Meghan Markle’s Pregnancy Announcement Sparked Anger and Outrage Within the Royal Family, New Book Claims

It’s been several months since Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced that they were “stepping back” as senior members of the royal family. Speculation continues to swirl about why they stepped down with many royal watchers pointing to a rift between the couple and members of Harry’s family as the reason for their decision. Now, a new book is examining some of those reported feuds and claiming that one occurred after Meghan and Harry announced that they were expecting their first child.

Read on to find out why the book’s authors say the prince’s family was so angry over the announcement.

Meghan Markle
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When Meghan and Harry announced they were having a baby

Meghan and Harry shared the news that they were expecting with the rest of the world not long after they told the royal family in 2018.

It’s been reported that the pair shared the news with many members of the family when they got together at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Oct. 12, 2018. The public announcement was made just a few days later as the duke and duchess embarked on their royal tour to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji.

Book claims the timing sparked anger from some royals

The new book titled Royals at War by journalists Andy Tillett and Dylan Howard claims that the timing of Harry and Meghan’s baby announcement caused outrage within the family.

 Meghan Markle and Princess Anne
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According to the authors, some royals were concerned that Meghan became pregnant so quickly after her May 2018 wedding to “ensure her connection with the family was now irrevocable and ceding even more power to her.”

Tillett and Howard added that many of their relatives were also upset that the pair decided to tell everyone on Princess Eugenie’s special day.

“Meghan put her foot in it when she decided that it would be the ideal moment to announce that she and Harry were expecting their first child,” the authors wrote. “This was a huge social gaffe, even if you were not a royal–stealing the limelight from Eugenie, who was furious, as was her mother, Sarah.”

Claims such as these have been disputed in the past, however, with palace sources countering them and stating that Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and even Princess Eugenie all knew prior to the wedding.

Are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex planning to have more kids?

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

On May 6, 2019, Meghan gave birth to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. There have been constant rumors following his birth about when and if the couple is planning on having more children. Well, in September 2019, Harry confirmed that they would like to have another little one.

During an interview with British Vogue, the prince told conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall that he and his wife would have only two kids total to be kinder to the environment.

“I’ve always had a connection and a love for nature. I view it differently now, without question,” the duke said. “But I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children…”

“Not too many!” Dr. Goodall interjected to which Harry responded, “Two, maximum!”

No matter how Harry’s family felt about their announcement, the Sussexes’ fans were excited and that will likely be the case the next time they share baby news.

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