MEGHAN Markle pulled out of Pippa Middleton's wedding at the last minute as she didn't want to overshadow Kate's sister, a bombshell biography has claimed.
The bride had reluctantly invited the Duchess of Sussex to her big day in May 2017 – with Finding Freedom claiming she "privately harboured concerns that the American actress’s presence alongside Harry might overshadow the main event".
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However the 36-year-old invited Prince Harry's then-girlfriend – with Meghan reported to be determined "not to make a misstep".
The duchess then worked with best pal stylist Jessica Mulroney to design the perfect outfit that would be "stylish without being splashy".
But Meghan made the decision not to attend the ceremony at St Mark's Church, at Englefield Estate, Berkshire after a Sun story.
The article compared Meghan and Pippa with the headline: "It’s Meghan v Pippa in the…Wedding of the Rears".
Pippa had attracted nationwide attention with her stunning appearance at Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011, making headlines with her gorgeous dress at the Royal ceremony.
And Finding Freedom stated Meghan then decided not to go to Pippa's wedding, instead only heading to the reception.
It was further claimed she then decided on a "decidedly unflashy long black gown" and even did her own make up.
It comes after it was claimed Pippa was "capable" of handling Meghan amid rumours of a rift between the former actress and Kate Middleton.
All three were pictured together at Wimbledon in 2018, heading to the women's singles final.
But the biography has also alleged that Meghan and Kate's friendship "struggled to move past distant politeness".
Since the book's release this week, it has been warned its intimate details could have caused "lasting damage".
Despite a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry insisting they were not involved, a source claimed: "It’s fair to say there is a great deal of scepticism over the involvement of the book’s two primary subjects.
"It’s sadly hard to imagine a world where this won’t do lasting damage to many of the personal relationships explored in this very one sided account.”
The detailed insight into the couple's lives has been released this week in the form of Finding Freedom, an unauthorised biography that followed their journey stepping down from their duties.
Among some of the more explosive claims is that Meghan felt people wanted her to serve her child "on a silver platter" after Archie was born, and that the couple had to let go of their son's nanny in the middle of her second shift.
Details of their whirlwind romance were also revealed as it was claimed Harry said "I love you" just three months into their relationship – and started to scout for an engagement ring just six months in.
It was further claimed Princess Eugenie was upset when they announced they were expecting at her wedding.
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The authors of the biography have insisted they did not interview Meghan nor Harry for the book.
A spokesperson for the couple has previously said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”
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