Meghan Markle, 38, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, reportedly had their first meeting in January 2018, only four months before Meghan married Prince Harry in a lavish ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Now a new royal biography, titled Finding Freedom and written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, has shed a light on what Meghan did to break the ice with her future sister-in-law.
According to the authors, Meghan bought the Duchess of Cambridge a gift.
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.”
The leather-bound Smythson notebooks rage from £39 to £225 and comes in different sizes and designs.
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According to reports, Kate “loved” the journal Meghan gave her.
Not long after Meghan and Harry got engaged, the couple spoke to BBC’s Mishal Husain about meeting each other’s family.
In the interview, which took place in November 2017, the couple revealed several meetings prior to her engagement announcement.
The American former actress 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.”
Prince Harry was also asked about introducing Meghan to his father and brother.
The Duke of Sussex said: “It was exciting. I’d been seeing her for a period of time where I couldn’t tell anyone at all and William was longing to meet her, and so was Catherine… so you know, being our neighbours, we managed to get that in quite a few times now and Catherine has been absolutely…”
Interrupting Prince Harry, Meghan added: “she’s been wonderful”.
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The Duke of Sussex added: “Amazing, as has William as well.”
Buying gifts for royals can be hard, as they likely have exactly what they need.
Royal expert Robert Jobson has said “touchingly for people who have everything, the royals tend to buy each other jokey things.”
Kate has confessed she struggled to find a suitable gift for the Queen ahead of their first Christmas together at Sandringham.
However, the Duchess of Cambridge is thought to have adjusted to the tradition quickly and once bought Prince Harry a ‘Grow Your Own Girlfriend’ kit.
When picking a gift for William, Harry is said to have gifted a comb to poke fun at his hair loss.
Kate gave the Queen some homemade chutney on her first Christmas in the family.
Speaking in a documentary for the Queen’s 90th birthday, Kate said: “I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas.
And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?’
“I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents and I thought, ‘I’ll make her something,’ which could have gone horribly wrong.
“But I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney.”