Meghan Markle's first royal engagement made Kate and William realise they needed to 'up their game'

Kate Middleton and Prince William reportedly believed they had to up their game after Meghan Markle won over public and got engaged to Prince Harry

Meghan Markle's first royal engagement made Kate and William realise they needed to 'up their game'
Kate and William had a ‘wake-up call’ from Meghan's first public appearance with Harry at Royal Foundation (Kirsty O'Connor/Getty Images)
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According to a new book, Kate Middleton and Prince William believed they had to up their game after Meghan Markle won over the public and engaged to Prince Harry. In her book ‘The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown’, Katie Nicholl describes the Duchess of Sussex's first official engagements following the couple's relationship's public disclosure. Meghan was invited to join the Royal Foundation together with her fiance Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after becoming a member of the Royal Family.

Nicholl, however, asserts in her most recent book that Kate and William had a "wake-up call" from Meghan's first public appearance as a board member of the Foundation. Nicholl claimed in her book that of the four, Meghan was the "breakout star," displaying her charm and wit as she spoke on the panel and responded to queries. She quoted a source who said, “That was a wake-up moment for William and Kate when they realized that Meghan was very impressive, very confident, and very capable.”

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Other assertions made in Nicholl's book state that Harry and Meghan's choice to relocate to the US left the Queen feeling hurt and exhausted. According to an excerpt from the book that was published in Vanity Fair, Queen was also disappointed when Harry and Meghan didn't return to the UK in August with Archie and Lilibet, where she was hosting an annual "sleepover" in Sandringham with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. According to the source, Her Late Majesty was especially sad that because of the Sussexes' relocation, she was unable to spend as much time with Archie and Lilibet as she had hoped.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England (Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

At 96 years old, Her Late Majesty passed away at Balmoral Castle on September 8. According to the book, Charles, the new king of the United Kingdom is eager to mend the split between his youngest son Harry, 38, and the family. Earlier, in his first televised address to the nation on 9 September, King Charles said, “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.” 

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Prince William, Prince of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk in a procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth (Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, after the passing of the Queen, Prince Harry released a statement from the official website Archewell to pay tribute to her beloved grandmother. The statement said, “In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen—and in mourning her loss—we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty. She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy. Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now, 'Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.’” 

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Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018, in London, England (Paul Grover - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III. Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice.Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace,” the statement added. 

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