Meghan Markle expressed concern over the release of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, a royal insider has revealed to The Telegraph.

The source, who declared Meghan to be “media-savvy”, claimed the duchess had previously raised “gentle concerns” over the bombshell publication, and had questioned whether or not it was the right time to go ahead with its release.

The couple have moved as a united front since revealing their engagement to the media in 2017, and so it raised some eyebrows when Meghan was noticeably absent from Harry’s press tour for Spare.

The insider reports that Meghan kept her distance to avoid anyone assuming she was “trying to steal the limelight” during Harry’s big moment. And a big moment it was, with Spare shattering sales records across the globe on its release as readers sought to learn more about the royals.

Despite its success on a sales front, the fallout from the book has seen Harry’s popularity slump across both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Some suspected that Meghan was somehow behind all of it, but as Camilla Tominey wrote for The Telegraph, this “could not be further from the truth.”

“No stranger to taking on her enemies,” it was said of Meghan, whose every move has been dissected and commented on for years, “she is understood to have been more wary than the Duke about this particular project.”

Despite Meghan’s concerns, it is reported that once Harry had made up his mind to go ahead with the project, the duchess offered him “her full support and is immensely proud of his achievements.”

As a source confessed to Camilla Tominey, “is this the way she would have approached things? Possibly not. But she will always back him.

“This was about his own life, his journey and his own perspective,” they added.

Although Harry has his wife’s support, the same cannot be said of his father and brother, who reportedly did not take well to some of the bombshell revelations and allegations made in the book. As another source told Vanity Fair, King Charles was left “deeply hurt”, and Prince William “cannot speak to his brother”.

Only time will tell what this means for the royal family, but with experts predicting that Harry and Meghan will be in attendance at King Charles’ coronation in May, it is certain that fans and critics from all over will be watching to find out.

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This article first appeared on Over60.