Generations of royals, from Princess Diana to Meghan Markle, have filled the halls of Kensington Palace with their epic fights — and saucy habits, insiders reveal in a new book.
“You couldn’t hide anything from anyone,” one palace staffer told British author Tom Quinn, whose book, “Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle,” will be released later this month.
Princess Di’s staff had to point out her habit of nude sunbathing in her rooftop garden wasn’t as private as she thought.
She believed the area to be safe even from hovering helicopters, until her servants informed the princess many of the choppers had high-resolution binoculars.
But it was two construction workers who got up close and personal, when a barrier that would normally obscure the view was down as Diana was tanning one day.
Before she could cover up, the men simply bowed and turned away, prompting a footman to later note, “They may have just been builders, but they were gentlemen all the same.”
Diana and Prince Charles were also often heard engaging in noisy arguments from their Kensington Palace apartments, Quinn notes in the book, which he detailed in The Daily Mail.
“There is a myth that Charles and Diana were living happily in this beautiful palace, at least for their first few years together, but, actually, you could hear them rowing almost from the day they moved in,” the former communications staffer allegedly told Quinn.
Drama has also plagued the latest generation of royals.
Markle quickly earned herself unflattering nicknames from staff, who dubbed her “Me-Gain,” “the Duchess of Difficult,” “Di 2” and “Di Lite.”
Markle and Prince Harry have since moved on to a paparazzi-infested enclave of Malibu, with at least one prestigious Brit believing Markle is the brains behind their post-Megxit move.
“Whose decision was it, I wonder, to build a new life in North America? I can’t help thinking that Meghan, as we must now call her, played a leading role here,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father Stanley said in a new report.
Another insider told the Royally Obsessed podcast last week they believe Markle plans to relaunch her lifestyle blog, The Tig, seen as a rival to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.
Additional reporting by Jessica Bennett and Paula Froelich
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