Prince Harry 'warned by William about Meghan' says Junor
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Prince William reportedly spoke to his brother Prince Harry after realising that Meghan Markle was potentially “too much of an agitator”, according to royal experts. In the lead-up to their engagement, the Duke of Cambridge is said to have told his brother that there was no need for a “lightning speed courtship” as Meghan may be unsuitable for the Royal Family.
Royal author Penny Junor told ITV’s ‘Harry and William: What went wrong?’: “I suspect that she thought that as a Princess or a Duchess, she would have a platform for her ideas and her ideals and she would be able to change the world.
“Maybe William saw that there was a girl who was in some ways, too much of an agitator, too impassioned to sit comfortably in the confines of the Royal Family.”
Katie Nicholl, royal editor of Vanity Fair, said of William: “He did speak down and speak to his brother just to give what was intended as well-meaning brotherly advice to just take his time.”
“There was no rush, this didn’t need to be a lightning speed courtship.”
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Before her marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was an actress in the US TV drama Suits, playing the lawyer Rachel Zane.
She was also a keen activist and campaigner, and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada which provides better healthcare and education for children.
As recognition for her work on gender equality, she was invited to speak in front of the United Nations for International Women’s Day in 2015.
She was introduced to Prince Harry on a blind date that had been organised by a mutual friend in the summer of 2016.
After two dates, Prince Harry whisked Meghan away to Botswana for a holiday to get to know one another.
Their relationship was acknowledged by the Royal Family after Prince Harry issued a statement in November 2016 accusing journalists of harassing her and risking her safety.
Following this, their relationship strengthened and they were seen together at the Invictus Games and Meghan accompanied him to Pippa Middleton’s wedding in May 2017.
In a Vanity Fair interview in September 2017, Meghan Markle said they were “two people who are really happy and in love”.
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Prince Harry proposed in November 2017 and the couple were married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Although the couple said the Royal Family, including William and Kate, had been welcoming at first, the dynamic shifted towards the end of 2018 with a rift growing between the two brothers.
Following intense media speculation, Harry and Meghan announced their intention to step back from the Royal Family in January 2020.
Since then, the couple have relocated to California and have conducted several interviews where they have spoken about their difficult experiences as working royals.
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