No One Knew About Prince William And Harry’s Step-Sibling…Until Now

Published on 03/19/2020
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No matter where you live on the earth, there are some people you instantly recognize thanks to their fame. We’re sure you’ve heard of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle once or twice. Although they are in front of the cameras quite often, they live pretty secretive lives. Most people don’t know that Prince William and Prince Harry have a step-sibling, and that’s not by mistake! In 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed, but soon after, their fairytale spiraled. What was boiling beneath the surface?

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No One Knew About Prince William And Harry’s Step-Sibling…Until Now

Someone Else

Diana first thought Prince Charles was her knight in shining armor, but this was far from the truth. They exchanged vows, tied the knot and were happily pronounced husband and wife…too bad Charles was already in love with another woman.

Someone Else

Someone Else

Called It Quits

1971 was the year Prince Charles first laid eyes on Camilla Parker Bowles. The young couple began dating but abruptly called it quits several years later. Both moved on and married other people, but it seems some love really is everlasting.

Called It Quits

Called It Quits

No Sulking

Diana opened up to BBC in 1995 and said, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”. Although she felt rather uncomfortable, she decided to put up with it and devote herself to something else.

No Sulking

No Sulking

Princess Of Wales

To distract herself, she instead focused on her role as the Princess of Wales. Diana’s incredible charity work turned her into a pop culture icon of the decade. Her light brought a spark to the Royal family.

Princess Of Wales

Princess Of Wales

Doting Mother

Diana was also recognized for the way she raised her two children. The royal children were often always in the hands of nannies and relatives, but not Diana’s children. The boys were the center of her world and she made sure they felt that. The princess would take the kids to school, and bring them to all of her official events.

Doting Mother

Doting Mother

Breaking Up

During the ’90s, the British Royal family was crumbling right before our eyes. Charles and Diana split, later filing for divorce. For those who aren’t aware, this is highly frowned upon for any member of the monarchy. Too bad this wasn’t even the worst part of it all.

Breaking Up

Breaking Up

A Tragic Death

On August 31, 1997, Diana was in a vehicle that crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. The Princess succumbed to internal injuries not long after the accident.

A Tragic Death

A Tragic Death

Everyone Heard

The world was shocked by the awful news of Diana’s death. Mourners traveled to London to pay their respects to the late Princess. They brought flowers with them and placed them outside of her home.

Everyone Heard

Everyone Heard

Moving On

Everyone was extremely saddened by the loss of such a great woman. After the funeral procession wrapped up, the family had to go back to their normal lives, no matter how hard it was. Charles’ next step, however, was quite unusual and it shocked the world.

Moving On

Moving On

Getting Back Together

Charles and Camilla’s new relationship went public in 2005, just 8 years after Diana’s death. They weren’t just dating, they were planning on marrying! However, William and Harry were not ready for a new stepmom.

Getting Back Together

Getting Back Together

A New Start

The royals weren’t the only people skeptical of Diana’s replacement, the public was outraged as well. Despite this, those close to Charles saw how happy he was with Camilla, so they supported him- William and Harry included.

A New Start

A New Start

No Wicked Stepmom

Harry explained in 2005, “she’s not the wicked stepmother…William and I love her to bits.” The public slowly followed suit and accepted the new Princess. But little did everyone know, Camilla didn’t join the family alone…

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Not Only Camilla

The spotlight was on Camilla and only Camilla, the fact that she had 2 kids from a previous marriage fell through the cracks. One of her children finally stepped in the light, but the other chose to stay in the shadows.

Not Only Camilla

Not Only Camilla

Tom Parker Bowles

Food critic and writer Tom Parker Bowles is the son of Camilla. Tom starred on Masterchef, was on The F-Word by Gordon Ramsay and has written several books. His sister is not in the public eye like her brother.

Tom Parker Bowles

Tom Parker Bowles

Laura Lopes

Camilla’s daughter, Laura Lopes, has done her best to stay out of the spotlight. Although she has been present at certain occasions and a few Royal weddings, she chooses to remain behind closed doors. What’s really going on?

