- When she was preparing to join the royal family, Meghan Markle had a casual first meeting with members of the royal family, but one person she really wanted to meet was missing.
- In Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family (opens in new tab), royal biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand revealed that Meghan was disappointed that her future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, wasn't in attendance at her first royal family hangout.
- Meghan still had a great first royal family experience though, at her informal tea with Prince Charles and Prince William.
An American girl falling in love with a dashing European prince and becoming a royal is literally the kind of thing that happens in fairytales and romantic comedies (opens in new tab). So, when it happened IRL to Meghan Markle (opens in new tab), we all just kind of instinctively expected her life to play out like a perfect story. Unfortunately, Meghan's time in the royal family (opens in new tab) hasn't played out like a fairytale.
Long before she and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) decided to step back from their duties as a working royals, there were bumps in the proverbial road, apparently. In their best-selling royal biography, Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family (opens in new tab), Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand revealed that Meghan was faced with a let-down right away, when her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) wasn't there for her first introduction to the royal family.
"Meghan was disappointed she didn’t get to meet Kate, who was with the children at Anmer Hall, the couple’s Norfolk estate home near Sandringham," Scobie and Durand wrote, according to Page Six (opens in new tab). "But having gotten along so well with Harry’s brother, she didn’t think much more about that. William had made his feelings known to his brother when he shared how happy he was to see Harry smiling."
Of course, Meghan did eventually meet Kate and the women got along just fine. They even bonded over their shared love of tennis and attended matches together at Wimbledon.
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
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Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps (opens in new tab).
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings (opens in new tab).
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles (opens in new tab).
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down (opens in new tab) and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings (opens in new tab) while visiting Morocco.
February 24, 2019
The Duke and Duchess arrive to the "Education For All" boarding house in Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Meghan wore an Alice and Olivia blazer and Birdies slippers (opens in new tab).