Meghan Markle has allegedly done more than just get Prince Harry to give up smoking and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Daily Mail is now reporting that the Duchess of Sussex has helped both Harry and his brother Prince William repair their strained relationships with their father, Prince Charles.
The two held some resentment toward him, Daily Mail detailed, because they believed he was absent during much of their childhood. Palace insiders told the outlet that William had even "been known to raise his voice at his father."
But Markle is changing things: "Meghan met Charles and was bowled over by his charm," a family source told Daily Mail. "She told Harry he was wonderful: welcoming, warm, hard-working kind and stable. She made it clear that he should appreciate him and bond more."
Meghan Markle is officially be the Duchess of Sussex, but she’s proving once again to be the queen of summer style.
The new royal accompanied husband Prince Harry at the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup on Thursday, an event to raise funds and awareness for his Sentebale charity. Despite the heat — the thermometer reached an unusual 91 degrees Fahrenheit in England for the match! — she pulled off her perfect laid-back California-girl style in a midi-length denim dress by Carolina Herrera.
Meghan ditched her signature boatneck for a V-neckline, and the blue dress cinched her waist with the help of a belt detail. The 36-year-old accessorized with a basket clutch by J. Crew and glam sunglasses, and she wore beige heels while expertly navigating the grass field.
Long before she was an actual princess, Meghan Markle had her own fictional princess dream.
In a post from Meghan’s now defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, Meghan discussed her dreams of becoming a princess (albeit a fictional cartoon one), blissfully unaware that just four years later, she would herself become a real princess.
“Little girls dream of being princesses. I, for one, was all about She-Ra, Princess of Power,” she wrote by way of introduction to an interview with Princess Alia Al-Senussi, admitting that she “had a bit of a ‘pinch-myself-I’m-emailing-with-a-princess’ moment” before her chat with the exiled Libyan royal and humanitarian back in 2014.
And Meghan not only revealed her favorite fictional princess (of course it would be the ultimate 1980’s girl-power icon) but she amazingly references her future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, and her royal wedding to Prince William.
When it comes to her estranged family members blabbing to the press, Duchess Meghan Opens a New Window. would do nearly anything for a reprieve. Yet as each week seemingly brings a new sensational headline, thanks to her dad Thomas Markle Sr Opens a New Window. ., she can only fret.
“Meghan is absolutely broken by the drama with her father,” a source close to the former Suits star reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “There’s no way she can have a relationship with him or even reach out to him to stop him from speaking. She knows he’ll record the conversation and sell it. She has high anxiety wondering if this will go on forever.”
Puzzling over the problem has brought one bright spot, however — an unlikely allegiance with Queen Elizabeth II Opens a New Window. . “What may surprise some is just how supportive Her Majesty has been during the problems Meghan has faced with her family,” a Buckingham Palace insider shares. “Meghan is in a tough place, and the queen knows it’s completely out of Meghan’s hands. She has only sympathy for what’s been a difficult and distressing situation for her.”
Meghan Markle hosted her first palace lunch for a very important cause on Thursday as she launched a special cookbook she helped create.
Meghan, 37, was accompanied by husband Prince Harry, 34, and her mom, Doria Ragland (who flew in from L.A. earlier in the week), at the Kensington Palace celebration to mark the publication of Together: Our Community Cookbook.
But it was very much her moment. Wearing a black top by Tuxe, a pleated black skirt by her designer pal Misha Nonoo and a bright blue coat by Smythepaired with her go-to Sarah Flint black pumps, Meghan joined the women from the Hubb Community Kitchen and created a meal of coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and chapatis at the royal couple’s palace home.