Kate Middleton warned Prince Harry not to rush into marrying 'completely different' Meghan Markle according to explosive new book - which claims the Duke's lavish spending sparked his rift from Prince William

  • Prince Harry’s spending apparently helped spark rift with brother Prince William
  • Duke of Sussex, 35, married former American actress Meghan, 38, in May 2018 
  • Thought to have increased spending further when near Meghan’s 2019 due date
The royal family were so concerned about Prince Harry rushing into marriage with Meghan Markle that even his sister-in-law Kate Middleton took him aside to warn him, an explosive new book has claimed.
In Royal At War, published today on Kindle, investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett claim that Kate urged Prince Harry to take things slowly, because it would take 'time, care and attention' for Meghan to integrate with the family. 
The Duke of Sussex, 35, who married the former American actress, 38, in May 2018, enjoyed a close relationship with Kate who he referred to as 'the big sister I never had'.
However, his relationship with Kate and his brother William remains fractured, after he  relocated to LA with his wife and their son, Archie, one, amid a feud with his brother and rumours that Kate and Meghan did not get on.
Here, FEMAIL reveals the shocking claims made in the book, including reports that part of the reason for the rift between the brothers was Harry's lavish spending in the wake of his wedding.  
He reportedly forked out more than £6,000 within months for acupuncture 'as part of a health drive' and enjoyed a 'babymoon' with the Duchess of Sussex at Heckfield Place, a luxury spa in Hampshire - the three-night stay is said to have cost up to £33,000. 
Harry and Kate arrive at the service
The Duches sof Cambridge reportedly advised Prince Harry not to rush into marriage with Meghan Markle because she would need time to integrate, due to her 'completely different' life before they met. Pictured: Harry and Kate at the ANZAX Day service in 2019  
The Duke of Sussex, 35, who married the former American actress (pictured together), 38, in May 2018, with the pair currently living in LA with their son, Archie, one, is thought to have ditched his modest budget further when nearing Meghan’s due date a year later
The Duke of Sussex, 35, who married the former American actress (pictured together), 38, in May 2018, with the pair currently living in LA with their son, Archie, one, is thought to have ditched his modest budget further when nearing Meghan’s due date a year later
Prince William ‘had concerns over Prince Harry’s romance with Meghan Markle - and the Duchess of Cambridge warned he should take things slowly’
Prince William apparently had concerns over Prince Harry’s romance with Meghan Markle and took his brother aside to ask ‘Is she the right one?’ shortly after meeting her, according to insiders.
Royals At War say the well-intentioned intervention didn’t go down well with the Duke of Sussex who took it as a deliberate slight.
The authors suggest Prince Harry was drawn to his future wife’s ‘confidence, commitment, drive and ambition’ because ‘subconsciously he was seeking a figure to replace the mother so cruelly torn from him at a vulnerable age’.
But while he was quickly smitten after first dating Meghan in 2016, his sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, urged him to take things slowly.
‘She gently reminded him that he was dating someone with a completely different life, past, and career and it would take time, care and attention for them to integrate,’ the authors write.
But the concerns resulted in Prince Harry becoming convinced that the Royal family and even Palace aides were against him and his new partner.
Yet Howard and Tillett suggest that Harry’s misgivings were unfounded. Indeed, many Royal officials were fans of Meghan.
After a meeting of senior Royals that the mother-of-one attended, one well-placed aide remarked: ‘All their IQs put together would not equal hers.’
Another source explained: ‘It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife. He is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.’
As Howard and Tillett conclude: ‘The rifts that eventually opened up in the Royal family after Meghan arrived could have been avoided if Harry was able to empathise and take his brother’s concerns in the spirit they were intended.’
Kensington Palace and a representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been contacted for comment. 
Prince Harry’s increased spending habits following his wedding to Meghan Markle helped spark rift with Prince William (pictured left with his brother in March), a new book has claimed
Prince Harry’s increased spending habits following his wedding to Meghan Markle helped spark rift with Prince William (pictured left with his brother in March), a new book has claimed
Prince Harry's spending leads to rift with senior members of the Royal family 
Royal At War authors and investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett said: 'Harry’s [spending] transformation is revealed as one of the fundamental factors behind the deep fissure that opened between him and his brother, Prince William.'
