Did Victoria and Meghan stay away from football to avoid a run in?September 4, 2023
Did Victoria Beckham and Meghan Markle stay away from football to avoid an awkward run in? Duchess and designer left Prince Harry and David Beckham to attend Inter Milan game solo after ‘fall out’
- Meghan Markle did not attend Inter Miami game with Prince Harry last night
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Prince Harry may have cut an excited figure as he watched Inter Miami defeat Los Angeles Football Club last night alongside David Beckham – but there were two notable absences from the game.
For while the two men appeared to enjoy the game, their wives Meghan Markle, 42, and Victoria Beckham were nowhere to be seen.
It’s possible the Duchess of Sussex decided not to attend because she wanted to avoid any awkward run ins with Victoria, following months of speculation that the two have fallen out.
The spat between the celebrity couples seemingly dates back to 2018 – the year Meghan and Harry got married – with the row heightened when the Sussexes allegedly accused the Beckhams of leaking stories about them to the press.
Meanwhile royal biographer Tom Bower previously claimed Meghan did not want competition in the media from the couple. He also alleges she did not like the footballer’s friendship with Prince William.
Meghan Markle, 42, didn’t attend a football game to watch David Beckham’s club alongside Prince Harry, 38, last night – despite being slated to attend
The Duke of Sussex looked overjoyed to be attending the soccer game last night as he cheered on Inter Milan
Lizzie Cundy, from the UK but now living in LA, claimed she was with Meghan at a party the first time she laid eyes on Posh Spice, causing the Duchess to ‘squeal’ with excitement.
Lizzie, who first interviewed Meghan, 41, in 2013 but hasn’t spoken to her in years, told the New York Post Meghan was left starstruck by Posh Spice the first time they met – which was the same time Ms Cundy first met the Duchess.
She told the New York Post that Meghan ‘squealed’ when she first met Victoria at a party in 2013.
‘Meghan was so thrilled with excitement to see Victoria Beckham. She went “Oh my God, that’s Victoria Beckham!”, Ms Cundy added.
She claimed the Duchess was a ‘proper big fan’ of Posh Spice, and recalled thinking Meghan needed to ‘calm down and be cool’ after first spotting her.
David and Victoria then showed kindness towards Meghan ever since she moved into Harry’s cottage in Kensington Palace in 2017, the biographer Tom Bower told The Sun.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the couples bonded because Izzy May, David Beckham’s communications director, was friends with Markus Anderson, chief membership officer for private social club Soho House, who helped arrange Meghan’s secret dates with Harry.
Victoria, in what Mr Bower describes as an attempt to ‘build their relationship’, offered Meghan make-up advice.
A member of the designer’s staff is also understood to have helped Meghan with facials and hairdressing.
Harry and Meghan decided not to invite the Beckhams to their wedding dinner , despite the fact that they were asked to attend the marriage ceremony at St George’s Chapel. Mr Bower claims the move was a ‘near-unforgivable insult’, citing that many Hollywood stars who attended the dinner ‘were not friends’. Victoria and David are pictured at the Sussexes’ wedding ceremony
But the royal couple allegedly had a suspicion that the Beckhams leaked stories about Meghan’s help from Victoria to the press – a claim the former Spice Girl denied and left David reportedly feeling ‘absolutely bloody furious’.
The Beckhams also hosted Meghan in their six-bedroom house in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles before her marriage to Harry.
The couple’s staff tended to Meghan’s needs at no cost during her private visit to California, Mr Bower claimed.
Harry and Meghan then decided not to invite the Beckhams to their wedding dinner, despite the fact that they were asked to attend the marriage ceremony at St George’s Chapel. Mr Bower claims the move was a ‘near-unforgivable insult’, citing that many Hollywood stars who attended the dinner ‘were not friends’.
But regardless of the alleged slight, David still accepted Harry’s invitation to attend the Invictus Games. He travelled to Sydney in October 2018 but then never even had face time with the Duke.
Mr Bower alleges that during this time Harry and Meghan had been regularly searching themselves on the internet to look for hateful comments about themselves.
He claims at that point Meghan was ‘not prepared to tolerate anything flattering regarding the Beckhams and the Games to appear in the media’.
David found the apparent move to keep him separated from Harry as ‘a bit strange’ but decided not to call the Prince about it, the biographer wrote, adding that he and Victoria ‘barely mentioned’ the slight during their stay at a rented house in North Shore, Sydney.
Regardless, the Beckhams seemingly tried to maintain a relationship with Harry and Meghan.
Victoria lent Meghan a coat during the Christmas holidays, which the Duchess wore on Christmas day 2018 during a walk with the Royal Family to the church at Sandringham. Meghan is pictured in the coat as she walks with Harry
The couples were neighbours in Oxfordshire after the Beckhams built a home and Harry was renting a converted barn.
The biographer claims that while the men ‘occasionally meet at weekends’, Meghan had already ‘put on airs’.
Victoria lent Meghan a coat during the Christmas holidays, which the Duchess wore on Christmas day 2018 during a walk with the Royal Family to the church at Sandringham.
The former Spice Girl turned fashion designer later appeared on American talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan and admitted it came as a very pleasant surprise to see pregnant Meghan wearing an entire outfit from her line.
Speaking on the talk show, Victoria described The Duchess of Sussex’s decision to choose her designs at Christmas as an honour.