Laura Lopes

Laura Lopes

Just Kids

When Diana and Prince Charles married way back when, Laura and Tom were only kids. Paparazzi followed Camilla around, you know the former lover story, and also her kids. This really took a toll on the two of them.

Just Kids

Just Kids

The Pap

These vultures would wait tirelessly outside of the Parker Bowles’ home hoping to catch a glimpse of the family. Diana passed away because she was being chased by paparazzi. This story sounds all too familiar and it began to get on the family’s nerves.

The Pap

The Pap

Dealing With Bullies

Tom spoke to the Mail and said, “They’re bullies, half of these people, and they made you very angry. All I wanted to do was smack them in the face and beat the hell out of them. But you couldn’t do that.” Laura dealt with the bullies in another way.

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Avoiding Attention

Instead of basking in the spotlight, Laura stayed as far away from it as she could. Does this mean that she was removed from the Royal Family? Or did she solely keep her distance from the paparazzi?

Avoiding Attention

Avoiding Attention

Won Them Over

Camilla acknowledges that she would have never married Charles had it not been for her family. She rose above the paparazzi’s constant hounding by staying close to her roots, proving that family is always first and foremost.

Won Them Over

Won Them Over

True Nature

But, as always, people speculate about the realness of royal friendships. Is it all just a show? The tension between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle has been in the headlines for some time now. Is there any truth to the statement?

True Nature

True Nature

The Brothers

As always, reporters dug adamantly to get to the truth. After getting what they wanted, they realized that the tension stemmed from an argument between William and Harry. What can we say, brothers will be brothers!

The Brothers

The Brothers

At Odds

The boys have always been very close, their mother’s death strengthening their relationship even more. But with similarities always come differences, and that rings true for these royals. Harry and William live very different lives, and this ultimately started the feud.

At Odds

At Odds

The Public Noticed

The public became suspicious after seeing both Harry and William divert from an old tradition. Meghan Markle and Harry supposedly wanted to leave the entire royals behind. But what does this even mean?

The Public Noticed

The Public Noticed

Kensington Palace

After they had gotten married, they decided to move into Kensington Palace. This was the abode Meghan called home during her first year as a member of the British Royal Family. She had a lot to get used to!

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Nottingham Cottage

They then decided to live in Nottingham Cottage, in close proximity to where the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Eugenie live. William, Kate and their children lived across the grounds in a massive apartment

Nottingham Cottage

Nottingham Cottage

Moving Out

When Harry and Meghan found out they were expecting a child, they decided to leave their current home and go somewhere larger. They felt Frogmore Cottage at Windsor was a good fit for their blossoming family.

Moving Out

Moving Out

Renovating The Cottage

Before Harry married Meghan, this is where he lived, aka bachelor pad heaven. When the couple moved in, extensive renovations were in order. The 2 bedroom home wouldn’t be sufficient for them just yet.

Renovating The Cottage

Renovating The Cottage

Lingering Animosity

Even after marrying and becoming pregnant, there was still a chill in the air around the royals. William and Harry had the same concerns, which made it even harder for the family. The tension kept building and it didn’t seem like it would end anytime soon.

Lingering Animosity

Lingering Animosity

Time To Chat

The reason for Harry and Meghan’s big move was finally revealed. There was tension between the family when Harry and Meghan began a courtship. William first wanted to speak to Harry about his future sister-in-law.

Time To Chat

Time To Chat

Apprehensive

While William saw how deeply in love his brother and Meghan were, he gave Harry some advice. Although he knew marriage was the next step for the couple, William told Harry to be patient and not to rush into anything. He was also apprehensive about how quickly they dove into this serious commitment.

Apprehensive

Apprehensive

Miffed

William tried to gently explain his concerns to Harry, but it seemed to backfire. A source said, “William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like.”

Miffed

Miffed

His Concerns

The royal court member said, “He just wanted to stress that becoming part of the Royal Family is a massive undertaking, and the pressure and scrutiny are unrelenting. Was Meghan the right one?”

