Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has caused quite some ripples if not waves. But the reception hasn’t been exactly what he and Meghan Markle might have expected. The estranged prince has levied quite some serious charges against the royal family, but the readers didn’t miss out on the problematic aspects of the Sussexes’ own actions. One of the foremost being announcing their first pregnancy at someone else’s wedding without their permission.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose their cousin’s wedding to announce their first pregnancy
Prince Harry revealed in his memoir Spare that he announced Meghan Markle‘s pregnancy to King Charles III, Prince William, and Kate Middleton at a cocktail party after Princess Eugenie’s Windsor wedding reception in October 2018.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were to leave for their Australia tour in late 2018 and wanted to share the news of their first pregnancy with the family before that. And Prince Harry’s cousin Eugenie’s wedding was chosen as the time and place for it because all the royal members were to attend.
The father of two went on to detail his family’s reaction to the news. King Charles was palpably pleased about becoming a grandfather again. And the Prince of Wales had a similar beaming reaction to this information. As per Prince Harry in Spare, the Princess of Wales “also gave a big smile and hearty congratulations. They both reacted exactly as I hoped — as I’d wished.”
But not everyone at the wedding reception was pleased by the news. And it was not so much the information but the timing of it all.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry intentionally stole Princess Eugenie’s thunder
As one would’ve naturally expected, both Princess Eugenie and her mother Sarah Ferguson were furious with the Sussexes’ decision to upstage the bride.
Dylan Howard and Andy Tillet, investigative journalists and authors of Royals At War, wrote in their book,
“This was a huge social gaffe, even if you were not a royal – stealing the limelight from Eugenie, who was furious, as was her mother, Sarah.”
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Similar allegations have been made by Canadian TV host Sid Seixeiro during his interview with Canada’s Breakfast television. He claimed,
“To me personally, this is not your day, okay? To announce a pregnancy at someone else’s wedding is that one of the shadier moves you’re gonna do. You’re bigfooting the entire process for whoever’s holding the wedding, you are telling everyone, ‘look, we believe we are bigger than anything else going on here’.”
Indeed, stealing someone’s thunder on the day of their wedding tends to be looked down upon, and the royal pariahs are facing the rightful brunt for it.
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