Daily uk news Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook to 'break the ice' and 'cooed over 20-month-old Princess Charlotte' when the pair first met, new biography claims MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - In Finding Freedom, which is released next week, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say The Duchess of Cambridge loved the book from her future sister-in-law.

Daily uk news Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook to 'break the ice' and 'cooed over 20-month-old Princess Charlotte' when the pair first met, new biography claims MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - In Finding Freedom, which is released next week, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say The Duchess of Cambridge loved the book from her future sister-in-law.

Daily uk news  Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook to 'break the ice' and 'cooed over 20-month-old Princess Charlotte' when the pair first met, new biography claims MetiNews.Com
02 August 2020 - 11:56

Breaking News ! Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook the first time the pair met to help break the ice, according to the new bombshell biography about the Sussexes.In Finding Freedom, which is released next week, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say The Duchess of Cambridge loved the book from her future sister-in-law which she was gifted in January 2017.They wrote: 'Meghan bought a present for the duchess, who had celebrated her birthday just a day earlier. 'The soft leather Smythson notebook helped to break the ice, as did Meghan's cooing over then 20-month-old Charlotte.'Kate is currently staying at Amner Hall in Norfolk with Prince William and the couple's children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. Meanwhile, Meghan is living in her native Los Angeles with Prince Harry and their son Archie, one.   Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Symthson notebook the first time the pair met to help break the ice, according to the new bombshell biography about the Sussexes. The pair are pictured together on Christmas Day 2018 at Sandrinham in NorfolkThe Duchess of Cambridge was spotted carrying her speech notes in a monogrammed Smythson of Bond Street folder as she attended the 'Back to Nature' Festival at RHS Wisley in Saptember last year, but it's not known if this was the stationery item gifted by Meghan.Smythson notebooks seem to be a go-to for the Duchess of Sussex; in August 2019, Meghan sent personalised thank you gifts to British Vogue contributors who helped her on the issue of the fashion bible which she guest edited. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Dad-of-three transforms 'tired' interior of his 2009... Happy holidays! Princess Charlene of Monaco shares adorable... Prince William correctly predicted the FA Cup final score... Frenchic founder reveals she gambled her £15,000 pension... Share this article Share The Duchess sent her writers a personalised black leather notebook engraved with 'Forces For Change'.And it appears the upmarket quintessentially British brand, founded in 1887 by Frank Smythson, has become a popular stationery and accessories choice for royals. The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted carrying her speech notes in a Smythson of Bond Street folder as she attended the 'Back to Nature' Festival at RHS Wisley in Surrey in SeptemberAs well as Kate's book, which was engraved with a gold monogrammed 'C' complete with a crown, Smythson has long been a favoured brand among the upper echelons of high society. Its brightly-coloured, hand-embossed diaries, notecards and travel wallets are beloved by the likes of Madonna, Dame Helen Mirren and Samantha Cameron - who was once an adviser to the company. The brand holds three Royal Warrants, a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years, and who have an ongoing trading arrangement.  The team at social enterprise Luminary Bakery received a handwritten letter from Meghan alongside a black leather notebook emblazoned with 'Forces For Change', both pictured after her issue of Vogue in 2019 Kate, 38, was seen carrying a navy leather folder, engraved with a gold monogrammed 'C' complete with a crown, at the horticultural event last summerThe company's first shop was opened in 1887 by Frank Smythson, a silversmith by training, on New Bond Street.It supplied London society with high-class stationery, but it was the featherweight diaries that really made Smythson's name.The calf leather Panama Diary was created in 1906, and has been a bestseller ever since.Katharine Hepburn and Grace Kelly had Smythson diaries - Hepburn's was stamped with 'London, New York, California' in gold. Meghan apparently won Kate over by 'breaking the