His Concerns

His Concerns

Defending Her

Harry disagreed with William and was even angry at the jab from his big brother. Harry felt that he needed to stand up for Meghan, especially after handling the media, speculations from the public and her family.

Defending Her

Defending Her

Her Own Family

No one knew quite yet the reason for the Royal Family’s coldness toward Meghan. The royals weren’t the only people who disapproved however. Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, and half-sister, Samantha, also publicly criticized the relationship.

Her Own Family

Her Own Family

Theories Abound

Some people believe Meghan had been given the cold shoulder because of her past career as an actress, while others think it’s because she’s half-black. As we all know, everyone always has an opinion.

Theories Abound

Theories Abound

Despite Everything

Although it must be rather difficult, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan always stand strong when in public. You can see how much the couple adore one another and how united they are. Despite all of his worries, Meghan proved to William that she is as much a member of the family as anyone else.

Despite Everything

Despite Everything

His Fault

People claim that the fault lies solely on Harry. Sources explain, “He will brook no criticism of Meghan. And he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”

His Fault

His Fault

Protecting Her

When Diana was alive, the press criticized her for every move she made. One source said, “It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife.”

Protecting Her

Protecting Her

Another Reason

With all of the tension, the Queen’s decision to choose Harry as the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth only added to the mix. It has been said that William was hurt that he was overlooked for the job. However, he could have easily vetoed the appointment, but he chose not to.

Another Reason

Another Reason

Confirmation

Many believe that the press is the reason for all of the drama, and that it actually doesn’t exist. But then Harry, Meghan, Kate and William were asked on Live TV whether they ever get into disagreements. The awkward moment of silence was followed up by William’s answer, “Oh yes.”

Confirmation

Confirmation

Tension

After William answered, both couples giggled nervously. The commentators then asked if the feuds get resolved. Harry answered, “We don’t know.” From then on it was clear to all that the brother’s relationship had been affected.

Tension

Tension

The Duchesses

When it came to the wives, Kate and Meghan, the tensions only escalatad. Meghan hoped the Duchess of Cambridge would become a good friend, but too bad that wasn’t the case.

The Duchesses

The Duchesses

Tight Schedule

Kate must not have gotten the memo that she should guide Meghan along the way. She was pregnant with Louis at the time, so who can really blame her. Kate is quite the busy woman with royal duties and 3 kids to chase after. With such a busy schedule, it only makes sense she didn’t have time for Meghan. However, that didn’t diminish Meghan’s feelings of rejection.

Tight Schedule

Tight Schedule

No Noble Blood

Reporters are still curious if tension does in fact exist between the women. Did they dislike each other, or were they good friends? Both Kate and Meghan were quite average women before joining the royal bloodline, now they’re front and center.

No Noble Blood

No Noble Blood

Meghan And Kate

In 2017 on Christmas Day, Kate and Meghan made their first official appearance together.  The women joined the Windsors under very different circumstances, coming from opposite worlds entirely.

Meghan And Kate

Meghan And Kate

Privileged Background

Kate may not have been a royal before meeting William, but she did come from a very wealthy family. Kate’s parents were the successful owners of a party supply company. She went to school at the prestigious University of St. Andrews, where she met William!

Privileged Background

Privileged Background

Getting Married

After dating for several years, the couple wed in 2010. Their ceremony was dubbed “The Wedding of the Century” and one year later, Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan also did something big that year…she got married!

Getting Married

Getting Married

First Marriage

Meghan was an actress when she married Trevor Engelson, fellow actor-producer. Her career blossomed two years later, and that’s when the pair called it quits. Who knew that her next marriage would be to a royal!

First Marriage

First Marriage

Big Break

When Meghan started out, she was only cast for small roles and eventually became a suitcase girl on the game show Deal or No Deal. Then came the show Suits where she was cast as lawyer Rachel Zane. Her career took off and she hasn’t looked back since.

