Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton had 'mutual respect' but Harry and William would 'never hesitate' to argue

MEGHAN Markle and Kate Middleton treated each other with "mutual respect" – but Prince Harry and William would "never hesitate" to argue, a new book claimed today.

The duchesses were "cool professionals" – with the explosive Battle of Brothers claiming friction between the couples had instead flared when Prince William flagged concerns over the speed of Meghan and Harry's relationship.

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In an excerpt of the biography released in the Daily Mail today, it was claimed the duchess had "got on rather well" from the start.

Author Robert Lacey claimed: "They might not be best-buddy material, but they found themselves, sister-outsiders in their extraordinary royal situation, and both of them cool professionals, treating each other with mutual respect.

"Each was far too canny to make an enemy of a prospective sister-in-law – it only made sense to be friends."

Instead, the author claimed the "fundamental conflict" was between Harry, 36, and William, 38, as they had "never hesitated to tell each other exactly what they thought and felt".

Battle of Brothers also claims…

  • The Queen had a secret plan for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to live in Africa for a year
  • Prince William enraged Harry by asking uncle to stop him rushing into marriage with Meghan
  • Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton treated each other with 'mutual respect'
  • Prince Harry had a 'classic explosion' after butting heads with Prince William
  • William was so angry at Prince Harry over how he handled Megxit that he 'unbrothered' him
  • Palace insiders thought Meghan's ITV Africa interview was 'miserably self-indulgent'

A number of friends reportedly told the author that William questioned his younger brother over his romance with Meghan.

And William was so concerned that he went to his uncle Charles Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, for help, it was claimed.

But the move angered Harry – who was alleged to have become furious with the future king for dragging other family members into the row.

According to Battle Of The Brothers the tiff led to the brother’s continuing “fraternal fissure”.

Among William's frustrations were claims that Harry and Meghan had given the palace just ten minutes' notice over their announcement to quit the Royal Family.

Wills was distraught when they announced in January they were quitting for a life in Canada.

And while he reportedly agreed to keep things civil at the Sandringham Summit, which hammered out the first details of the Megxit deal, he was unwilling to go any further, according to the book.

The author also claimed the couples had been "good actors" during their first appearance together at a Royal Foundation Forum in early 2018.

When quizzed over if the family had disagreements, Prince William replied "yes" while Harry described them as "healthy".

The younger prince then admitted disagreements came "so thick and fast".

Meghan and Harry are now living in the US after quitting the Royal Family earlier this year.

The couple, who bought a home in Santa Barbara, have started charity works while living there with baby Archie.

Meanwhile, Kate and William have started to conduct in person royal engagements in the UK after the coronavirus lockdown.

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