Meghan Markle shared several stories in Harry & Meghan, and some of them centered on her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. Prior to the release of the docuseries, Markle has been talking about the Princess of Wales in her interviews.
Meghan Markle Claimed Hugging Kate Middleton Must Have Been Jarring For The Princess Of Wales?
In Harry & Meghan, Meghan Markle detailed her first meeting with Prince William and Kate Middleton. She said that she is a hugger, but making this warm gesture to Middleton must have been jarring for the latter.
“When Will and Kate came over, and I met her for the first time, they came over for dinner, I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot. I was a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realize that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits. I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside,” she said (via Cheat Sheet).
Royal Expert Claims Meghan Markle’s Hug Wasn’t Jarring For Kate Middleton?
However, royal expert Ingrid Seward immediately debunked the Duchess of Sussex’s claims. She said that Markle and Middleton’s first encounter must have been surprising for the latter, but it wasn’t jarring for the mom of three.
“If Kate was startled, she would have been far too well-mannered to let on. They were having a ‘kitchen supper’ not a grand dinner party. And although being hugged by Harry’s girlfriend, whom she had never met before, might have been surprising, it would not have been ‘jarring.’ Kate, as we know, was brought up to be polite and kind. And Harry’s happiness with his new girlfriend would have been infectious. Nothing would have pleased her more than to see her friend Harry so obviously in love,” she told Mirror UK.
Seward also stressed the fact that it wasn’t Middleton’s first time meeting Prince Harry’s girlfriend. After all, she must have also met the likes of Chelsy Davy, Cressida Bonas, and more.
So, for the royal expert, the Duchess of Sussex should’ve seen it as a learning part on her end.
“Meghan’s claim that the royal family was somewhat cold just doesn’t ring completely true. Why would an intelligent woman – as she kept reminding us – not realize that the family of the man she is currently dating is a little more formal than the average Californian? They are the royal family with over a thousand years of history, ritual and formality are part of their existence,” she said.
Prince William, Kate Middleton Needed More Time Before They Warmed Up To Meghan Markle?
Meanwhile, body language expert Darren Stanton claimed that Prince William and Middleton might have simply needed more time before they warmed up to Markle.
“It was clear from William and Kate’s response that they still had to get to know her a little before that could happen. But they can be guarded before deciding they want to get close and open up to someone, like most people,” he said.
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