Big Break

Big Break

Going Great

It was 2016, and not only was working going well, but Meghan’s love life was heating up too! One day her friend set her up on a blind date with Prince Harry. It’s safe to say the rest is history.

Going Great

Going Great

Birthday Bash

Meghan was thrilled to be an attendee at Kate’s 35th birthday. It has yet to be confirmed, but we bet she made a royal impression on the family! She gifted Kate a dream journal.

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash

Another Royal Wedding

Slowly, Meghan and Kate got to know each other better. In 2018, the world tuned in to see Harry and Meghan tie the knot. This day not only started their lives as a couple, but it also was the first time a mixed-race non Brit joined the family!

Another Royal Wedding

Another Royal Wedding

Bumpy Beginnings

Was there space for two strong women next to William and Harry? The world looked on curiously to see if the two would hit it off. Insiders claim that they didn’t agree much in the begininng, but things changed.

Bumpy Beginnings

Bumpy Beginnings

Not Well

Kate was quite stressed both emotionally and physically during her pregnancy with Louis. She knew Meghan deserved more of her time, but was unable to give it to her at that moment.

Not Well

Not Well

Helping Each Other

Instead, Meghan took on the role of helper and aided Kate however she needed. Meghan guided Kate through diets she would recommend for pregnancy. That’s when Kate decided to help Meghan overcome a huge obstacle.

Helping Each Other

Helping Each Other

After That

This helped the women become even closer and changed their relationship forever. When their schedules didn’t conflict, they spent one-on-one time together. They ended up heading to Wimbledon for a weekend, just the two of them!

After That

After That

Professional Partners

They began to get to know each other on a personal level, instead of just professionally. Kate managed to find time to help Meghn maneuver her way around royal duties. William and Harry’s Royal Foundation Forum is a charity that Kate helps run. The Princess invitited Meghan to join her!

Professional Partners

Professional Partners

Admiring Her

This was a big step forward for both women. “She really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother” said a close source.

Admiring Her

Admiring Her

Living Away

As you are aware, Meghan and Harry decided to switch homes just before welcoming little Archie into the world. They left the rest of the royals behind and moved into their new home, Frogmore Cottage.

Living Away

Living Away

Remaining Close

After moving, Meghan and Kate would see much less of each other. We bet they still carve out time for one another, it’ll just be a bit harder now. As the kids grow up, they’ll also want the cousins to be close.

Remaining Close

Remaining Close

Helping Out

Kate and Meghan may not always agree, but they know how important it is to always help each other, no matter what. When marrying into a high-profile family, you must keep your friends close!

Helping Out

Helping Out

Not Easy

No one said being a royal would be easy, some actually claim it’s the hardest thing to do. Everything in your life is scrutinized, we mean everything. Meghan found out about this only after meeting Harry.

Not Easy

Not Easy

Blind Date

We know many famous romance stories that began like a fairytale. Harry and Meghan’s blind date may not be quite as romantic, but hey, she went out blindly with a royal! That’s pretty cool.

Blind Date

Blind Date

Not Prepared

Meghan said to BBC, “I didn’t know much about him, so the only thing I asked… was, ‘Well is he nice?’” At least Meghan had heard of Harry, the prince on the other hand had never even heard of her!

Not Prepared

Not Prepared

Dating

The couple hit it off quickly, Harry invited her to a charity trip to Africa a few weeks after! Harry later said, “It was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”

Dating

Dating

Coming To Light

The two kept their relationship private for a few months before the news later broke. In October of 2016, news got out that the actress and the prince were officially an item. A close friend recounted, “Harry had been desperate to keep the relationship quiet.”

Coming To Light

Coming To Light

Instagram Post

The very same day the papers read, “Harry and Meghan are a couple!”, Meghan posted this on her Instagram account. Was this the soon-to-be Princess’ way of confirming their relationship??

Instagram Post

Instagram Post

New Ballgame

The media was quick to find out every little thing about her, but good thing for Meghan, she was used to it. Too bad it was a completely different type of paparazzi she was familiar with.

New Ballgame

New Ballgame

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