In the book, insiders suggest Prince Harry first got the spending bug after leaving the Kensington Palace household which he shared with his brother and his wife, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38.
The Royals At War (above) authors look at how Meghan’s arrival into the Royal family unintentionally led to the split of the loved ones
The Royals At War (above) authors look at how Meghan’s arrival into the Royal family unintentionally led to the split of the loved ones
He moved into Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle with Meghan following their Windsor-based wedding and spent £2.4million of taxpayers’ money to refurbish the cottage, which they vowed to repay under the terms of Megxit.   
The cost of the modernisation works on the Grade II listed property sparked controversy, with the Queen reported to be ‘privately unhappy’ over the expenditure. 
Meanwhile, Meghan topped up Prince Harry's wellness spending splurge with aromatherapy as well as massages, and was estimated to have spent over £478,920 on maternity clothes.
In the book, sources claim that the eye-watering spree led to concerns at the very top of the Royal household, since the Queen is well-known for her modest tastes.
'The fact that Meghan splashed so much cash rang alarm bells with the traditionally conservative Queen Elizabeth,' said the authors.
'Growing up in the war left the monarch with a built-in sense of frugality and economy, despite being one of the richest women in the world.'
Prince Harry and Meghan are now reportedly paying just shy of £18,000 a month to keep Frogmore as their official British base while they stay at Tyler Perry's $18 million, 12-bedroom villa in Hollywood.
The Frogmore arrangement is being described as a 'rental-plus' agreement in which they pay more than what the commercial rate would be, enabling them to pay down the building costs with the excess.
Elsewhere, Prince Harry and Meghan were also criticised for using private jets last year, including four trips in just 11 days in August, despite their eco credentials.  
The duke later defended his repeated use of private jets, claiming he needs them for his family's safety. Speaking at an event, he refused to apologise for private flights to Italy, France and Spain, saying: 'I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial.
'Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity [to fly privately] based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe - it's as simple as that.' 
Prince Harry dismissed concerns over his carbon footprint by insisting that he 'offsets' his emissions by donating to renewable energy incentives and planting trees.
Sir Elton John said he did this on the prince's behalf when he provided a private plane to fly him and Meghan to his home in the south of France last August.

Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan: A 'royal rift'

May 2018
Rumours have long swirled of a row between the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle at the former actress' wedding to Prince Harry two years ago, in May 2018. 
Then last month, society bible Tatler claimed the spat centred on whether Princess Charlotte and the other young bridesmaids should wear tights.
In a profile of Kate, 38, titled Catherine the Great, it quotes one unnamed friend who claims she wanted to follow 'protocol', with the bridesmaids, including Charlotte, then three, wearing tights – but Meghan disagreed.
Pictures from the wedding at St George's Chapel, Windsor, appear to show the six bridesmaids with bare legs, while photographs from Prince William and Kate's wedding in April 2011 show bridesmaids wearing tights. 
November 2018
Royal reporter Katie Nicholl claimed sources close to the brothers said they had a falling out around Christmas 2017, when Harry reportedly told William he wasn't making enough of an effort to include Meghan in The Firm.
'Harry felt William wasn’t rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so,' her source claimed. 'They had a bit of a fall-out, which was only resolved when Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort.
'That’s when the Cambridges invited the Sussexes to spend Christmas with them.'
February 2019
In a TLC documentary - Kate v. Meghan: Princesses at War, Katie Nicholl said Harry had taken offence to a comment William made about his relationship with Meghan.
'William was quite concerned that the relationship had moved so quickly,' she said. 'And being close to Harry, probably the only person close enough to say to Harry, "This seems to be moving quickly, are you sure?"
'I think what was meant as well-intended brotherly advice just riled Harry. Harry is hugely protective of Meghan. He saw that as criticism. He interpreted that as his brother not really being behind this marriage, this union, and I don’t think things have been quite right ever since.'
