Harry nicknamed ‘the Hostage’ by staff before wedding and Meghan was ‘constantly looking’ for drama, say insiders
In what comes as the latest, insiders from the Royal house have made several claims about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ahead of their much-awaited tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. From claims that the royal staff "nicknamed Harry 'the Hostage' before his wedding" to Meghan to tantrums thrown at the wedding, insiders are spilling the tea.
According to the latest reports, sources have made some very shocking claims along the lines that in the build-up to the 2018 ceremony, the Duchess of Sussex was "constantly looking" for drama regardless of the efforts of Palace workers. At one point, the Duke of Sussex reportedly said, "What Meghan wants, Meghan gets".
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Ahead of the couple's interview with Winfrey on Sunday, it looks like tensions in the Palace are at an all-time high. According to the latest reports, the Queen is said to have not been given an "advance copy" of the interview and aides will reportedly "reserve judgement" for any specific claims they make.
Harry was reportedly outraged when a tiara that Meghan wanted to wear for their marriage was not available. This latest claim goes back to the couple's behavior before their wedding in 2018. A source spoke of a "climate of fear" around the couple and said workers were "humiliated" and subject to "unreasonable demands" by the couple. They reportedly said, "[The Queen's aide] Angela told Harry [the tiara] was priceless and couldn't suddenly be handed over at short notice. He was furious and shouted: 'What Meghan wants, Meghan gets'. Suffice to say it didn't go down too well."
According to the publication, the Duchess was presented with her choice of the Crown Jewels to wear for the occasion but Meghan still appeared to be unhappy. The source said, "They insisted that they had the same inflation-adjusted budget for the wedding as William and Kate - she got the choir she wanted, the dress, the carriage procession, the tiara - she got everything she wanted but it still wasn't enough."
In addition to that, Meghan was also "constantly looking for reasons to say she had been deprived. Also, she wanted drama from the very beginning." The insider said the wedding at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018 was "hugely stressful" for the Palace staff.
The interview might barely be days away, but the Queen reportedly is not provided with an advance copy. The 90-minute primetime special, which is set to air on CBS on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at 8 pm EST/ PST, will be watched by those in the UK "at the same time". Officials have decided to "reserve judgement" on the show and will decide on Monday whether to make a public response. ITV will be broadcasting it at 9 pm that evening.
There are several other claims made by the insiders. According to local media, these include the Duchess not wanting to be the "supporting act" to Prince William and Kate Middleton, despite the Royal pecking order. During the wedding, there were several claims that aides were not supportive of the couple. But insiders say that they actually went to "great lengths to accommodate their [the Royal couple's] needs" despite contrary claims.
In another shocking claim about Meghan, an insider said that during a visit to Scotland, the Palace PR team "body blocked" the Duchess's ex-adviser Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne outside a cafe in Edinburgh since she apparently did not want to make eye contact with her.
Meanwhile, the couple is facing a Buckingham Palace investigation into their alleged mistreatment of staff while they were in Britain. To this, insiders have claimed that the couple bombarded workers with emails on weekends, holidays and at night.