Meghan Markle travelled to Kensington Palace in November 2016 to meet Prince Harry’s family. According to royal correspondents, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand in their biography of the Sussexes, they said the Duchess of Cambridge stayed at her home instead of meeting Prince Harry’s then girlfriend.
The authors wrote: “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.
“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.”
The Duchess of Sussex was reportedly nervous when she met Prince William for the first time.
Mr Scobie and Ms Durand said the Duchess was anxious to meet Prince William not only because he is the future king of England but also as he is a protective older brother.
At the time, the Duchess of Sussex was working as an actress and had been dating Prince Harry for a few months.
She expected a “grilling” from William and thought he would “want to know everything about her – and her intentions” according to the authors.
They wrote: “As she walked up the seven freshly jet-washed concrete steps to Apartment 1A with Harry, she wasn’t thinking about meeting the future king of England but her boyfriend’s older brother, and one famously protective of his younger one, who had experienced more than his fair share of emotional wounds.”
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“And then William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine.
“So, you know, being our neighbours we managed to get that in a couple of – well quite a few times now and Catherine has been absolutely…”
The Duchess of Sussex added: “She’s been wonderful.”
Prince Harry continued: “…amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support.
“And then my – my father as well, we had a couple of – no more than that.
“A handful of teas and meetings and all sorts of gatherings over at his place as well.”
He added: “So, no, the family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support and my grandparents as well have been – have been wonderful throughout this whole process and they’ve known for quite some time.
“So how they – how they haven’t told anybody is – is again a miracle in itself.
“But now the whole family have come together and have been a huge amount of support.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in the US since March with their baby son Archie.