- 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, 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. So, when it happened IRL to Meghan Markle, we all just kind of instinctively expected her life to play out like a perfect story. Unfortunately, Meghan's time in the royal family hasn't played out like a fairytale.
Long before she and Prince Harry 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, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand revealed that Meghan was faced with a let-down right away, when her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton 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. "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
October 22, 2019
Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps.
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.
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.
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.