When Prince Harry introduced his new girlfriend Meghan Markle, the American is said not to have been well received by all his friends. That’s now emerging from a new book about the feud between brothers Harry and William.
Getting to know the friends of the new partner is usually an exciting undertaking. So probably also for Meghan Markle, when she met Prince Harry’s buddy from the elite school Eton at the beginning of her relationship.
Journalist and author Tom Bower describes the first encounter in his new book “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors”, from which the “Daily Mail” quotes.
Duchess Meghan: First meeting with Harry’s friends in 2016
It is said to have happened in 2016 when Prince Harry allegedly invited 16 school friends to Sandringham for a shooting meet. Also present: his new girlfriend Meghan. “As with other shooting weekends, Harry was looking forward to endless banter, jokes – and a lot of alcohol. He did not expect Meghan’s reaction,” writes Bower in his book.
The author claims to have found out that Markle reacted with shock to his friends’ sexist jokes. She is said to have challenged any of her friends who cracked sexist or anti-feminist “jokes”. “She lacked any sense of humor. As we drove home after Sunday lunch, the lyrics flitted back and forth between the cars: ‘Oh my god, what about her?’ one said. ‘Harry must be totally insane ‘” Bower quoted the friends as saying.
Before Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, she campaigned for gender equality and women’s rights in the United Nations. However, she has been politically active since her childhood. At just eleven years old, the now 40-year-old campaigned for equal rights. When she saw an advertisement for a washing-up liquid, the student at the time immediately noticed the sexist tone of the advertisement.
Meghan fought sexism from an early age
“Women across America are fighting greasy pots and pans,” the ad said. After seeing the clip on TV, the future ‘Suits’ star wrote a letter to the company behind the laundry detergent, Procter and Gamble, and then First Lady Hillary Clinton. “I don’t think it’s right when children grow up thinking that everything is their mother’s responsibility,” she said.
“So I was wondering if it would be possible to change the ad to say, ‘People across America are fighting dirty pots and pans.’ In fact, the company changed the slogan and Markle was invited to a talk show after she also pointed out the slogan to the show’s host. A video of her performance can still be found online today.
So it should come as no surprise that she reacted annoyed to possibly sexist jokes from Harry’s friends.
Those: “Daily Mail”
Video from 1993: That’s how cool Meghan Markle fought for equality on TV at the age of eleven