The pop princess could have been a British royal.
The claim is made by bestselling author Christopher Andersen in his new book, Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan.
In it, Andersen claimed that Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, was linked to Britney Spears and even Lauren Bush prior to his 2011 marriage to Kate Middleton.
“[William and Spears] They tried to get back together when they were young, and he also had some sort of similar electronic relationship with Lauren Bush, a model and the president’s niece. [George W.] Bush,” Andersen recently told Us Weekly.
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While William, 39, and Spears, 39, have been in contact, Andersen noted that the relationship never escalated.
“There may have been phone conversations,” he said, “but I don’t recall that they were able to get together during that time.”
The singer previously spoke about her brief model with William in 2002. Spears told ITV that she was “very friendly” with the prince.
“Yeah, it was like, it was all out of proportion – we exchanged emails quite a bit and he was supposed to come and meet me somewhere, but it just didn’t work out,” Spears said at the time.
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But before Spears, Andersen said William was watching another American star.
“William was a huge fan of Cindy Crawford,” Andersen said. “I think he’s very cute. So [Princess] Diana, being the type that she is [was]I arranged a meeting with him when he was about 14 years old.”
William began dating Middleton, 39, in 2003 after meeting as students at the University of St Andrews in 2001. They announced their engagement in 2010 and said “I do” in 2011. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share three children: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte , 6 years old, and Prince Louis 3.
Andersen explored in his book the alleged feud between William and his younger brother Prince Harry, who married former American actress Meghan Markle in 2018.
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In response, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Fox News, “We never comment on this type of book.” A Kensington Palace spokesperson, who represents the family of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, “no comment”. A spokesperson for Clarence House, which represents the home of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment. However, a spokesperson told The New York Post, “This is fiction and does not merit further comment.” A spokesperson for Duke, Duchess and Sussex also did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
Andersen sticks to the claims he made in his book.
“I have sources that I have taken care of for 50 years,” said Andersen, who has previously written several books about the royal family.
Markle, 40, starred in the legal drama “Suits” before becoming the Duchess of Sussex. She and Harry, 37, welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began leaving royal duties in 2020 due to what they describe as British media interference and racist attitudes towards Markle. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, California.
In the wake of resigning from royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the pair made heart-wrenching comments about how dark Archie’s skin was before he was born. The Duchess has spoken of the extreme isolation she felt within the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “alarming” and would be addressed in private
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lillibet “Lily” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The name is in honor of both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family surname is Lilibet, and his late mother.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.