If Harry and Meghan were starring in a late 90s rom-com, would it be called Love at First Sight or Fools Rush In? That’s the question posed by several gossip rags this week as more excerpts from Finding Freedom are released.
Here’s what we’ve learned.
William Definitely Thought They Were Moving Too Fast
According to an inside source, William told his younger brother, “Don’t feel you need to rush this. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”
Considering that it took William more than a decade to decide that Kate was the best choice for his future queen, perhaps he really did think Harry and Meghan were moving too fast. But Harry reportedly did not take kindly to his brother’s advice.
“Harry was p*ssed off. P*ssed off that his brother would ask such a thing. Harry told William he ‘could see through’ his words, thinking him judgmental and condescending and ultimately ‘being a snob’.”
Kate and Meghan Just Didn’t Click
The frostiness we all sensed between Kate and Meghan was real:
“The two duchesses’ relationship had struggled to move past the distant politeness of when they first met. … While the doting mothers were photographed next to each other with their children, the two appeared to barely exchange a word.”
What’s interesting, though, is the context that authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand provide. They claim that the real tension was between Harry and the monarchy.
“The state of affairs between the two women was just an offshoot of the real issue at hand: the conflict between Harry and the institution.”
Commonwealth Day Was Epically Awkward
Remember Commonwealth Day, the final public engagement before Harry and Meghan split from the Royal Family for good? We thought there was tension between the Sussexes and the Cambridges, but it was so much worse than we thought. I’ll let the excerpt from Finding Freedom tell it:
“While Harry and Meghan both greeted William and Kate with smiles, the Cambridges showed little response. It was the first time the two couples had seen each other since January. ‘Harry,’ William nodded, ignoring Meghan. For the minutes before the Queen’s arrival, William and Kate sat with their backs to the couple, only turning around to chat with Prince Edward and Sophie, next to the Sussexes. Although Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her.”
The Courtiers Never Liked Her
Members of the court reportedly referred to Meghan as “Harry’s showgirl” and other derisive nicknames from early in their relationship. To them, Meghan doubtlessly represented the worst qualities of Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee who wrecked Edward VII’s brief reign, and Koo Stark, the actress Andrew dated and whose topless love scene performance became a media firestorm.
Despite the negativity, Harry was determined to protect Meghan and their relationship.
“He’s extremely protective of Meghan. He understands that a lot of people are against them, and he will do everything he can to keep her safe and away from getting hurt – even if that means distancing himself from those people,” an anonymous source says in Finding Freedom.