In the same documentary, royal correspondent Emily Andrews claimed Harry 'went ballistic' and accused William of 'trying to wreck this relationship before it’s even started'.
March 2019
Royal filmmaker Nick Bullen told Fox News that there was never a feud between Kate and Meghan - instead, 'William and Harry have had a rift'.
'All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fall-out at the moment is becoming public,' he said.
April 2019
Prince Harry attended an Easter service at St George's Chapel - which happened to fall on the Queen's birthday. He arrived alone alongside Peter Philips and his then wife Autumn.
While he was seen chatting to his cousin Zara Tindall and Kate, he didn't appear to speak to William.
May 2019
Following the Easter service, Kate allegedly advised Harry to offer William 'an olive branch' to repair their fractured relationship and the 'complete and utter breakdown of communication' between them, The Mirror reported.
It was her suggestion that led the Sussexes to invite the Cambridges to Frogmore Cottage, where they had tea and chatted for half an hour.
June 2019
Meghan and Harry officially split from The Royal Foundation - the joint charity they shared with William and Kate.
An official statement read: 'The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has today announced the conclusions of a review into its structure, and how it will best support Their Royal Highnesses with future charitable activity.
'Later this year, The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from The Royal Foundation. In addition, both couples will continue to work together on projects in the future, including on The Foundation's mental health program, Heads Together.'
July 2019
Prince William and Kate attended Archie's Christening and posed for a group photo. However, a source told Us Weekly that the Cambridges 'weren't happy' about the Sussexes' decision to keep the celebration private.
They reportedly said: 'William thinks his brother is going overboard keeping Archie out of the spotlight' and 'blames Meghan'.
October 2019
In an ITV documentary, Prince Harry refused to deny there was a rift between him and his brother.
Speaking to Tom Bradby in Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Harry said: 'Part of this role and part of this job, and this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably, you know, stuff happens.
'But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. And we’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I’ll always be there for him, as I know he’ll always be there for me.'
He added: 'We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but you know, I love him dearly. The majority of this stuff [in the press] is created out of nothing, but you know, as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.'
November 2019
The Sussexes announced they would be spending Christmas with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, rather than at Sandringham with the Queen. While the decision was said to have the monarch's support, one source told Us Weekly that the 'rift' between William and Harry was 'one of the main reasons behind their decision'.
Meanwhile a source told People: 'William is the future king. There is going to be some competitiveness between him and Harry... That already puts a rock in the relationship.'
January 2020
Tom Bradby told Good Morning Britain that the brothers are hoping to rebuild their relationship. He said: 'There are lots of people who would love there to be, including, I think, the brothers themselves, love them to be closer again. And with any luck, that will happen. But with families, we all know stuff happens, things are said.'
But later that month, Harry and Meghan announced they were quitting as senior members of the Royal Family, which 'blindsided' William, according to an Us Weekly source.
However, a royal source told The Sun that, following the official Sandringham summit, William and Harry 'spent time together privately' to 'work on their relationship and discuss their future'.
'It has been groundbreaking in terms of saving their bond as brothers and has been totally driven by them,' the source added.
'But Kate and Meghan, who was in Canada, did join in with some of the talks on more than one occasion - which is another sign of a real thaw in their relationship. Things are better.'
March 2020
The Commonwealth Day service - Meghan and Harry's final official engagement - was 'not exactly the warm reunion we were hoping for', according to body language expert Judi James.
She said Harry's 'tension was palpable' as William seemingly failed to greet his brother.
Towards the end of the month, when the coronavirus pandemic took hold, Dailymail.com reported that Meghan had confided in friends that her husband felt 'helpless' and was 'concerned' about the Queen and his father Prince Charles catching coronavirus.
The friend added: 'Meghan told her inner circle of friends that Harry has been communicating with Prince William and the Queen on a pretty consistent basis.
'She said this world crisis has actually brought them all closer together, especially Harry and his brother.
'Harry has made it very clear to them that he will do whatever he can to help from Canada. Meghan said they are grateful, especially Harry, that they could spend time with his family before all this insanity began.'

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