Prince Harry ‘took longer to warm’ to Kate Middleton after she entered royal fold | Royal | News
Harry shocked many this week after announcing he was writing a set of memoirs to be published in late 2022. Describing the project, he said he will write the book “not as the prince I was born, but as the man I have become”. The global deal for his “literary memoir” has been acquired by Penguin Random House, with proceeds going to charity.
Just one in a string of private enterprises Harry has embarked on since leaving the Royal Family, the memoirs are set to cast yet more light on his time in the Royal Family, promising secrets and behind-closed-doors insights.
Back home, the Firm is unlikely to be pleased, with many, like Prince William, previously voicing concerns that Harry would cash-in even further on his royal prestige, according to reports.
Meghan and Harry fell out with the royals in 2020 when they left the UK for North America, this year officially casting themselves free of senior royal duties.
Tensions were visible even before Megxit, however, especially between Harry and William; the two brothers, in the 36-year-old’s words, being on “different paths”.
Yet, looking at archive reports, it appears William isn’t the only one to have been in Harry’s bad books.
According to Vicky Ward, writing in Vanity Fair in 2008, Harry was not all that keen on a young Kate who was slowly entering the royal fold.
Added to this, she claimed that the Windsors did little in the way of easing her into their world.
Ms Ward wrote: “All the royal press – and former courtiers I spoke to – agreed that until Prince William formalises their relationship Middleton is in an awkward spot.
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However, Harry did eventually strike a strong relationship with Kate, the two enjoying a good friendship.
William’s friends – the Glosse Posse – were less sure, according to Ms Ward.
She noted: “There are those in the Glossy Posse who question whether Middleton’s poise is natural.
“One likened her and her younger sister, Pippa, to the Bouvier sisters, with their obvious desire to ‘marry well.'”
Of course, Kate slotted perfectly into the royal fold.
She is the future Queen consort, in recent years having taken on more royals in preparation for the top job.
Although she has no royal blood, she will still be crowned.
Her ceremony will be far smaller than William’s, however.