Some celebrities are famous enough to be recognizable no matter where they go. We are sure that you know about the British family. You must have heard of Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle before. They get so much press time that we are sure of it. However, you probably had no idea that Prince Harry and William have a step-sister.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana exchanged vows and then tied the knot in 1981. However, they were not the right people for each other. When they got married, his heart was already with someone else.
Called It Quits
In 1971, he met Camilla Parker Bowles for the first time. They got romantically involved but then broke up a few years later. They moved on and married other people but failed to forget each other even then.
In 1995, Princess Diana had this to say about their relationship: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” We are glad to hear that she chose not to linger and moan about this.
Princess Of Wales
No, she embraced the fact that she was the Princess of Wales instead. She became known for her charity work, which gave the royal family a new spark. In time, she became a pop cultural icon.
People also noticed that she chose to raise her royal kids in a new way. She did not rely on nannies or relatives but made her schedule revolve around the boys. She used to take them to school, mind you.
The royal family was plagued by scandal after scandal. Diana and Charles split up and then got divorced. Of course, this piece of news did not please a lot of people. However, there was more to come.
A Tragic Death
The car that Princess Diana was riding then crashed into one of the pillars in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel on August 31, 1997. The press was chasing her back then. She would soon die of internal injuries.
Many were shocked when they heard the news. Mourners began to pour into the city to respect her memory. Back then, so many flowers were left outside her house that they looked just like a carpet.
A lot of people were in grief over the tragedy. After the public funeral, it was time for all the members of the royal family to go back to regular programming. No one expected what Charles did next.
Getting Back Together
In 2005, people found out that Charles was getting back together with Camilla. They were not only going out on dates. No, they wanted to get married too! It means that his sons would get a new stepmom.
A New Start
The public was dubious if she could replace Princess Diana. The royal family had a different issue with it, but they pulled together in the end. Charles was clearly happy with Camilla, which made his sons happy.
No Wicked Stepmom
“She’s not the wicked stepmother,” Harry said back in 2005. He went on, “William and I love her to bits.” The public also came to accept her over the years. She was not the only person to join the royal family.
Not Only Camilla
Everyone was so focused on Camilla that they failed to notice that the royal family gained two more members: her kids. One of them shied away from the attention, while the other stepped into it.
Tom Parker Bowles
Tom Parker Bowles, Camilla’s son, is a food critic and writer who has released numerous books in the past. Perhaps you also saw him on Masterchef and The F-Word. Let us now talk about his sister.
His sister is called Laura Lopes. Unlike him, she does her best to avoid the spotlight. While she has attended Royal Weddings in the past, she prefers to simply remain in the shadows. But why?
The siblings were only kids when Charles and Diana got married. The press was interested in Camilla back then since they knew that she was his former lover. Sadly, it made things hard for the family.
The pap would wait right outside their home in the hopes of getting a glimpse of the family. They chased the Parker Bowles family through the streets. This was not unlike the way Princess Diana died.
Dealing With Bullies
“They’re bullies, half of these people, and they made you very angry,” Tom has said in the past. “All I wanted to do was smack them in the face and beat the hell out of them. But you couldn’t do that.”
Her experience from childhood caused her to withdraw from the spotlight. However, does this mean that she chose to cut ties with the members of the royal family as well? We will find out soon.
Won Them Over
When Camilla married Charles, she said that her family served as her motivation day in and day out. The press kept hounding her and dragging her name in the tabloids. Still, she was able to win them over!
It is not at all new for people to speculate about the nature of relationships in the royal family. Recently, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been the talk of the town. Is there a feud between them?
The press has been hoping to get the truth about the situation. They were able to give us a better handle on the situation. Can you believe that the feud seems to be between Harry and William?
Yes, it looks like the royal family has to contend with some sort of brotherly beef. The brothers might not be very similar, but they have always gotten along together. What could the issue be about?
The Public Noticed
The public noticed that there was trouble brewing among them thanks to a detour from tradition. Harry and Meghan chose to move out and leave the other royals behind. Why did they do such a thing?
They first moved into Kensington Palace. While there, she was able to learn the ways and manners of the royal family. She got to adjust to her new life there, thanks to vets who took her under their wing.
