Meghan Markle Bought Kate Middleton Bracelet After Flower Girl Dispute—Book

Meghan Markle bought Kate Middleton a thank you bracelet despite a dispute over bridesmaids in which tears were shed, according to a biography.

The two sisters-in-law had a disagreement at a dress fitting for the "flower girls" ahead of the royal wedding in 2018.

British newspapers ran stories in November that year suggesting Meghan had made Kate cry.

However, Meghan told Oprah the reverse was true and that Kate had apologized, acknowledging she was at fault.

Morton wrote: "The spat concerning the bridesmaids' outfits now behind them, Meghan had since given Kate and her six closest friends gold bracelets designed by Californian jeweler Lisette Polny as a thank-you for their help and support.

"It was an elegant peace offering, both women professional enough to know that there was no gain in showing dissent or disdain."

Meghan told Oprah the media stories were correct about the subject of the incident—the flower girls—but wrong in suggesting she made Kate cry.

She said in the March CBS prime time special: "A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining—yes, the issue was correct—about flower-girl dresses, and it made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings.

"And I thought, in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding, that it didn't make sense to not be just doing whatever everyone else was doing, which was trying to be supportive, knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot."

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle at Tennis
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle in the Royal Box on Centre Court at Wimbledon on July 13, 2019, in London. The two sisters-in-law clashed over flower girl dresses. Karwai Tang/Getty Images

At the time, Meghan's father had been outed for staging photos with the paparazzi for money and pulled out of the wedding following a heart attack.

Morton wrote: "A stressed Meghan, humiliated over her father's behavior, was accused of leaving Kate, herself emotional following the birth of Louis, in tears.

"The spat apparently concerned Princess Charlotte's dress and the weighty question as to whether or not the flower girls should wear tights or go bare-legged.

"Kate felt that Charlotte, then three, and the other five girls should follow tradition and protocol and wear tights. Meghan demurred.

"Words were said, tears were shed, the two women, who enjoyed a brittle relationship at the best of times, parting in high dudgeon. Meghan's story, however, was diametrically opposite to the whispers inside the palace."

He added: "Whoever was at a fault, it was clear that there was little love lost between these two high-profile royals."

Meghan told Oprah that the media stories were "when everything changed" and triggered a wave of negative publicity.

She said the criticism she received ultimately left her experiencing suicidal thoughts, which she told Harry about two months later in January 2019.