ice' with Princess Charlotte by cooing over her when she was 20-months-old. Kate and Charlotte are pictured at Harry and Meghan's weddingSamantha Cameron, then the firm's creative director, launched the 'Nancy' and 'Daphne' models in 2007.Smythson was bought in April 2005 by a group of prominent City figures for some £15.8million, by which point Samantha had worked her way up to the company's creative director. Despite rumoured rifts between the Sussexes and Cambridges, Meghan and Kate initially seemed to hit it off.Speaking about meeting each other's family during Harry and Meghan's engagement interview with the BBC in November 2017, Meghan said: 'His family has been so welcoming. The family has been great and over the past year and a half we've just had a really nice time getting to know them and progressively helping me feel a part of not just the institution but also part of the family, which has been really special.'   In Finding Freedom, which is released next week, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say The Duchess of Cambridge loved the book from her future sister-in-law which she was gifted in January 2017In the book, Scobie and Duran claim relations between the Sussexes and the Cambridges grew so bitter that by March 2020 the couples were barely speaking. Scobie and Duran say they have spoken to more than 100 sources including 'close friends of Harry and Meghan's, royal aides and palace staff (past and present)', with all the information in the book having 'at least two sources.' The Duke and Duchess deny giving any interviews or contributing to the book directly, but the intimate nature of some details raises questions over who the sources were. The explosive biography has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'hurt' the Queen by unilaterally mapping out their future royal roles without her approval. Her Majesty is said to have been 'blindsided' by the launch of the SussexRoyal website which accompanied their Megxit announcement in January.  There are also fears the book's publication could spark a fresh rift within the Royal Family.The Duke of Sussex, who now lives in Los Angeles with Meghan and their son Archie after the couple stepped down as working royals, made no mention of the book's publication when he spoke at a virtual summit this week. Finding Freedom: The bombshell revelations from Harry and Meghan's biography Harry and William fell out, when Duke of Sussex branded older brother a 'snob'Prince Harry took offence when his 'snobby' brother cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan Markle. Harry took offence when William told him: 'Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.'Harry is said to have considered the choice of the words 'this girl' to be condescending.'In those last two words, 'this girl', Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world,' claims the book. 'During his ten-year career in the military, outside the Royal bubble, he had learnt not to make snap judgments about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or profession.' Prince Harry took offence when his 'snobby' brother cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan Markle. Pictured: The brothers with Meghan Markle and Kate Middle at Westminster Abbey in 2018Meghan was disappointed Kate never reached out Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends - while the Duchess of Sussex was 'disappointed' she never reached out to her or visited. The Duchesses 'struggled to move past distance politeness' and had 'nothing in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace', according to the authors of Finding Freedom.In one particularly awkward encounter when Meghan was dating Harry, Kate went alone in her Range Rover on a shopping trip - despite the fact Meghan was also going to the same street.The lack of any friendship between the pair was confirmed in 2018 when the Sussexes announced they wanted to base their family at Windsor.Despite this frostiness, Meghan felt hurt at newspaper stories of the 'duelling duchesses' and was angry at the failure of the palace press office to correct them. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends - while the Duchess of Sussex was 'disappointed' she never reached out to her or visited. The pair are pictured at Wimbledon together in 2018Courtiers branded Meghan Markle a 'showgirl with lots of baggage' and said 'there's something about her I don't trust' A courtier in the Royal Household has said 'there is something I don't trust' about Meghan Markle, the book claims.The book, Finding Freedom, claims as soon as Meghan was introduced to members of the Royal Household, tensions emerged.One source claimed: 'She comes with a lot of baggage.' Another suggested: There's just something about her I don't trust.

