Prince Harry Was Embarrassed That Meghan Markle Announced Pregnancy on This Special Royal Occasion, New Book Claims

A new book claims that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex embarrassed Prince Harry when she announced her pregnancy on an important occasion — Princess Eugenie’s wedding day. The timing reportedly didn’t go over well with other royal members of the royal family either, with the book claiming that Eugenie’s mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, was “furious.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet the public at Sydney Opera House on October 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia
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Prince Harry was reportedly embarrassed

In the book Royals At War, authors Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett claim that Meghan shared that she was pregnant during Princess Eugenie’s wedding day — and it’s common knowledge that nothing should detract from the bride or her big day. Meghan reportedly spilled the beans about their pregnancy on October 12, 2018 while the family was celebrating Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding.

“Later on at the reception 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 explained. “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.”

“Harry would have been only too painfully aware just how big a no-no this would be, yet he went along with Meghan’s wishes,” the authors wrote.

The authors also claimed that Meghan’s poor etiquette left Prince Harry “embarrassed.”      

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Prince Harry and Meghan made an official announcement

Of course, royal fans heard the happy news of Meghan’s pregnancy when she and Prince Harry were set to embark on a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand on October 15, 2018.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” their announcement read.

Some fans were a bit hard on the couple for making their public announcement so close to Eugenie’s wedding, however. “If Harry and Meghan did actually tell the royal family about their baby at Eugenie’s wedding on Friday, that’s pretty shady,” one person tweeted.

It’s unclear if the book authors’ claims are correct about the timing of the announcement, but a source told BAZAAR.com that the Sussexes did not make the announcement at the wedding.

The insider shared that members of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Eugenie and Jack knew of the pregnancy ahead of the wedding and it was the first occasion that they could congratulate the Sussexes in person.

Was Sarah upset?

Rumors swirled when Sarah, Duchess of York tweeted a photo of her wedding outfit — at the same time that Prince Harry and Meghan formally announced to the world that they were expecting. Was she upset with the timing of their announcement?

Sarah’s tweet included a thank you to the designer of the outfit she wore to her daughter’s wedding as well as other tweets that day about Eugenie and Jack. She did not mention Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby news, however.