The Duke of Sussex told his wife not to take a picture in front of the Taj Mahal as he didn’t want people to think she was impersonating his mother.
In 1992, on a tour of India, Diana, Princess of Wales was pictured sitting alone at the famous landmark in an image believed to be symbolic of the state of her relationship with Charles.
Harry writes in his memoir Spare that he and Meghan laughed at the advice he gave her before traveling to India.
“Don’t take a picture in front of the Taj Mahal. She asked why and I said my mother,” he wrote.
“I had explained that my mum had posed for a picture there and it had become iconic and I didn’t want anyone to think Meg was trying to imitate my mum.
“Meg had never heard of this photo and found the whole thing amazing and I loved her for being amazed.”
Meghan went to India with World Vision and worked on menstrual health management and access to education for young girls, according to the memoir.
She then took her mother, Doria Ragland, to a yoga retreat in Goa to celebrate her 60th birthday.
Elsewhere in the book, which hit stores on Tuesday, Harry reveals that it was Meghan who sent the first message early in their romance.
A mutual friend helped bond the pair after the Duke spotted Meghan on the pal’s Instagram account.
The friend, named Violet, asked Harry if it would be okay to give Meghan his Instagram name, to which he agreed.
He received a message from Meghan complimenting his Instagram page, which he says featured mostly photos of Africa.
He says they exchanged phone numbers and began texting “late into the night,” adding that this began on July 1, 2016 — his mother’s 55th birthday.
Later in the book, Harry reveals that he would be “rolling a joint” the night he and his family stayed at US actor Tyler Perry’s home in Los Angeles in 2020 after leaving Canada.
“Late at night, when everyone was asleep, I went around the house and checked the doors and windows,” he writes.
“Then I would sit on the balcony or the edge of the garden and roll a joint.”
Harry also reflects on how, in his Eton days, he shared a “spliff” with friends in “a tiny upstairs bathroom where we implemented a surprisingly thoughtful, orderly assembly line.”
He writes in the book, “I knew that was bad behavior. I knew it was wrong. My buddies knew it too. We’ve often talked while stoned about how stupid we were wasting an Eton education.”
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