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Prince Harry has claimed that his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate's 'stereotyping' of his wife Meghan meant she was not welcomed as a member of the Royal Family.
He said that there was a 'lot of stereotyping' of Meghan after she was introduced to the Royal Family, because she is an 'American actress, divorced, biracial', adding that even he was 'guilty' of it.
The ITV interview with Bradby is part of a publicity blitz for his bombshell memoir spare, which is being released on Tuesday but was leaked at the end of last week.
Prince Harry has claimed that his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate's 'stereotyping' of his wife Meghan meant she was not welcomed as a member of the Royal Family
The Duke of Sussex was speaking in tonight's interview with ITV's Tom Bradby
Harry and Bradby joked about how, after he introduced Meghan to his family, he discovered his family were fans of Suits, the show that she starred in during her time as an actress.
But he said it was 'fair' to say that, according to Bradby, 'almost from the get-go it's just that they don't get on.'
Asked why that was, he said: 'Lots of – lots of different reasons but I – look, as I again detail a lot, I had put a lot of hope in the idea that, you know, it'd be William and Kate and me and whoever.
'I thought the – you know, the four of us would, you know, bring me and William closer together, we could go out and do work together, um, which I did a lot as the third wheel to them, um, which was fun at times but also, I guess slightly awkward at times as well.
'But um yeah, I think – I don't think they were ever expecting me to get – or to become – to get into a relationship with – with someone like Meghan who had, you know, a very successful career.
He added: 'There was a lot of stereotyping that was happening, that I was guilty of as well, at the beginning.'
He said the 'stereotyping' of Meghan, in part by William and Kate, was causing a 'barrier' to his family, preventing them from 'welcoming her in.'
Asked what he meant, he said: 'Well, American actress, divorced, biracial, there's – there's all different parts to that and what that can mean but if you are, like a lot of my family do, if you are reading the press, the British tabloids, [Yeah] at the same time as living the life, then there is a tendency where you could actually end up living in the tabloid bubble rather than the actual reality.'
Harry and ITV's Tom Bradby joked about how, after he introduced Meghan to his family, he discovered his family were fans of Suits, the show that she starred in during her time as an actress. Above: Meghan in Suits
Prince Harry saw the Princess of Wales as the sister he 'never had' - but has accused his family of 'stereotyping' his wife Meghan Markle. Above: Harry stands next to Kate and his brother on the Buckingham Palace balcony in 2013
Harry said there was a 'lot of stereotyping' of Meghan after she was introduced to the Royal Family, because she is an 'American actress, divorced, biracial', adding that even he was 'guilty' of it. Above: Meghan introduces her and Harry's newborn son Archie to the Queen, Prince Philip and her mother Doria Ragland in 2019
Meghan was previously married to American TV producer Trevor Engelson for three years from 2011 until 2014.
Before meeting Harry, Meghan had starred in US legal drama series Suits in which she played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane.
Bradby said that Harry saw his brother's wife as 'the sister you never had', with the pair having known each other since soon after William and Kate started dating in 2003.
The pair are believed to have gotten on well, with Harry joining her and William on engagements before he met Meghan - although he told Bradby that whilst the events were 'fun', he sometimes felt 'slightly awkward' being the 'third wheel'.
Harry also said the idea of himself, his wife and the Prince and Princess of Wales being the 'fab four' was 'something the British press created' and it 'creates competition'.
He told Bradby: 'The idea of the four of us being together was always a hope for me.
'Before it was Meghan, whoever it was going to be, I always hoped that the four of us would get on.
'But very quickly it became Meghan versus Kate.
'And that, when it plays out so publicly, you can't hide from that, right? Especially when within my family you have the newspapers laid out pretty