Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton claims the late royal would have been ‘intimidated’ by daughter-in-law Meghan Markle – but says the pair would have bonded over mental health anguish
- Princess Diana would be ‘intimidated’ by Meghan Markle, biographer claimed
- Andrew Morton added they would have ‘bonded’ once Diana got to know her
- Said late royal may have approached Charles to work out how to reconcile sons
Princess Diana would be ‘intimidated’ by Meghan Markle, the late royal’s biographer has claimed.
Andrew Morton, who famously penned Princess Diana’s blockbuster biography in 1992, alleged Princess Diana would have been ‘taken aback on first meeting’ her daughter-in-law, The Duchess of Sussex, 39 – but added they would have bonded after Diana got to know her.
‘She would find the energetic American mesmerising and intimidating,’ he said, speaking to The Mirror. ‘Diana was desperate to be known for speeches, rather than fashions, and took lessons to learn how to deliver talks.
‘She would have been taken aback on first meeting Meghan, a force of nature able to speak with passion and precision – and all without notes.’
Princess Diana would be ‘taken aback and intimidated’ by Meghan Markle, the Princess of Wales’ biographer Andrew Morton has claimed. Pictured, Princess Diana arriving by car to watch a performance of the ballet ‘Swan Lake’ in June 1997 in London
During the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview (pictured), Prince Harry made reference to his relation with William amid reports the brothers had fallen out in the wake of Megxit
He added: ‘But as she got to know her and see the vulnerable side of a woman who suffered mental trauma during her first pregnancy – as did Diana – they would have bonded.’
The comments come just days before the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are expected to put any tensions aside for the poignant event on Thursday at Kensington Palace to mark what would have been their late mother’s 60th birthday.
During an explosive two-hour CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey which aired in March, Prince Harry made reference to his relation with William amid reports the brothers had fallen out in the wake of Megxit.
Prince Harry told the talk show host: ‘As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. ‘We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths.
According to Andrew Morton, Princess Diana would have been ‘concerned’ about the rift between her sons Prince William and Prince Harry and would have worked on reuniting them.
Pictured, Princess Diana with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry during a holiday with the Spanish royal family at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, August 1987
The princess loved to walk in the palace gardens and would often stop to chat to the staff. Pictured, the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
He claimed: ‘She always saw Harry as the reliable wingman for William, for when he took on the lonely position of Sovereign.
‘She may well have approached Charles to work out how to reconcile the two brothers.’
Plans for the unveiling ceremony on Thursday have been dramatically scaled back due to the pandemic with just a handful of guests – the estranged princes themselves and Spencer relatives – in attendance.
There will also be just one pool reporter and broadcaster able to attend.
Harry and William will make separate speeches as they pay tribute to their mother’s legacy.
They will also thank sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley for creating the statue, which has been in progress since 2017.
Is it still not known whether the Duchess of Cambridge will join her husband for the event.