A NEW book is lifting the lid on the secret dramas that go on at Kensington Palace, including how Princess Diana sunbathed naked on the roof.
Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary To Meghan Markle includes stories gathered from former servants on everyone from Kate Middleton to Meghan Markle.
As shared on the Daily Mail, author Tom Quinn wrote: “Very little escapes the notice of the servants at Kensington Palace — including rivalries, illicit lovers and explosive marital rows.
“The staff were always seeing half-naked people running around the place.”
His upcoming book includes how Princess Diana used to love her private walled garden at the palace, but also enjoyed the not-so-private rooftop too.
According to former staff, during the summers of the late 1980s and early 1990s, she would sunbathe in the nude on the building, and was once caught out by two builders when she stood up.
The tell-all book also includes how Kate Middleton was “very warm” towards Meghan Markle when she first moved into Harry’s cottage in the Kensington Palace grounds.
A staff member said: “But tensions were bound to arise because Meghan inevitably had to accept that, although she is a duchess, she is not married to the next king.
“And although Harry loved their cottage in the grounds, Meghan was conscious that it was tiny in comparison to the vast apartment complex where Kate and William live.”
One insider claims the former actress was affected by her new status and it “went to her head” – so much so that William and Harry would meet without their wives to “avoid rows”.
The insider claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor was triggered by Kate being “horrified” when Meghan shouted at one of her staff members.
They alleged that Meghan is the more dominant partner in the marriage, and said Harry himself had said “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”
However, despite paying £2.4million to refurbish Frogmore Cottage, Meghan is said to have found the location isolating.
The couple have since stepped down as senior royals and are currently self-isolating with baby Archie in LA.
Another royal couple who didn’t have the best time together at Kensington Palace was Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
The royal pair married in 1981 and moved into a large area made up from two apartments, known as 8 and 9.
A staff member said: “This was where Diana had her greatest ups and downs: elated one moment, suicidal the next.”
The insider said it was a “myth” the newlyweds were enjoying a blissful time together at the palace after they tied the knot, and would frequently row from day one.
Staff would politely wait in the hallway until shouting had subsided before knocking, and they were told to be discreet.
Charles moved out in 1992, leaving Diana feeling “relief” as she’d always viewed the dwelling as more her place than his.
Staff say she loved the home as it was where she raised her kids and “stood up” to Charles on numerous occasions.
She was also fond of playing her version of “hide and seek” and would sneak out without her security officers to sit by the pond in the public gardens in disguise.
Diana was said to be good at looking “ordinary” in sunglasses and drab clothes, and wanted to be both a “megastar” and a “completely anonymous person.”
Kensington Palace was also the backdrop to Diana’s love affairs, and staff said she would sneak round Kensington in disguise to find phone boxes to call art dealer lover Oliver Hoare.
Her final relationship, with businessman Dodi Fayed is said to have been unpopular with servants, due to him thinking he was “superior”.
Diana said to have apologised to her staff after he was “snooty”, and that made her servants warm to her even more.
An insider recalled a moment when Dodi is said to have been looking at his reflection in pictures along a corridor at the palace when he tripped – and staff laughed about it for days.
Another royal who had a dramatic time at Kensington Palace was Princess Margaret, who lived with Lord Snowdon at Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace.
Following their divorce in 1978, she resided there alone, and she also conducted her affair with Roddy Llewellyn here when she was 25 and he was 43.
Staff claimed she would have sex with someone and then flaunt it at Lord Snowdon, who would go off and do the same thng and let her know.
Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary To Meghan Markle by Tom Quinn will be published by Biteback on May 14.
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