In a book produced by Dylan Howard, Royals at War, it is claimed the Duchess of Cambridge held a meeting with the Queen in December 2018, six months after Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. As a result of the meeting it is claimed a concerned Queen agreed to guide Meghan through the “trials and tribulations” of becoming a member of the Royal family.
According to insiders in the book, it is claimed that the Queen was mindful of the difficulties Princess Diana experienced and was keen to avert another disaster.
The relationship had earlier blossomed between the Cambridges and the Sussexes with the couples being dubbed the ‘Fab Four’.
At the time of Harry and Meghan’s engagement, the loved-up pair recalled their first meetings with the family, with Harry saying: “It was exciting I mean I’d been seeing her for a period of time when I literally didn’t tell anybody at all.
“William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine, so you know, being our neighbours, we managed to get that in a couple of — well quite a few times now.”
Going on to praise his sister-in-law, Harry continued: “Catherine has been absolutely..”, to which Meghan interrupted by saying: ”‘Wonderful.”
Meghan was also introduced to Prince Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, prior to their engagement.
Recalling the meeting with the Queen, Meghan said: “To be able to meet her through [Harry’s] lens, not just with his honour and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother, all of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her.”
But investigative journalists Mr Howard and Andy Tillett claimed in the book relationships soured once the royal family found Meghan “had a determination” to remain her own woman.
But the authors conclude that despite the friction, the princesses have now settled into “a truce”.
Mr Howard said Kate’s early intervention with the Queen was an “effective damage-limitation exercise”.
He added: “Kate made visible attempts to get along with Harry and Meghan in the past year but now things have changed.
“Insiders told me that Kate’s standing in the palace has never been so high, so she feels
no obligation to make nice with them.
“She will not be apologising or attempting to mend fences until they reciprocate the effort she and William have been making with them.”
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
The book is available online and nationwide from July 15.