Royal snub: Meghan Markle rejected a peace offering of flowers from Kate – ‘Not enough’

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Royal biographer Katie Nicholls claims at one point Kate sent Meghan Markle flowers to “rectify the situation” – however they were firmly rejected by the Duchess of Sussex. Ms Nicholls, who wrote a book about Prince Harry titled Life, Loss and Love, said: “Meghan told Kate in no uncertain terms that flowers were not enough.”

The latest revelation comes amid an explosive new royal biography about Meghan and Harry.

In the book titled Finding Freedom, co-authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie claim the divide between Meghan and Kate was stemmed by having “nothing in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace”.

The biography serialised in The Times and Sunday Times is due to be published on August 11 and quotes a number of close friends and associates of Meghan and Harry.

In one extract, the authors claim by the time Meghan and Harry were due to officially leave the firm, the two royal households were barely speaking.

The quartet once dubbed the “Fab Four” were last seen together at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March and it is claimed Kate blanked Meghan at the event.

The co-authors wrote: “Although Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her.”

Mr Scobie added: “To purposefully snub your sister-in-law, I don’t think it left a great taste in the couple’s mouths.”

The book also claims Meghan and Harry invited Kate and William to their Cotswold country home but the pair never showed up.

At the start of Meghan and Harry’s relationship, the book also claims Kate did little to help the American actress settle into royal life.

Finding Freedom alleges Meghan had expected Kate to “give her the lie of the land on everything an outsider to The Firm needed to know but that was not how things turned out”.

Close friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge says the pair “rolled out the red carpet” for Meghan and “done all they possibly could” to integrate her into the Royal Family.

The book also details tensions between the two brothers and claims Prince William had feared Harry was “blindsided by lust” when he first met Meghan Markle in 2016.

The authors say Harry was particularly offended by William’s advice to “take as much time as you need to get to know this girl”.

But Harry allegedly took offence to the phrase “this girl”, and interpreted it as “snobbish and condescending”.


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A spokesman for Meghan and Harry said the couple did not contribute to the book.

He said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.

“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”

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