Meghan Markle and Prince Harry snubbed Queen's summer holiday 'as Archie was too young' – before jetting off to Spain

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry snubbed the Queen's summer holiday 'as Archie was too young' – before jetting off to Spain, it was claimed today.

Explosive biography claimed the rift between the couple and the Royal Family had widened when Prince William tried to speak to brother Harry about Meghan's upcoming Vogue issue.

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But the concerns sparked "another classic Harry explosion", Battle of Brothers claimed – followed by a "further, even deeper rift".

In an extract published by the Daily Mail, author Robert Lacey said: "Suddenly Harry, Meghan and Archie were no longer joining William, Kate and the other members of the Royal Family for their annual summer holiday with Grandma at Balmoral.

"The official excuse, conveyed straight-faced by the palace, was that at three months Archie was still too young for the air travel involved. But that didn't stop the Sussexes somehow managing to travel to Minorca for a week that August, and then taking Archie with them for a few days in the South of France with Elton John and his partner David Furnish.

"'The Côte d'Azur with Elton, but no Balmoral with Granny?' asked one former attendant to Elizabeth II. 'They seem to be getting their Queens mixed up.'"

Battle of Brothers also claims…

  • Prince William enraged Harry by asking uncle to stop him rushing into marriage with Meghan
  • Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton treated each other with 'mutual respect'
  • Prince Harry had a 'classic explosion' after butting heads with Prince William
  • Harry's ex Cressida Bonas thought he was 'damaged and self-obsessed'

Her Majesty always asks all her family to her Scottish estate for her two-month summer holiday.

But at the time, it was reported the couple declined the invite as Archie, then four-months-old, was too young.

William and Kate did go with their three children.

The Sussexes did not go in 2018 either as Meghan was in the early stages of her pregnancy.

It was just another incident in the deepening rift between the brothers – with it claimed William angered Prince Harry by asking their uncle Earl Spencer to stop him rushing into marriage with Meghan.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, reportedly called in Princess Di’s brother after “brusque” and “peppery reactions” to his own attempts to talk Harry round.

William is said to have turned to Charles Spencer, 56, — who walked with them and Prince Charles behind Diana’s coffin in 1997 — much to the annoyance of Harry, 36.

The book states: “The result of the Spencer intervention was an even more bitter explosion."

And despite reports that there had been friction between Meghan and Kate Middleton, author Lacey said it was Prince Harry and William who would "never hesitate" to argue.

Among William's frustrations were claims that Harry and Meghan had given the palace just ten minutes' notice over their announcement to quit the Royal Family.

Wills was distraught when they announced in January they were quitting for a life in Canada.

And while he reportedly agreed to keep things civil at the Sandringham Summit, which hammered out the first details of the Megxit deal, he was unwilling to go any further, according to the book.

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