time soon, especially now that she has a Royal baby.

Finding the mole

But how accurate are these stories from palace insiders? Well, it’s believed that Meghan has now made it her mission to find the “mole” within the palace, to stop these stories from making the rounds. This is either because she wants to cover her own back, or because they are simply untrue.

Finding the mole

The real answer? We guess we’ll never know. That being said, as you can imagine, no one really wants information about them to be spread around, whether they’re true or not.

Kiss and make up

They say time heals all wounds, and this certainly seems to be the case for Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. If there ever was a feud between them, it looks like it is now over.

Kiss and make up

Though it was possibly just for appearances, the two seem to have kissed and made up – and there’s photographical evidence of that. In March, 2019, the two were spotted at an event hugging and giving one another cheek kisses in greeting, with smiles on their faces.

Alleged affair

Though it looks like the two women have decided to put their disagreement behind them, that doesn’t mean that people haven’t been bringing up potential reasons for why the alleged fight started in the first place.

Alleged affair

One of the harshest suggestions was that William had an affair with one of Kate’s closest friends. This is believed to have caused a rift between the two couples – Will and Kate, and Harry and Meghan – but, of course, people chose to focus on the duchesses as opposed to the dukes.

Brotherly quarrel

In fact, there are those out there who feel the feud may just be between Harry and Will. This would mean that any tension between Meghan and Will is because she is standing by her husband.

Brotherly quarrel

And, that would also mean that the potential arguments between Kate and Meghan may be just a result of discomfort due to the unfortunate situation. If Will did have an affair, it would appear Kate is standing by his side, and since Meghan is a feminist, she probably wouldn’t agree with this decision.

Instagram account

Well, even though many Instagram accounts have been exposing drama and gossip about the Royal Family, there is an official one for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. No, it doesn’t publish any tabloid material. Instead, it shares with the world what the couple is up to.

Instagram account

They do a lot of updates, and the account reached a record-breaking number of followers in such a short time. Leave it to Meghan to practically break the internet.

Secretly running the page

Shortly after the Instagram account was launched, people began talking about who was actually behind it – of course. The first person in their minds was obviously Meghan.

Secretly running the page

People believed that the Duchess was secretly running the page so that she could control what was published to it, and perhaps paint herself in a better light than the one she was in. Regardless of who’s running the account, people love getting updates about the royal couple.

Easter mystery

When Meghan was close to giving birth, she naturally stopped making public appearances. Her maternity leave started on March 20, 2019, and for a few weeks, the then mother-to-be kept a low profile.

Easter mystery

Harry, however, was out and about attending Royal events. People suspected that the Duchess had given birth, but then Harry showed up to Easter services with his family, so they assumed that the baby had not yet arrived. After all, he probably wouldn’t have left his wife right after birth.

Anzac Day

There was speculation that Meghan had gone into labor, but this was revoked after Harry made a surprise visit to Anzac Day on April 25, 2019. This was a huge ordeal for those paying attention because he was actually not added to the guest list – those organizing assumed Meghan would have given birth by then.

Anzac Day

His appearance basically proved that she hadn’t. Another vital moment of Anzac Day was that he accompanied Kate at the event and they seemed to be on good terms.

Frogmore visit

Another reason people are thinking perhaps the feud has ended is because the Cambridges actually made a special appearance at Frogmore Cottage on Easter Sunday to get the Royal tour started.

Frogmore visit

Meghan and Harry welcomed their guests for a visit and showed them around their home as if everything was fine between them. It was a small gathering of close friends getting together to see Meghan and Harry before the Duchess gave birth.

Ending the feud

In fact, palace insiders claim the alleged feud between the fab four is water under the bridge. Experts believe it actually ended a long time ago.

Ending the feud

While it’s been admitted by insiders that there were some tensions between the two couples, things have since been resolved. It all apparently started when Will had doubts about Harry and Meghan before the wedding, but they have since put it all behind them and worked it out on their own.

Move to Africa

In 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made worldwide news with their temporary move to Africa. When Archie was just a few months old, the family packed their bags and off they went.

Move to Africa

When the couple first announced their plans, people immediately began sharing their feelings about this. Many found the idea ridiculous, saying it was just a way of running away from the Cambridges. They also argued that the move would potentially cost taxpayers millions.

Truly walking away from it all?

It’s somewhat ironic that tongues were wagging about that Africa move and how much it would cost taxpayers, because in early 2020 it turned out Meghan and Harry had precisely the opposite in mind.

Truly walking away from it all?

Announcing their dramatic decision on Instagram of all places, the Duke and Duchess wrote that they “intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent.” The palace, as you might expect, is in a tizzy. One palace source said it was nothing short of a “declaration of war” on the family, as it appears they haven’t consulted with or even informed anyone beforehand…