Royal author says Prince Harry’s friends were ‘disappointed’ when they first met Meghan Markle


The first impression with a significant other’s friends can be a lasting impression and according to an explosive new book, the one Meghan Markle gave members of Prince Harry’s circle the first time they met was no good .

Here’s what a royal biographer had to say about why the Duke of Sussex’s friends were said to have been ‘disappointed’ when they met the former Combinations star whom Harry brought as his plus-one to a wedding.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend engagement while visiting Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

When Meghan first met Harry’s friends

Harry and Meghan started dating in the summer of 2016 and in March 2017 the prince was set to introduce his then girlfriend to his friends at the wedding of his Eton College pal Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip.

Skippy and Lara Hughes-Young, who is a software developer and granddaughter of the late Conservative MP Michael Hughes-Young, were married at the Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in front of 40 guests. The island is also where Meghan married her first husband, Trevor Engelson, in 2011.

Why they were ‘quickly let down’ after meeting Harry’s girlfriend at the time

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured at a memorial service in London in 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured attending a service in London in 2018 | VICTORIA JONES/AFP via Getty Images

Investigative journalist Tom Bower is the author of the book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors which detailed Meghan’s first encounter with Harry’s crew.

In an excerpt serialized by The Times Bower wrote: “The close-knit group was looking forward to meeting Meghan. They were quickly disappointed.

According to the book, a number of Harry’s pals and some of their relatives in attendance were unimpressed with Meghan because “she not only quibbled over the food, but acted ‘princess’.”

The author learned that the future Duchess ‘refused to engage with Harry’s friends’, with a mum adding: ‘She wasn’t interested in us’.

Harry’s longtime friends were ‘surprised’ they weren’t invited to his wedding reception

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exit Windsor Castle and head to the evening reception
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exit Windsor Castle and head to an evening reception | Steve Parsons/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

There have been reports in the past that Harry’s pals never got along with Meghan. Royal expert Kate Nicholl has previously spoken about this topic and how the Prince’s friends were surprised when they didn’t receive an invite to the Sussexes’ nightly reception after their royal wedding in 2018.

One of the Duke’s friends who spoke to Nicholl said they were “a bit surprised not to get the golden ticket for the evening”.

In an article for Vanity Fair, Nicholl noted that Harry’s longtime girlfriend Astrid Harbord was not invited. Neither Violet von Westenholz, who many say introduced the couple, nor Natalie Pinkham, Harry’s “former party friend”. Even Skippy and his wife were left off the guest list.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to respond to claims made in Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors.

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