Prince William worried about Prince Harry’s ‘mental fragility’ during Meghan Markle romance, book says – Reuters News in France and abroad

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Prince William was concerned about Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle, and it wasn’t just because he felt they were moving at lightning speed.

The claim was made by former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, who recently wrote an explosive book about the royal family titled “The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – The Truth and the Turmoil.” It explores “the scandals, romances, power plays and betrayals” that have rocked the British royal family over the past 20 years and features new revelations based on Brown’s access to palace insiders.

The best-selling author once wrote a biography about the Princess of Wales titled “The Chronicles of Diana”, which was published in 2007. For his latest book, Brown said he spoke to more than 120 sources close to senior members of the royal family.

Brown claimed that William, 39, did not believe the former American actress could handle the pressures of royal life.

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Prince William feared Meghan Markle could not handle the pressures of royal life.
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“A person close to the Duke of Cambridge told me that William thought she should have more time to build a life in the UK and make friends who didn’t always need to be brought in all the time. confidence in the palace,” Brown wrote. “It had been hard enough for Kate [Middleton]but Meghan was a glamorous actress who would be the first woman of color to join the royal family, factors which would add enormously to the pressure.”

“The person didn’t tell Harry that the older brother’s fear that Harry’s mental frailty was such that he wouldn’t be strong enough to handle all of this on his behalf, along with his own issues,” Brown added. .

William’s relationship with Middleton moved at a much slower pace, by comparison.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met in 2001 while studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. William told the Telegraph they had been friends for over a year before a relationship blossomed. While tabloids reported the couple broke up in 2007, they reportedly got back together later that year.

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Tina Brown has already written a book about Princess Diana.
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According to Brown, Middleton was not entitled to official palace protection while they were together.

“William allegedly arranged for a panic button at the local police station to be installed in her apartment to protect her from constant threats of intrusion,” Brown wrote.

She also shared that Middleton sometimes gets help from Prince Charles’ former communications director, Paddy Harveyson.

Working members of the royal family and their spouses are entitled to state-funded police protection. Middleton was only granted police protection after marrying the prince.

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Prince William's relationship with Kate Middleton has evolved at a much slower pace than Prince Harry's relationship with Meghan Markle.

Prince William’s relationship with Kate Middleton has evolved at a much slower pace than Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle.
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William proposed to Middleton, 40, in 2010 while on vacation in Kenya. The couple married in 2011. They share three children.

Brown alleged that Harry’s response to his brother’s concerns was to try to go faster.

“To his brother’s concerns, Harry’s response can be summed up as follows, I am told: ‘Well, actually the best way to protect her is to marry her as soon as possible because as soon as I marry her, she will then benefit from the protection of the police.’ “

Harry, 37, and the former ‘Suits’ star, 40, met in 2016 on a blind date. The relationship would have gone from “0 to 60”.

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A member of Prince Andrew's family reportedly leaked the news of Prince Harry's relationship with Meghan Markle.

A member of Prince Andrew’s family reportedly leaked the news of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle.
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Just four months after the pair started seeing each other, news of their whirlwind romance broke. Brown alleged it was a member of Prince Andrew’s family, with or without the Duke of York’s knowledge, who leaked the news.

“In the first round of coverage, [Meghan] was portrayed as Grace Kelly redux, an actress, humanitarian and gender equality campaigner, making it hard not to believe the initial leak came from Meghan’s side (although a servant of the house tip House of York was singled out),” Brown wrote. “Round two, however, took on a different tone, forcing Meghan to experience a swarm of bare-toothed barracuda on the royal beat.”

“American celebrities often find themselves dazed by the sheer demonic creativity of the British popular press,” Brown added.

Brown claimed a member of Andrew’s family leaked the news to Britain’s Sunday Express.

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Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry.
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“Harry is desperate to keep the relationship quiet because he doesn’t want to scare Meghan,” the source told the outlet. “He knows things will change when their romance becomes public knowledge, but he also knows he can’t keep it a secret for long. It’s too early to tell if the relationship will lead to anything in the long run, but who knows? Right now they are just taking it step by step and seeing how things develop.”

Harry proposed in 2017.

A palace spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment regarding Brown’s book. However, a spokesperson previously told Fox News Digital that the palace generally does not comment on “these books.” A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Markle became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reside in California with their two children.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reside in California with their two children.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the Duchess. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California.

After stepping down from royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin was before he was born. The Duchess spoke of the intense isolation she felt within the royal family which led her to consider suicide.

Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “worrying” and would be dealt with privately.

In June of that year, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The name honors both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose surname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Prince William worried about Prince Harry’s ‘mental fragility’ during Meghan Markle romance, book says – Reuters News in France and abroad

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