The couple stayed in Nottingham College, a stone’s throw away from the residence of Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Kent. William and Kate lived just across the grounds from them as well.
As the birth of their first kid got nearer, they made the decision to live elsewhere. They wanted to stay in Frogmore Cottage at Windsor instead. For one thing, it was bigger than Nottingham Cottage.
Renovating The Cottage
Nottingham Cottage underwent a number of renovations not long after the two of them left. There used to be 2 bedrooms there. Before he married Meghan, Prince Harry considered it to be his bachelor pad.
They had a child on the way, but there was a bit of frostiness that did not disappear just yet. Something that made it hard for them was the concerns that his family members, including William, had for Harry.
Time To Chat
The true reason for their move finally came to light. Reports said there was tension in the family. It all started when the couple started going out. William had something to tell him after meeting Meghan.
It was clear that the lovebirds were completely head over heels. No one doubted that marriage was going to be the next step for them. However, William told Harry that he should not rush into it.
“William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like,” explained a source. He tried to be gentle with his words, but Harry was still put out after this.
The source, a courtier, even 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?”
There was no doubt that Harry had a different opinion. For him, William slighted Meghan. At the time, she was already dealing with the media, her family, and a lot of attention. He had to stand up for her.
Her Own Family
We have yet to uncover the reason the royal family was so cold towards her. At any rate, there was no way anyone could have expected the criticisms that Meghan’s own dad and half-sister had to say about her.
A theory claims that the royal cold shoulder happened because she is part black. However, some think that it had more to do with her career. Maybe they wondered if she was being genuine with them.
While they went through a lot of tough times, Harry and Meghan always stayed strong in public. They always presented a united front and adored one another. She was a member of the royal family too!
A source lays the blame on Harry for all the tension. “He will brook no criticism of Meghan,” this person said. “And he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”
A courtier said, “It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife.” The press hounded Diana, so he might not want his wife to go through the same thing.
If it is indeed true that there was already tension between Harry and William, we doubt that it helped when the Queen picked Harry to be the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth instead of William.
Some folks do not believe that there is a feud. However, we cannot deny that they have pretty much confirmed it. Asked if the four of them every fought, William broke the silence with, “Oh yes.”
They all gave a nervous laugh. Harry kept smiling when he answered the next question. Asked if they resolved the feuds, he replied, “We don’t know.” Clearly, the brothers were not only joking about this.
The tensions only got worse thanks to the complex dynamic between their wives. When Meghan finally became an official member of the royal family, she likely hoped that Kate would always be there for her.
Back then, Kate was already pregnant with Louis, her third child. She was also taking care of her two older children and dealing with her own duties, so she was likely far too busy to give Meghan a hand.
No Noble Blood
Reporters keep on speculating if there is truly tension between them. Everyone wants to know if they truly get along or simply hate one another. They did share one thing in common: a lack of noble blood!
Meghan And Kate
They made their first joint appearance during Christmas Day of 2017. Meghan and Kate were not in the same position when they joined the family. While they are not noble, they come from different worlds.
Kate might not have noble blood, but she does hail from a rich family. Their fortune comes from her parents’ party supply company. She also attended the University of St. Andrews and met William there.
She and William dated for years before they finally got married in 2010. A year after “The Wedding of the Century,” she became the Duchess of Cambridge. In 2011, Meghan also got hitched. But to whom?
Harry was not her first husband. Back then, she was a new actress trying to make it big in Hollywood. This LA native swapped vows with Trevor Engelson, an actor-producer. They split up 2 years later.
In the past, she only landed bit parts. She even worked as a suitcase girl on Deal or No Deal in the past. At last, she snagged the part of Rachel Zane in a legal drama show called Suits.
Not only was her career looking up, but her personal life was starting to improve as well. In 2016, her friend wanted to set a blind date between her and Harry! As you can imagine, the date was great!
She got invited to her future sister-in-law’s 35th birthday. We do not doubt that she left a good impression on the royals. Anyway, what we can tell you for sure is that she got Kate a dream journal.
Another Royal Wedding
Not long after this, they got to know each other better. In 2018, Harry and Meghan got to hold a royal wedding of their own. Millions of people from different parts of the globe watched them on their TVs!
