A pregnant Kate Middleton had concerns about the fact Prince Harry had not met his in-laws prior to his wedding, according to a royal biographer.
Ingrid Seward, editor in chief of Majesty Magazine, claims the Duchess of Cambridge was worried that Meghan appeared embarrassed about her family.
Such issues were thrust into the spotlight when Harry brought his then fiancé to William and Kate’s Norfolk home Amner Hall following their engagement.
All went well during the stay, with the Cambridges heaping praise on Meghan for playing with George and Charlotte and joining in with the family.
But when Harry said his nearest and dearest were like “the family (Meghan) never had” when he guest edited Radio 4’s Today programme, understandably, the prince’s words upset his soon-to-be-in-laws.
Kate, who was pregnant with Louis, was also said to be concerned about Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the Markles.
Ms Seward told The Sun : “She could not understand why Harry had never met his future father-in-law, nor why Meghan, who Harry assured was The One and ‘ticked all his boxes’, appeared embarrassed about her family and unwilling to speak about them apart from her mother.”
The royal writer said it was “all a bit worrying” for the Duchess of Cambridge.
When the big day finally came only one member of Meghan’s family, her mother Doria Ragland, attended the wedding, leaving the bride to walk down the aisle with her father-in-law Prince Charles.
In the years since Meghan’s relationship with her mum has remained strong, with Doria helping to look after Archie at their California home.
According to one royal source, she will even provide support when her daughter gives birth this summer.
“Doria will be there at the birth with Meghan and Harry,” an insider told Closer, noting the royal mum likes the idea of having an at-home birth but will most likely deliver her baby in a hospital.
Meghan does not enjoy such a close relationship with other members of her family however.
The day after her interview with Oprah Winfrey, dad Thomas Markle accused the couple of not caring “if I died” when he had a heart attack.
He has never met their son Archie and delivered a letter to Oprah’s house asking to be interviewed by the chat-show queen.
Support has also not been forthcoming for Meghan from her half-sister Samantha.
After the duchess opened up about her mental health struggles, the relative blasted her pregnant sibling and said her depression was no excuse for her behaviour.
She told Inside Edition : “Depression is not an excuse for treating people like dishrags and disposing of them.
She then went on to tell TMZ that she thought the Duke and Duchess would end up divorced.
On the other end of things, Meghan’s cousin Thomas Dooley has been very defensive of his relative.
He apologised for remarks his father Thomas Jnr had made about the Duchess, saying she was “hot stuff”, and for the fact his dad was arrested and charged for holding a gun to his girlfriend’s head in a row.
In an exclusive interview with the Mirror, Thomas, 26, says: “My dad and aunt are crazy. I feel terrible for Meghan.
“Me and my brother Tyler have nothing to do with our dad. His behaviour since Meghan began dating Prince Harry has been completely appalling.
“I want people to know I have nothing to do with it and just apologise to her.
“It’s just a shame her own family are making up stories about her.”
Relations have also frayed between the Cambridges and the Sussexes, with Meghan and Harry sitting down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.