'She isn't even Queen': Meghan reacted badly when Kate was given 'priority' over her by favorite designer
LONDON, ENGLAND: Meghan Markle was apparently not happy that Kate Middleton was getting "first dibs" on a designer they both loved when the Princess of Wales "wasn't even Queen." Royal comentator Camilla Tominey made the claim after compiling a series of reports published over the years regarding the strained relationship between the sisters-in-law.
The journalist wrote that the two royals were different in several aspects, but shared a mutual fascination for the works of fashion designer Erdem Moralıoğlu. The Duchess of Sussex, who had worn multiple dresses by the Canadian-Turkish creator prior to her royal wedding and at private events, wasn't seen wearing a piece by the designer at an official royal engagement until the Commonwealth Day service in March 2019. On the other hand, Kate donned several of the artist's creations over the years, including for her first-ever official trip to Ottawa just weeks after her wedding in 2011.
As reported by the Daily Express, the then-Duchess of Cambridge was given "priority" by the brand because she was already a client, in addition to the fact that she had a more prominent position within The Firm. Tominey reported that the preferential tratment did not "go down well with Meghan." She wrote in The Telegraph, "Suffice to say the notion of her soon-to-be sister-in-law receiving preferential treatment did not, it is claimed, go down well with Meghan." Tominey said the Duchess of Sussex wondered why Kate was given priority over her, considering she "wasn’t even Queen."
The alleged episode supported claims that the relationship between Meghan and Kate had been lukewarm since the get go. Prince Harry has been rather candid about the reported tensions between his sister-in-law and his wife in his memoir, 'Spare'. He has also spoken about how reality never matched up to their expectations in the promotional interviews for the book. He told ITV's Tom Bradby that he had a "lot of hope" — even before meeting Meghan — that working with his future wife alongside Prince William and Kate would bring him closer to his brother.
"I don’t think they were ever expecting me to get into a relationship with someone like Meghan who had, you know, a very successful career," Harry continued. "There was a lot of stereotyping that was happening, that I was guilty of as well, at the beginning. American actress, right, and that was playing out in the British press in the media at the time as well. So you know, the fact that I had that in the back of my mind, and some of the things that my brother and sister-in-law... some of the way that they were acting or behaving definitely felt to me as though unfortunately that stereotyping was causing a bit of a barrier to them really sort of, you know, introducing or welcoming her in," he added.
In his book, the Duke also commented on the infamous bridesmaid dress row between Kate and Meghan, which he said left his bride-to-be "sobbing on the floor." Meghan herself chimed in on her relationship with Kate in the six-part Netflix docu-series released last month. The former actress recalled her first-ever meeting with the current Prince and Princess of Wales. "I was a hugger, always being a hugger I didn't realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits," she said, adding, "I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside, carried through on the inside."