Prince Harry's first impressions of “William’s new girlfriend Kate” have resurfaced

"I liked making her laugh, and I was quite good at it."

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Prince Harry's relationship with the rest of the Mountbatten-Windsors has returned to the headlines, with reports that the Duke of Sussex will soon be returning to the UK. And in light of King Charles and the Princess of Wales' respective health conditions, with Kate announcing her cancer diagnosis last week, it is predicted that the family may come together.

The Duke of Sussex's "fallout" with his brother Prince William has dominated the headlines these past few years, but before his step away from royal life, Prince Harry is known to have shared a close bond with his sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

In fact, his words about their relationship from his memoir Spare resurfaced this month, with Prince Harry recalling his first impressions of the Princess of Wales, then "William's new girlfriend".

"I liked his new girlfriend," Prince Harry wrote. "She was carefree, sweet, kind. She'd done a gap year in Florence, knew about photography, art. And clothes. She loved clothes." 

She also according to Prince Harry has a great sense of humour and a secret "silly side", recalling that he "liked seeing Kate laugh". He added: "Better yet, I liked making her laugh. And I was quite good at it. My transparently silly side connected with her heavily disguised silly side."

He continued: "Whenever I worried that Kate was going to be the one to take Willy from me, I consoled myself with thoughts of all our future laughing fits together, and I told myself how great everything would be when I had a serious girlfriends who could laugh along with us."

Prince Harry also spoke about his fondness for Kate Middleton at the time of her and Prince William's engagement, telling German newspaper Bild at the time: "I've always wanted a sister and now I've got one. I've known Kate for years, and it's fantastic that she is becoming part of the family."

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