The mother-of-four said: ‘She looked so beautiful. It was such a lovely surprise to wake up to on Christmas morning.
‘You know, I think she’s such a beautiful, strong and wonderful woman – so it was a huge honour!’
The designer also produced a custom-made white coat and dress for Meghan in 2020 which she wore during her last appearance in Westminster Abbey in March that year.
But Meghan, who was pregnant at the time, endorsing Victoria’s label had little impact on sales, Mr Bower alleged. He claims the only direct impact it had was that a £1,400 bag used by Meghan ‘sold out’ after being linked in a social media video.
Meanwhile, as Harry and Meghan prepared to make their move to California and step away from royal life, the Beckhams refused to take sides in the alleged row between the Sussexes and Prince William and his wife Kate.
David and William are understood to have had a good relationships since England’s World Cup bid in 2010, which Mr Bower claims ‘annoyed the Sussexes’.
The designer also produced a custom-made white coat and dress for Meghan in 2020 which she wore during her last appearance in Westminster Abbey in March that year (pictured). But Meghan, who was pregnant at the time, endorsing Victoria’s label had little impact on sales, Mr Bower alleged
The royal donned another figure hugging ensemble by Victoria with navy suede stilettos during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in 2020
Meanwhile Meghan even continued to wear the British designer following her move to the US, opting for a £570 pointed collar silk shirt as she made a surprise appearance on the season finale of America’s Got Talent.
Hours earlier, the mother-of-two wore the chestnut silk version of the Victoria Beckham shirt as she appeared alongside Prince Harry in her Time 100 video, where she encouraged US citizens to register to vote ahead of the November election.
The royal also wowed in a £950 turquoise figure-hugging dress as she made her first post-Megxit appearance at the Endeavour Awards in London alongside Prince Harry.
However Meghan and Harry were not guests at the wedding of the Beckhams’ son Brooklyn to US heiress Nicola Peltz in April last year.
Their alleged distaste towards the Beckhams friendship with the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was furthered last year when David flew from Qatar to Boston during the World Cup to help William and Kate with their philanthropic efforts.
American media highlighted the moment David kissed Kate on the cheek as she hosted the Earthshot prize ceremony alongside her husband.
Their alleged distaste towards the Beckhams friendship with the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was furthered last year when David flew from Qatar to Boston during the World Cup to help William and Kate with their philanthropic efforts. American media highlighted the moment David kissed Kate on the cheek (pictured) as she hosted the Earthshot prize ceremony alongside her husband
The now Prince and Princess of Wales’ ceremony, which was attended by President Joe Biden, seemingly upstaged an event hosted by the Sussexes in New York that same weekend.
In July, it emerged there was a suspicion the Beckhams may have leaked stories about the Sussexes, an accusation The Mail on Sunday was told left David ‘absolutely bloody furious’.
A source close to the Beckhams said: ‘David and Victoria went to Meghan and Harry’s wedding and were very supportive when Meghan arrived in the UK.’
But the accusations, which The Mail on Sunday has been told came in a tense phone call, fractured the Beckham friendship. The source added: ‘Any making up now is so unlikely.’
Mr Bower says the spat was again furthered just weeks ago when the Beckhams hosted a star-studded celebration after Lionel Messi scored a last-minute for David’s football team in Miami, Florida.
Meghan and Harry were reportedly not invited to the party, which is understood to have carried on for hours.
The biographer alleged that Meghan ‘pushed’ Victoria away over the last few years, adding that she may have done ‘much better’ with the British public if ‘she copied Victoria’ instead.
Harry is pictured taking his seat at the game on Sunday night
Every person on the list of notable attendees had their job title included – except Harry and Meghan
Prince Harry looked giddy with excitement as he watched soccer legend Lionel Messi help Inter Miami defeat Los Angeles Football Club last night.
The 38-year-old cut a dramatically different figure from Friday night when he was spotted looking bored with Meghan during Beyonce’s concert.
He chuckled and happily scrunched up an LAFC scarf as he cheered on his local team from the stands of the BMO Stadium.
Meghan was also slated to appear, but appeared not to attend during the star-studded event.
A pre-match ‘notable attendees’ form showed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex among those appearing at the match.
All those listed had their occupation next to their name, except the couple – who were simply referred to as ‘Prince Harry’ and ‘Meghan Markle’.
Harry join a throng of celebrities, including LAFC co-owner Will Ferrell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Owen Wilson, Selena Gomez and Jason Sudeikis.
David Beckham, who co-owns Inter Miami, was also seen watching on, as his side continued their winning streak in the MLS since Messi joined.
Inter Miami won the match 3-1, with Facundo Farias, Jordi Alba and Leonardo Campana scoring. Messi, who is paid $54million a year, also got two assists.
Harry looked more excited to be at the soccer match than he did watching Beyonce with his wife and mother in law on Friday.
Harry played soccer at school at Eton, writing in his memoir that he loved all sports.
‘I played every dry sport, though rugby captured my heart,’ he wrote – with ‘dry sports’ at Eton meaning cricket, football, rugby, or polo.
Wet sports were rowing, sailing, or swimming. Harry said he found playing rugby therapeutic. ‘Beautiful game, plus a good excuse to run into stuff very hard,’ he wrote.
‘Rugby let me indulge my rage. I simply didn’t feel pain the way other boys did, which made me scary on a pitch.’
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