A royal biographer has recounted an episode where Prince Harry was reportedly criticized by his circle for introducing Meghan Markle to them at an early stage in their relationship.
The incident unfolded as Prince Harry, eager to blend his old life with his impending future, arranged for Meghan to join a traditional shooting weekend at Sandringham, a staple social event among the royals and their acquaintances. According to Tom Bower’s book, “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors,” the gathering did not go as Harry might have hoped.
In the book, Bower narrates that Prince Harry was excited for a weekend filled with camaraderie and revelry, but did not foresee Meghan’s reaction to his friends’ humor and banter during dinner, which reportedly did not sit well with her values.
The duchess’s assertive stance on certain jokes and topics led to some of Harry’s friends sending bemused and critical messages among themselves post-event. Texts reportedly described Meghan as a “total nightmare” and expressed disbelief at Harry’s choice, with one text blatantly calling him “f*****g nuts.”
Bower suggests that the guests, many being old Etonians and their partners who shared similar backgrounds, were taken aback by what they perceived as Meghan’s lack of humor and her challenge to their “politically incorrect” jesting.
Angela Levin, in her book “Harry: Conversations with the Prince,” also touches upon the shift in Prince Harry’s social dynamics, noting his gradual withdrawal from long-standing friends who harbored doubts about his burgeoning relationship with Meghan. This included Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip, Harry’s companion during several high-profile escapades, who, along with others, was considered a less-than-ideal influence on the prince in his younger years.