Prince Harry has described how he was embarrassed to takeMeghan Markle to hisNottingham Cottage home because it was “no palace”.
The Duke of Sussex, writing in his memoirSpare, told of how he took the former Suits actress to the cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace, soon after they had started dating.
But the 38-year-oldroyal said that, despite the regal sounding nature of his home – dubbed “Nott Cott” – in reality it was not all that impressive.
Harry wrote: “I was excited to welcome Meg to my home, but also embarrassed. Nott Cott was no palace. Nott Cott was palace adjacent – that was the best you could say for it.”
The prince described how he watched Meghan walk up the garden path towards the cottage.
“To my relief she made no sign of dismay, gave no indication of disillusionment,” he wrote. “Until she got inside. Then she said something about a frat house.
“I glanced around. She wasn’t far off.”
In the book, Harry described how the cottage was built for “smaller people, humans of a bygone era” – adding that the rooms were “tiny” and the ceilings “doll’s house low”.
He went on: “I’d never noticed until then how shabby the furniture was. Brown sofa, browner beanbag chair. Meg paused before the beanbag.
"I know. I know."
After they were married in 2018, Harry and Meghan, 41, were gifted Nottingham Cottage by the lateQueen Elizabeth II. But the couple took a series of swipes at the home during their controversialNetflix documentary, leading to criticism from some viewers, including This Morning hostDermot O’Leary – who described their comments as"tone deaf".
Harry’s memoir, meanwhile, was officially released on Tuesday -with fans queuing to buy a hardback copy the second it hit shelves at midnight.
Two years on from the release of hiscontroversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, and just weeks after hisNetflix documentary series levelled a fresh round of damning claims against the monarchy, Spare has brought anew round of attacks on his family.
The Duke of Sussex does not hold back in the book – with criticism directed towards his brotherPrince William and step-motherQueen Consort Camilla – as well as fatherKing Charles and sister-in-lawKate Middleton.
In the book, Harry recalled the first meeting between William, 40, and Meghan, writing how his brother"recoiled" after the former actress went to hug him.
The Duke also revealed some gory details ofhis and William’s wild teen party nights at royal residence Highgrove house.
And in the book, Harry also accusedPrincess Diana’s former butlerPaul Burrell of“milking” her death when he released his book A Royal Duty in 2003.
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