Pippa Middleton did not want Meghan Markle at her wedding as she was scared of being 'overshadowed'

The former actress, however, did end up getting invited to Pippa's wedding reception which was held in her home village of Bucklebury


                            Pippa Middleton did not want Meghan Markle at her wedding as she was scared of being 'overshadowed'
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It's not just her elder sister who seems to have a rocky relationship with Meghan Markle. A latest report claims that Pippa Middleton, Kate's younger sister, did not want to invite Meghan to her wedding fearing that her presence would steal her thunder.

Meghan was making headlines in the UK even before she got married to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. The couple secretly started dating in 2016 and by May 2017, news outlets began linking the pair romantically.

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Although Harry had a pretty colorful dating life up until that point, him dating an American-born actress, who was also a divorcee, caused ripples across the UK and created an interest that has since grown manifold and ultimately led the couple to officially quit as senior members of the royal family in January this year. 

Pippa, who wed James Matthews in May 2017, did not want to invite Meghan to the ceremony as the later's attendance would have generated so much press that the attention would have shifted from their wedding. 

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Pippa Middleton kisses her new husband James Matthews, following their wedding ceremony at St Mark's Church as the bridesmaids and pageboys walk ahead on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England (Getty Image)

“Meghan faced some opposition from the Middleton family, who didn’t want to invite her to Pippa’s wedding last May," the Sun reported. “They feared Meghan’s first public appearance with Prince Harry would overshadow the bride’s big day.”

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However, Meghan did end up getting invited to the wedding reception of Pippa, which was held in her home village of Bucklebury.

At the time, it came as a shock to many that Harry was invited to her wedding as there were rumors fo a possible romance brewing between Pippa and Princess Diana's younger son at the time of Kate and William’s April 2011 wedding.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex cheer attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London  (Getty Images)

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In 2017, Harry was reportedly so smitten with Meghan that he traveled 50 miles to pick her up from Kensington Palace because he did not want her to arrive at the reception alone. 

“[Harry] left as discreetly as possible and traveled with her all the way back up showing just how serious he is about her," the source said. "He didn’t want Meghan having to arrive alone, without him alongside her, at the reception.”

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Shortly after Pippa's wedding, Harry and Meghan - who was also branded by the press to be “Pippa Middleton-replica” - made their first public appearance. They announced their engagement on November 27, 2017.