.Before arriving in the capital she had also told a confidant that she'd be happy for 'a nice English gentleman to flirt with' while promoting Suits in Britain.During that first date at London's Dean Street Townhouse the couple spent three hours in conversation, Harry drinking beer and Meghan sipping martinis. Harry was said to be 'in a trance' and had told himself: 'I've got to up my game here' when trying to impress the LA-born actress.The book says: 'Meghan had enough dating experience to know a charmer when she saw one, and Harry was obviously not at all that' - adding the couple were 'immediately obsessed' with each other and bonded over their joint 'passions for wanting to make change for good'. The biography describes in detail the couple's first date in Soho, London, which went so well that Meghan later confided in a friend: 'Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?'. The couple are pictured in MarchAccording to one friend quoted in the book, Harry and Meghan 'chatted a lot' but the evening, like the night before, ended chastely, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace despite their 'electric chemistry'.Describing how they flirted throughout, the authors said: 'A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.'The pair had now met just twice but Harry already knew 'they would be together at that point', a friend said, adding of Meghan: 'She was ticking every box fast.' Meghan, who was in London visiting, documented much of her trip on social media.The night out was so successful the second date the following night at the same venue where they are said to have sneaked in via a side door, hidden from view by a delivery truck bringing in produce and fresh fish from Billingsgate Market. Prince Harry was the first to say 'I love you' in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were 'immediately obsessed' with each other. They are pictured in March this yearOne trusted waiter was asked to serve them the entire evening to keep it private.According to one friend quoted in the book, Harry and Meghan ‘chatted a lot’ but the evening, like the night before, ended chastely, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace despite their ‘electric chemistry’.Describing how they flirted throughout, the authors said: ‘A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.’The pair had now met just twice but Harry already knew ‘they would be together at that point’, a friend said, adding of Meghan: ‘She was ticking every box fast.’ Meghan, who was in London visiting, documented much of her trip on social media.Harry was the first to say 'I love you'   Prince Harry was the first to say 'I love you' in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were 'immediately obsessed' with each other.Meghan's necklace controversyMeghan Markle was left 'frustrated and emotional' after a palace aide 'scolded' her for wearing a necklace with the initials H and M before she and Prince Harry were engaged, according to Finding Freedom. The former Suits star, 38, was spotted wearing the personalised £184 14 karat gold chain by Los Angeles-based designer Maya Brenner - believed to have been a gift from the prince - while out shopping in Toronto in December 2016.The bold move was seen as an early indication of the seriousness of their relationship - a month after the news of their love affair emerged. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex later announced their engagement in November 2017.  The former Suits star, 38, was spotted wearing the personalised chain - believed to have been a gift from the prince - while out shopping in TorontoAccording to a source close to the couple, following the publication of the images Meghan received a dressing down from a palace aide.'She was advised that wearing such a necklace only served to encourage the photographers to keep pursuing such images — and new headlines,' they said.Prince Harry was REFUSED Queen's offer of a trial period' that would have allowed him and Meghan Markle to return to the fold 12 months after Megxit Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit, The review was insisted upon by courtiers and other royals, with the Queen keen to let Harry know he could return to the fold if he changed his mind. However, the Duke of Sussex was keen to make a 'clean break' and had to be persuaded to agree to the trial period.  A source said: 'He was adamantly opposed to the review process.' Harry is thought to have been against the idea because it came from 'the institution' and he feared that a review would lessen the impact of their departure, allowing the media to write they could return. Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit. Meghan is pictured with the Queen in June 2018 Harry believed the 'old guard' at Buckingham Palace disliked Meghan and wanted to make her life difficult. That belief is thought to have fuelled his desire to not include a review option in Megxit.   Harry 'ditched an old friend for criticising Meghan' The Duke of Sussex was so 'incandescent' with rage at the racist abuse Meghan Markle received after their relationship went public that he ditched an old friend for gossiping about her.Harry was shocked at the reception given to his new girlfriend by his social circle and the wider public, according to Finding Freedom.He was especially concerned about ‘the ugliness of racism...both unconscious and intentional’.Charles didn't know about Harry's press statement Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry's new girlfriend.But it's release coincided with Prince Charles' tour in the Middle East, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall having arrived in Bahrain to meet the country's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.The palace decided to go ahead with the statement, much of it drafted by Harry himself. Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry's new girlfriend, upsetting Charles who didn't know about the statement until 20 minutes before. Pictured: Prince Harry and Prince William walk behind Charles, and the Queen at Westminster Abbey. Also pictured: Duchesses of Cornwall (front), Cambridge (middle) and Sussex (back)His father only learnt of the statement 20 minutes before it was released and, unsurprisingly, it soon dominated the news cycle.Prince Charles and his team were left crushed and disappointed, though Charles also understood the intervention was a necessary one.However, the episode only served to prove that Harry felt the need to prioritise the woman he loved over duty to the royal family. Harry had a  secret Instagram accountHarry used the username SpikeyMau5, inspired by Canadian DJ Deadmau5, before freezing the account after his relationship with the former Suits star emerged in October 2016.The private Instagram profile had a mouse-shaped helmet for a picture - but piqued attention from Meghan's legions of fans when she became just one of two people following it four years ago just after the couple had a blind date at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho. The 'Spikey' element of its name came from the code word used by Scotland Yard officers guarding the Duke of Sussex 24/7.Harry and Meghan's £1500 a night camping trip Six weeks after their first date, Harry took Meghan to Botswana where the pair stayed in £1,500-a-night tents.A friend is quoted as saying: ‘She came back smiling and just completely spellbound.’ Meghan’s phone was also said to be full of photos, including selfies of her and Harry.‘I’ve never felt that safe that close to someone in such a short amount of time,’ she reportedly told a friend.They continued their relationship in secret with Harry flying out to Canada to spend time with her.But the authors said that ever since the couple’s trip to Africa, ‘their romance had been on a fast track’.‘Technically the getaway was just their third date but by then, they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a for ever thing,’ a friend said. The biography also claims: - Meghan used to tip off the paparazzi when working as an actress in Canada, despite her later going on to claim she didn't understand the 'tabloid culture'.Meghan's friends claimed she endured prejudice from the royal household, with a senior staff member overheard telling a colleague: 'There's just something about her I just don't trust.'   Harry felt 'unprotected' by his family and disparaged within palace walls for being 'too sensitive and outspoken'.Senior courtiers in other households felt that the global popularity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex 'needed to be reined in',A tearful Meghan told friends about their decision to quit royal duties: 'I gave up my entire life for this family.' adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement

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Daily uk news Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook to 'break the ice' and 'cooed over 20-month-old Princess Charlotte' when the pair first met, new biography claims MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook to 'break the ice' and 'cooed over 20-month-old Princess Charlotte' when the pair first met, new biography claims MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook to 'break the ice' and 'cooed over 20-month-old Princess Charlotte' when the pair first met, new biography claims MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news Meghan Markle gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook to 'break the ice' and 'cooed over 20-month-old Princess Charlotte' when the pair first met, new biography claims MetiNews.Com

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