Harry and Meghan in middle of 'bitter rift with pals David and Victoria Beckham'

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Harry and Meghan in middle of 'bitter rift with pals David and Victoria Beckham'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly royally fallen out with their friends David and Victoria Beckham.

Former England football captain David and Harry have known each other for years and worked together on numerous charity events before joining forces in the campaign for London to host the 2012 Olympics. The Beckhams also attended Harry and Meghan's wedding in May 2018.

But after the Duke of Sussex asked David to be an ambassador for the Invictus Games, things reportedly turned sour when Harry refused to see the former England football captain at the event in Sydney in 2018. Now it's being claimed that the reason Harry was keeping his friend at arms' length was Meghan - as she feared Victoria was leaking stories about her to the press.

Harry and Meghan in middle of 'bitter rift with pals David and Victoria Beckham' eideziqkeiqhhinvPrince William and Prince Harry with David Beckham in 2010 (PA)

"Having flown half-way around the world, he was perplexed why officials after he arrived at the sporting venue were playing a dance to keep him happy, but away from Harry," royal expert Tom Bower writes for The Sun. "The reason for the distance was Meghan, the newly married Duchess of Sussex. She wanted no competition in the media from David, and especially not from his wife, Victoria."

Meghan's visit to Australia for the Invictus Games was her first overseas royal tour after officially becoming the Duchess of Sussex. But Bower claims a "frisson" had developed between Meghan and Victoria despite the Duchess wearing Beckham label clothes to several royal occasions afterwards.

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Meghan wore a navy blue coat from Victoria's brand on Christmas Day in 2018. Then, in March 2020 Meghan wore a custom-made white coat and dress to Westminster Abbey. Rumours of a rift between the two women started in January 2020 when it was claimed that Meghan became concerned that private details were cropping up in the press that concerned her friendship with Victoria.

Harry and Meghan in middle of 'bitter rift with pals David and Victoria Beckham'David Beckham is a big fan of the royal family (AFP via Getty Images)

Meghan's fears are claimed to have prompted Harry to tackle the rumours "head on" and speak to David. "Harry was very polite, but obviously it was a pretty awkward exchange and David was mortified," the source told The Sun. In December 2017, it was reported that Victoria had opened her little black book and given Meghan a list of contacts for her favourite facialists, stylists and hairdressers - details of which later appeared in the press.

Former Suits actress Meghan previously spoke of Victoria in the press and admitted she didn't have the right 'silhouette' to wear designs from the Spice Girl's fashion label. Meghan, who is 5ft 6in, said: "What I'm starting to learn is, even though things look amazing on the hanger, it doesn't mean they're going to look amazing on me. For example I love Victoria Beckham dresses, but I don't have the long torso to support that silhouette."

David and Victoria have plenty of friends in high places and two weeks ago they welcomed Kim Kardashian and her children to watch Lionel Messi's debut with Inter Miami. Victoria and Kim were snapped holding hands as Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim aided a struggling Victoria to get down from the large stands. The pair were also photographed chatting and giggling towards the end of the game.

The Mirror has contacted Prince Harry and David Beckham's representatives for comment.

Jessica Gibb

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