Meghan and Kate were officially members of the royal family. Everyone was eager to know if they got along well. Some insider accounts claim that the sisters-in-law did not get along that much at first.
When Meghan joined the family, Kate was under a lot of emotional and physical stress. After all, she was pregnant with Louis back then. Do you think that Meghan felt like she was snubbed by her sister-in-law?
Helping Each Other
Meghan was the one to help her out during such a difficult time. The new royal made sure to give her dietary advice to help with the pregnancy. Kate was able to help Meghan with a big dilemma as well.
The two of them only got closer after this. When their schedules were free, they would even spend one-on-one time. They spent a weekend in Wimbledon together. The trip was a great time for them both.
They got to know each other some more as well. Apart from this, Kate also got the chance to take Meghan under her wing in terms of their duties. She invited Meghan to join William and Harry’s organization called the Royal Foundation Forum.
This was a big step forward for the two of them. One source claimed, “She really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother.”
Only months before she gave birth to their firstborn, Harry and Meghan decided it was time to move. That was how they left the rest of the royals behind and found themselves in Frogmore Cottage.
Of course, it meant that Kate and Meghan would see each other less. However, we bet that they would try to see each other as much as possible. This is likely going to be even truer when their kids are older.
They did not always see eye to eye on things. However, they knew that it was a good thing to support one another. After all, they both married into the royal family. They should always cheer each other on!
We can all tell that it is not at all easy to be a part of the royal family. People will be there to keep an eye on every single move that you make. After marrying Harry, we are sure that Meghan will confirm this.
Many famous romances have great beginnings. For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, their great love story started when they both went on a blind date. Back then, Meghan did not know much about Harry.
“I didn’t know much about him,” she said when the BBC interviewed it, “so the only thing I asked… was, ‘Well is he nice?’” However, Harry was less prepared than her. He did not know who she was!
Despite this, they got along just fine. A few weeks later, he invited her to go with him on a charity trip to Africa: “[It] was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”
Coming To Light
They did their best to keep their relationship a secret for a couple of months. In late October 2016, it finally came out. One source said he had “been desperate to keep the relationship quiet.”
On the same day that the news broke out, Meghan made a cryptic post on her Instagram account. She posted a photo of spooning bananas. How strange! Maybe it was her own way to confirm the news.
The tabloids were quick to run stories on this incredible bit of news. While Meghan was no stranger to the spotlight, she soon learned that it was very different when you are involved with the royals.
“There was a misconception that this would be something I would be familiar with,” she said in an interview with the BBC, “But I’ve never been part of tabloid culture. I’ve lived a relatively quiet life.”
The press had been completely relentless in their quest to get the latest scoop on the new royal couple. As a matter of fact, some even harassed Meghan’s mom to dig up more dirt on her.
Harry was angry and came out with a statement through the Royal House. A source said, “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety. It is not right that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”
His statement worked enough that the media frenzy died down a little bit. However, they soon started to spread the word about the concern William had. It was now his turn to issue a statement.
Here is an excerpt from the statement that Prince William sent out: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
It Was Fine
Now, it is not hard to see that Harry dealt with the press was not conventional. Luckily, the royal family did not have any issues with how he defended Meghan. They could see where he was coming from.
By the end of 2016, this press hiccup of his was essentially forgotten. Why? Well, a more important bit of news came out. People learned that Queen Elizabeth II already approved of Meghan for Harry!
She might be the monarch of the UK, but she is the biggest fan of Harry as well. A royal family insider even told US Weekly, “[The Queen is] delighted to see Harry in a loving relationship.”
This was not all. Meghan had something to say about the Queen too! “It’s incredible, to be able to meet her through [Harry’s] lens,” was what she said when she spoke to the BBC about the meeting.
Meghan kept talking about her some more. “Not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother… She’s an incredible woman,” she said.
In 2016, the couple was unable to spend Christmas day with each other. However, they made sure to spend New Year’s with one another. Now that the secret was out, they decided to visit Norway.
The two of them embarked on an unbelievable excursion to the Arctic Circle. They got to see the Northern Lights as well. At the time, their close friends reported that they would likely marry soon.
While they had not dropped the word just yet, there were lots of rumors going around. “I can see them engaged by the spring,” one of the prince’s friends told US Weekly, “He’s head over heels.”
