Meghan and Kate’s relationship was doomed from the start, as resentment was evident early on that the then Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe was prioritized over that of the Duchess of Sussex, as reported today.
During her career as an American actress, Meghan Markle fell in love with the clothes from the British designer Erdem Morali Oglu, after she wore his dresses in several engagements before entering royal life from 2016.
But when publicly sharing it with Prince Harry, the Princess of Wales was said to have taken priority over Meghan because she, too, was an existing customer.
New details of the pair’s relationship, published in The telegraph — the same newspaper that published an exclusive interview with Prince Harry just last night — comes after Prince Harry released his controversial memoir Spear last Tuesday.
It wasn’t until 2019 that Meghan Markle wore Erdem’s look to a formal engagement, when she donned this custom green dress.
Meghan arrives at Westminster Abbey for Monday’s Commonwealth Day service, wearing a Victoria Beckham chain-print dress and an Erdem coat.
The Duchess of Cambridge is photographed in an elegant Erdem dress in October 2016
Meghan wore an Erdem ‘Davina’ dress from his 2015 collection in early 2016 — before it was available to the general public — to appear on NBC’s Today Program, before she met the Duke of Sussex.
She was also seen in Erdem dresses in March 2017 during a wedding in Jamaica, and around the time of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, when she wore his “Sebla” dress.
But as a member of the royal family, Meghan didn’t wear her favorite designer in public until March 2019, The Telegraph reports.
The fact that the British designer’s look, born in Canada, was reportedly delivered to Kate first, went down badly with the Sussexes, with Meghan allegedly saying Kate “wasn’t even a queen.”
The story of the dresses follows an earlier alleged spat between the couple over bridesmaid dresses for Harry and Meghan’s wedding, and their reportedly awkward first meeting with the Cambridges.
The Duchess of Sussex wore the outfit in London while she was pregnant with Archie, accompanied by Prince Harry
Erdem Moralioglu is a favorite designer of the Princess of Wales and Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle wore a black Erdem dress during her January 2016 appearance on NBC’s Today
Prince Harry claimed in Spear that one of the couple’s aides was asked to resign over allegations they were “trading” their position for freebies
Both Kate and Meghan reportedly left the meeting in tears after it was revealed that none of the dresses fit properly.
In a separate row, it was revealed in Prince Harry’s stand-up book that Meghan kept the freebies she received when she was a member of the royal family, supposedly to share with her staff at Kensington Palace.
The standard practice within the royal family is to send away unwanted gifts that were sent to the palace for free.
However, Harry admits in his book that Meghan took free gifts, but also distributed them to her staff.
“She shared all the freebies she received, clothes, perfume and make-up, with all the women in the office,” the prince wrote: Harry says.
But this is also said to have caused problems, with Prince Harry claiming one of his aides was “requested to resign by Palace HR after we showed them evidence that she traded her position with Meg for freebies”.
His claims are in dispute, as members of the royal family are only allowed to accept gifts for a major occasion, such as a marriage, or “official” gifts from royal engagements.
It is also said that there has been confusion over Meghan giving or “lending” items of clothing and jewellery.
In one such incident, Meghan wore a pair of diamond earrings, given to her by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, supposedly as a wedding gift, to a state banquet in 2018.
The palace claimed at the time that the earrings had been lent to the Duchess by Chopard, but it was later discovered that they were in fact a wedding gift.
Kate is pictured in an Erdem dress at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019
Meghan’s lawyers, Schillings, initially said: ‘At no stage did the Duchess tell staff that the earrings were ‘borrowed from a jeweler’, as this was not true, and therefore any suggestion that she encouraged them to lie to the media is unfounded. . ”
Two days later, Schillings added that it was possible Meghan said the earrings were borrowed because she referred to the fact that gifts given to the royal family are automatically the property of the monarch.
Attention was drawn to the fact that the earrings were worn just days after the Saudi regime admitted to killing journalist Jamal Khasoggi.
Harry and Meghan’s lawyers denied at the time that the duchess had ever said the earrings were a loan.
Things got off to a bad start for the couple after Meghan Markle first met Kate in ripped jeans and no shoes.
She later revealed in the couple’s Netflix documentary that she was shocked at the level of formality “behind closed doors” after the couple met.
She had previously given Prince William a hug when meeting him, to which she was said to have been ‘completely blown away’ [William] out’, according to Speer.
Prince Harry gave an exclusive interview to The Telegraph, published last night.
He also called on the royal family to apologize to Meghan Markle after he made a series of explosive allegations in his new book, claiming his family treats him as if he is ‘delusional and paranoid’.
You know what you did, said the Prince, and now I know why you did it. And you got caught, so come clean.
It’s not clear what Harry wants his family to apologize for to his wife, but he claimed he was putting up a “good fight” by siding with Meghan.
And he claimed that “if people had listened” to his concerns earlier, the gulf between him, Meghan and the rest of the royal family would not have been so wide.
The Duke of Sussex added that he could not understand why telling what he said was the “honest” side of the story seemed “shocking and outrageous”.
Speaking of his family, he said: ‘I hope you’ll actually sit down with me, properly, and instead of saying I’m delusional and paranoid, actually sit down and have a proper conversation about it, because what I would really do is like some accountability. And an apology to my wife.
He also spoke of his belief that his family could benefit from unconscious bias training: ‘I think the same process I went through with my own unconscious bias would be very beneficial to them.
It is not racism, but unconscious prejudice if it is not confronted, if it is not acknowledged, if it is not learned and cultivated, it can then turn into racism. And the way I understand it is that we all want to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been contacted for comment.