From the moment they laid eyes on each other, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s love story has been full of controversy and their nuptials fraught with drama. And now at the wedding rehearsal, certain royals have continued to make Meghan’s life a nightmare, as New Idea can exclusively reveal.
Palace insiders have spilled that the wedding rehearsal was upset by the meddling Duchess of Cornwall and Princesses Beatrice, 29, and Eugenie, 28.
‘The wedding rehearsal was incredibly tense, and it was no surprise when all that tension bubbled over and there was an enormous row,’ says a source.
Eugenie, who is due to marry this October, was at the centre of the showdown.
‘Bea and Eugenie were being very difficult, making all sorts of inappropriate comments. Eugenie was overheard at one point telling her sister, even though Meghan and Harry’s wedding was coming first, hers was going to be a lot more of a showstopper and people would be talking about it for years,’ the source spills.
Insiders also indicate that Bea went to great lengths to ensure she’ll wear the best dress and apparently ‘stole’ one of Kate’s options she had set aside. The sisters also boasted they would upstage Meghan, 36.
‘Bea and Eugenie were also going on and on pretty loudly about how they are going to make sure that they are the best dressed on the day. They were humiliated after their outfits were ridiculed at William and Kate’s wedding, and they’re not going to make that mistake again – and that everyone would be talking about what they wore more than Meghan’s gown.
‘Kate and Meghan of course were quite taken aback by how rude they were, and it was Kate who spoke up and said they were being disrespectful and to show some manners,’ says the source.
The sisters are said to be riled up after their mother, Sarah Ferguson, was snubbed from the wedding.
‘Beatrice and Eugenie got very fired up – wailing about how they were born into the royal family and Kate and Meghan weren’t, so it was them who should show the respect.
‘Kate and Meghan didn’t stoop to their level and kept a dignified silence. They just feel like the outcasts of the royal family, and seeing their mother treated so poorly when she is a duchess is just disgusting – they’re so angry over it all.’
The sisters have even ousted poor Meghan from the Royal Lodge on the eve of her wedding, insisting they stay there instead. As their father Prince Andrew owns the lodge, they made sure Meghan was not given access to the premises. And it’s not only the sisters who have been stirring the pot. Camilla, 70, who has a history of meddling in Harry’s affairs, made efforts to ensure Meghan’s parents were second rate.
‘Meghan’s parents have felt the wrath of Camilla,’ continues the royal source. ‘She has been causing trouble left, right and centre – she’s doing her best to disrupt this wedding. The last straw was when Meghan found out Camilla had moved her parents to bad seats in the church – so they were tucked away.’
It’s also rumoured Camilla made it her mission to ensure there was plenty of meat on the menu, when she knows Meghan and her friends are vegans.
In fact, Camilla made so many changes here and there that Kate had to step in.
‘Kate spoke to Camilla and told her it was inappropriate to make changes. Kate has really stepped up to protect Meghan and tackle Camilla on her behalf.’
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