Will and Kate ‘stereotyped Meghan’ from very first meeting, says Harry

Prince William and Kate's ‘stereotyping’ of Meghan Markle stopped them from fully welcoming her when she was first introduced as Harry’s partner, he claims.

Speaking to Tom Bradby on ITV, Prince Harry recounted his version of what happened when he introduced his new love.

He said his brother and Kate Middleton had been ‘huge Suits fans’, adding: “Who would have thought?”

But he then recounts how their preconceptions ruined the relationship.

“There was a lot of stereotyping that was happening, that I was guilty of as well at the beginning," Harry tells Tom.

Tom asked: “What do you mean by that?”

Prince Harry replied: “An American actress, right? That was playing out in the British press in the media at the time as well.

"So you know, the fact that I had at the back of my mind, and some of the things that my brother and sister-in-law, some of the ways that they were behaving definitely felt to me as though unfortunately that stereotyping was causing a barrier to them sort of, you know, introducing or welcoming her in.”

Tom then asked him specifically what he meant, with Harry explaining in detail: “Well, American actress, divorced, biracial, there’s all different parts to that and what that can mean if you are, like a lot of my family do, if you are reading the press, the British tabloids, at the same time as living life, then there is a tendency where you could end up living in a tabloid bubble than actual reality.”

Harry also talked about how he had hoped that Meghan would be able to work closely with him, William and Kate.

“I thought the four of us would, you know, bring me and William closer together, we could go out and do work together, which I did a lot as a third wheel to them, which was fun at times but also I guess, slightly awkward at times as well.

“I don’t think they were ever expecting me to get – or to become – to get into a relationship with someone like Meghan, who had, you know, a very successful career.


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