Not a day goes by where a piece of Royal drama isn't thrust into the news cycle. But, most of the time the stories are just speculative, often quoting unnamed sources "close" to the family - and royal fans know that drama within the inner circle is almost never addressed publicly.
A new book, Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary To Meghan Markle by Tom Quinn, aims to shed a light on what happens behind-the-scenes at Kensington Palace. For the book, Quinn interviewed many former staffers from Kensington Palace, including some who worked at the royal residence when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were living there together before their royal wedding.
According to an excerpt from the book published by the Daily Mail, sources described the differences that led Meghan to clash with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, and explained the "incident" that eventually led to the Sussexes' decision to move to Windsor and split their household from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's.
"Kate is actually one of the nicest royals, and she hasn't let life in her extremely grand apartment at Kensington go to her head, or at least not too much," one palace insider said. "She is nice to her staff, in the main, and she was very warm towards Meghan when she arrived."
According to the source, Meghan struggled with jealousy about her and Harry's position relative to that of Kate and her husband, Prince William.
"I think she has found that difficult to deal with," the insider continued. "And although Harry loved their cottage in the grounds, Meghan was conscious that it was tiny in comparison to the vast apartment complex where Kate and William live."
Another source, identified as a former palace servant, detailed an incident that led the Fab Four to split their households.
"Kate was horrified when Meghan shouted at a member of her staff, that was definitely the beginning of discussions about leaving Kensington Palace," the source explained. "Like many people not used to dealing with servants, Meghan overdoes the imperiousness; so on the one hand she wants to be like Diana, a people's princess, and on the other she wants people to stand to attention when she clicks her fingers."
Another insider from Kensington Palace believes that Meghan's behaviour was a result of the treatment she received joining the British royal family.
"There are the more reactionary elements in the Royal Family who do look down on her, and she knows it," the source said. "This makes her overreact sometimes—she doesn't have Kate's assured way of dealing with people."
The full book will be released on May 14.