In his bombshell memoir Spare, Prince Harry pulls back the curtain on the brewing tensions between the two most famous royal wives – Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
He exposes startling details about a tense showdown between the two women in the early days of Harry and Meghan’s marriage, where Kate grew so angry that, as Harry recounts, “her fingers turned white” for squeezing the leather sofa
The confrontation between Kate and Meghan
Harry lays bare the awkward dynamic in the months after his fairy tale 2018 wedding to Meghan when hopes were high that the glamorous actress would seamlessly join the ranks of the royal family. However, behind closed doors, tensions were reaching a boiling point.
According to Harry’s tell-all, the friction came to a head in a private meeting held shortly after the Sussexes returned from their honeymoon.
Both couples – Harry and Meghan along with William and Kate – decided to clear the air, but the conversation quickly took an ugly turn.
Harry recounts how Kate, known for her stoic and graceful public persona, became uncharacteristically expressive in her anger towards Meghan.
Clutching the arm of a sofa so tightly that “her fingers turned white,” Kate insisted that Meghan apologize for calling her “baby brain“ while Kate was pregnant.
In Spare, Harry laments how his brother William jumped to Kate’s defense in the tense exchange, pointedly reprimanding Meghan that “these things are not done here” by pointing the finger at her.
Stunned by her in-laws’ animosity, Meghan firmly tells William, “Keep your finger out of my face.”
The passage casts Kate and William in an unusually harsh light and provides remarkable insider context about the interpersonal conflicts simmering beneath the surface of royal appearances.
Based on Harry’s recollection, there was near-instant friction between these two prominent women despite warm wishes on their wedding day.
This tense exchange between sisters-in-law was no exception, serving as a microcosm for the internal strife to come.