After their Norway trip, Harry started to bring her to royal family events and affairs some more. In early 2017, he took Meghan to Kensington Palace. She got to meet Kate and Princess Charlotte then!
Of course, there was no way that they would not spend time with his brother. Some sources said that Meghan and William hit it off. “Naturally, William is very happy for his brother,” one source claimed.
But what about her family? Soon enough, the time came for Meghan to introduce Harry to her mother. She flew her mother Doria Ragland out to London so that they can get to know each other!
We are sure that Harry felt nervous about this meeting. It was a good thing that he and Doria managed to get along well. The same goes for Meghan and the members of the royal family.
We are happy to hear that Harry and Doria got along. However, how did he and her father get along? Meghan answered, “He’s talked to my dad a few times, [but] hasn’t been able to meet him yet.”
While the couple lived separately back then, they were able to grow very close to one another. When she was not in Toronto for shoots, they said that she was “virtually living” at Kensington Palace!
The next big step in the relationship was when he brought her as a plus one to a friend’s wedding in Jamaica. Many knew that the two of them were serious about each other at that point in time.
The rumors grew when Meghan decided to shut down The Tig. It was a popular lifestyle website she ran. According to her, she did this because she was planning to focus on her charity work.
The buzz only grew some more when she was spotted in London right before the wedding of Pippa Middleton. Right after her plane landed at Heathrow International Airport, they took her straight to the palace!
She was present at the wedding reception of Pippa. This was the first time she was ever seen at a royal family event. Apart from this, Meghan was also seen cheering her beau on at the Audi Polo Challenge.
They also returned to Africa. This happened during her 36th birthday. While it is not a choice most folks would make, you should keep in mind that the lovely couple first bonded over their altruism!
On that trip, they made sure to visit the founding site of Sentebale, Harry’s charity. It is a word in the Lesotho language and means “forget me not.” It was named this way in honor of his late mother.
Her first major appearance took place at the Invictus Games of 2017. In September of that year, she was present at the event that honored sick, wounded, and injured military servicemen through sports and games.
Two Become One
Held in Toronto, she and Harry were spotted holding hands! The press really did not miss even a single detail. Doria was also there in the audience. People took it as confirmation that a wedding was coming.
About a year after this, Meghan decided to finally talk about the relationship. She graced the cover of Vanity Fair’s October issue She then took part in a tell-all interview about her relationship with Harry!
“We’re a couple. We’re in love,” she said for everyone to hear. She also went on, “I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell.”
“But,” she continued, “I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
Popping The Question
The word was finally out, and there was only one thing left for Harry to do. Everyone was thrilled to hear that he finally asked her to marry him in November 2017! Of course, she said yes.
Word of their engagement spread far and wide. It was only to be expected considering how high-profile they were. Prince Charles also issued a statement that said, “His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.”
After he announced this royal engagement, Meghan and Harry spoke to BBC about it. If you watch the video, you can see them retelling the fateful night when he finally asked for her hand in marriage.
“It was just a standard typical night for us,” he said. Meghan then continued, “Just a cozy night… trying to roast a chicken. It was just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic.”
She was excited about it. In fact, she did not even let him finish what he was saying and just told him yes. “It was just the two of us and I think I managed to catch you by surprise as well,” Harry told her.
They had an engagement photo shoot, of course. At the session, people wanted to know when he knew that Meghan was “the one.” He was quick to answer the question with, “The very first time we met.”
On May 19, 2018, Harry and Meghan made things official at Windsor Castle at last. There were lots of guests who watched them in person. Millions of people also watched the event from their own home!
Meghan looked stunning in her Givenchy gown. On her head, she wore a diamond-platinum tiara that the Queen owned. Her dad was not around to walk her down the aisle, so Prince Charles did it instead.
They are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On October 15, 2018, they had big news for us all. They announced that they would soon have a child together. He was due to be born in the spring of 2019.
We just hope that their kid would not be disappointed to know that it is unlikely that he would become King in the future. After all, he did not rank all that highly in the succession to the British throne.
Meghan and Harry welcomed Prince Archie on May 6, 2019. At the moment, he stands behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and his father in the succession. This makes him seventh in line for the throne!