Prince Harry has shared his account of what really happened between his wife Meghan Markle and sister-in-law Kate Middleton in the lead-up to the pair's wedding in 2018. Writing in his memoir Spare, the Duke of Sussex insists the fight was driven by Kate, who was seemingly annoyed that Meghan hadn't responded to her straight away about an issue with Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid dress.
Kate claimed Charlotte "cried when she tried it on at home", but wasn't willing to visit Meghan's tailor, who was on hand to make any changes to the dresses, all while the Duchess of Sussex was busy dealing with her a public row with her father Thomas Markle.
Harry writes that Meghan received a text from Kate four days before the wedding, saying the dresses would need altering, as they had been hand-sewn from measurements only without a fitting, so this "wasn't a big shock".
"Meg didn't reply to Kate straight away," he says. "Yes, she had endless wedding-related texts, but mostly she was dealing with the chaos surrounding her father. So the next morning she texted Kate that our tailor was standing by."
Harry shares that Meghan told Kate the tailor's name and that he was "at the palace," but "this wasn't sufficient".
He continues, writing that Kate complained, "Charlotte's dress is too big, too long, too baggy. She cried when she tried it on a home."
Meghan then responded, "Right, and I told you the tailor has been standing by since 8am. Here. At KP. Can you take Charlotte to have it altered, as the other mums are doing?"
Harry claims Kate replied, "No, all the dresses need to be remade," adding that she had spoken to her "own wedding designer" who had agreed with her.
"Meg asked if Kate was aware of what was going on right now," he writes. "With her father. Kate said she was well aware, but the dresses. And the wedding is in four days!"
He also claims Kate had "problems with the way Meg was planning her wedding. Something about a party for the page boys? It went back and forth".
The Duke writes that his wife replied, "I'm not sure what else to say. If the dress doesn't fit then please take Charlotte to see Ajay. He's been waiting all day."
To which Kate is said to have simply replied, "Fine."
Harry says he arrived home not long after the conversation took place, to find Meghan "on the floor sobbing". He says that while he was "horrified" to see her so upset, he told her that "Kate hadn't meant any harm".
This was seemingly proven when the Princess of Wales paid the pair a visit the next morning with flowers and a card saying sorry.
There have been several versions of events about this argument between Meghan and Kate, with claims it was actually Meghan who made Kate cry. The suggestion had the Sussexes demanding their press office put out a correction, however, it was refused, with officials saying it would spark more questions about the incident and set a precedent of speaking about private matters.
Meghan made sure to share her version of events during the pair's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
Harry also addressed it once again in his interview with Good Morning America when he was asked for examples of how the palace put a negative spotlight onto Meghan as a way to protect the other royals.
"It's so petty but the bridesmaids' dresses," Harry told the interviewer. "While I was writing the book we were on version 29 or 30, all of which involved my wife supposedly making numerous people within my family cry which simply wasn't the case. For historical reference the truth needs to be there and it needs to come from me."
According to the Daily Mail, some sources have continued saying it was Meghan being difficult and Kate's flowers weren't an apology, but a "classy" gesture to "keep the peace".
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