It all seemed like a fairy tale, until it wasn’t. Many royal fans remember when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. For anyone who watched their royal wedding, it looked like something out of a storybook as an American TV star and a British prince tied the knot in front of millions of eyes around the globe.
The couple couldn’t have looked happier on that day but less than two years later, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their roles as senior royals and left England to live in California. A few months later, Meghan and Harry publicly painted a picture of royal life that seemed more like nightmare. No one knows for sure what really went on behind palace walls but things weren’t what Meghan expected and some tried to warn about that.
Meghan Markle wearing a black coat on a visit to New Zealand House
Meghan Markle wearing a black coat on a visit to New Zealand House | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Meghan’s friend warned her about losing her privacy when she started dating Harry
When Meghan first started dating Prince Harry she confided in her agent and friend Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne about seeing England’s most eligible bachelor.
Nelthorpe-Cowne told the Daily Mail that she remembered how excited Meghan was and while she was happy for her pal, she did try to caution her about what was going to happen once the press found out they were together. But apparently, Meghan didn’t want to hear it. “This is serious. This is the end of your normal life, the end of privacy–everything,’” Nelthorpe-Cowne told her. Meghan, however “just held up her hand and said: ‘Save it. I don’t want to hear any negativity. This is a happy time for us.”
Meghan stopped working with Nelthorpe-Cowne a week before she got engaged to Prince Harry and they haven’t spoken to each other since.
Royal expert tried to warn the now-duchess ‘don’t think you want to become a princess’
Meghan Markle arrives at The Royal Variety Performance 2018 at London Palladium
Meghan Markle arriving at The Royal Variety Performance 2018 at London Palladium | Samir Hussein/WireImage
Some believe that the Suits actor thought that marrying a prince meant that she would get to live in a castle, be waited on hand and foot, and wear beautiful gowns to lavish dinner parties. But being a member of Queen Elizabeth’s family also means that you’ll carry out hundreds of royal duties, be photographed everywhere you go, and the public will then critique your every move.
Journalist Jeremy Paxman knows this. The Express noted that he is a broadcaster, a presenter, and very knowledgable when it comes to the royal family. While hosting the documentary The Royal Wives of Windsor in 2018, he had a warning fo the future Duchess of Sussex about any illusion of what marrying a royal entails.
On the realities of marrying into The Firm, he said: “Every girl dreams of being a princess and actually I don’t think you want to become a princess if you can avoid it.”
Even Prince Harry warned his bride about royal life
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival dressed in red
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall | Simon Dawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images
For anyone wondering why Prince Harry didn’t warn his bride about what life in his family and under the royal microscope would be like, well he actually did.
During their first joint interview in 2017 post the announcement that they were engaged, Harry said that he had serious talks with Meghan about that very subject as their relationship progressed. The Duke of Sussex stated that the transition into royal life is “not easy for anybody. I still had to have some pretty frank conversations with her to say, ‘You know what you’re letting yourself in for?’”
Kate Middleton’s anger at Prince William over his lifestyle: ‘Making me look bad’
KATE MIDDLETON was left furious with Prince William after he was pictured dancing on a podium alongside another woman just days after another encounter in a nightclub.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced Kate will host a charity Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next week. Taking place on December 8, the event will be televised in the lead up to Christmas. Kate and William’s increasingly integral role within the Royal Family has also shown the strength of their relationship. Earlier this year, the Cambridges celebrated 10 years of marriage. They didn’t reach the milestone without challenging moments, however, as highlighted by a 2007 report.
It claimed that William had been seen dancing on a podium in Bournemouth, attracting the attention of another woman.
This came just days after newspaper reports claimed William was seen sharing an embrace with a woman while on a “boys’ night out” in Boujis, London.
The newspaper quoted a friend of Kate’s who said the Duchess sent a warning to William.
The friend said: “Kate told William that he was making her look bad.
“She has coped for years with girls flinging themselves at her boyfriend and, for a while, she found it humorous and even flattering.
“But after his recent behaviour she gave him an ultimatum and told him that every time he behaved like that in public he was cheapening her image as well as his own.
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“She told him she wasn’t prepared to be treated like a doormat and that his carefree behaviour was affecting her image.
“She gave him quite a pasting. In the past, she had always let go of things like that, but this really bothered her.”
A family friend of Kate’s added: “Kate rose above all the rumours and just laughed them off, but something recently snapped in her.
“She was irritated when she read about his flirting in Bournemouth and she wasn’t best pleased to hear about the blonde he ended up with on the dance floor at Boujis.”
Kate and William endured a tough year in 2007 when they briefly split.
Reports from April 2007 also claim that William broke up with Kate via a phone call that she received while at work.
Naughty Boy’s unfortunate Meghan Markle error: ‘This is the future’
NAUGHTY BOY made a bold prediction about Meghan Markle’s place in the Royal Family, which sadly turned out to be far from the truth.
Naughty Boy, the music producer who is best known for hits such as Runnin’ and La La La, is already getting stuck into bushtucker trials as he stars in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He has also clashed with fellow campmate Kadeena Cox over cooking duties as the show begins in dramatic fashion. Naughty boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, is used to keeping company with big stars, including members of the Royal Family. In February 2018, Naughty Boy performed for royalty as Prince Charles and Camilla hosted a gala dinner for the British Asian Trust.
He admitted he was “petrified” ahead of a performance for the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.
Naughty Boy said: “I was really petrified initially because there’s so much powerful energy here, but it felt right that I should be doing this.”
The DJ said: “I think this is part of the future. The whole culture is shifting to accepting just everything. For the Royal Family to spearhead that ‒ I think that’s amazing.”
Meghan’s life in the Royal Family was far from idyllic, however, as two years of regular criticism and tensions within the family culminated in the Sussexes leaving royal duties behind in 2020.
Meghan and Prince Harry later spoke about their life in the Royal Family with Oprah Winfrey.
Will Andy Murray retire from tennis?
After producing a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback against Oscar Otte on Wednesday, a match played under the centre court lights with a sense of nostalgia, Andy Murray then bowed out of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Denis Shapovalov on Friday.
That loss once again raised the matter of his retirement. Murray almost retired once, but fought back from undergoing surgeries in 2018 and in 2019, operations that mean he now plays with a metal hip
t had seemed that the Scot was set to retire in 2019, so much so that a farewell video was prepared with messages from tennis legends and the other members of what had been ‘The Big Four’. That came as a shock to the three-time Grand Slam champion as he had never officially stated he’d hang up his racket. But, it did appear that the end was near.
His return at Wimbledon 2021
Murray was able to fight back from his injury nightmare, playing well in doubles and even winning another ATP men’s singles title at the 2019 European Open, his first since March of 2017.
Through a wildcard, he was able to enter Wimbledon in 2021 and spoke ahead of the tournament about how excited he was.
“A few years ago, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play there ever again,” he told GQ.
“So, even though the last 18 months have been difficult from a tennis perspective, I’ve still been able to play a little bit.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t been at the level that I want as consistently as I wanted to, because of the injuries, but then again before the hip operation I also had come to terms with the fact that I might never play tennis again. So it’s been hard.
“But I’m still excited to be out there and getting the chance to compete in events such as Wimbledon.”
Murray hints at retirement
After bowing out of Wimbledon in the third round, though, Murray was more pessimistic when asked about his future.
“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, you know, ultimately I didn’t play how I would want and expect,” he said after his loss to Shapovalov.
“So, it’s like, is it worth it?”
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