Meghan Markle and the royal family are part of two very different worlds whose differences made it an impossible task for them to work together, a bombshell has claimed. Royal correspondent Valentine Low reported a palace source claiming that whatever private secretaries advised the deceased Queen and other members of the firm, there was too great a gap between Meghan and the firm to bridge.
As reported in Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown, the source claimed: “I think it was an impossible task. I think in Meghan and the household you had two worlds that had no experience of each other, didn’t have no opportunity to relate to each other, had no opportunity to understand each other.
“And Meghan was never going to fit that model, and that model was never going to tolerate the Meghan that Meghan wanted to be. So I think it was inevitable that they wouldn’t be able to work together.”
The source, described as someone who had been “critical” of the late monarch’s private secretary Sir Edward Young, added: “I don’t think there is anything Edward could have done about it that other members of the royal family would have accepted .”
Sir Edward is believed to be one of the individuals Prince Harry referred to when, in an interview with American broadcaster Hoda Kotb in April, he said: “[The Queen] has always had a good sense of humor with me and I just make sure she’s protected and has the right people around her.”
In the book, Mr Low also described the role royal aides played in negotiations in January 2020 over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit from the firm as its full-time members.
The Royal Correspondent claimed that just days after Meghan and Harry announced their intention to step down from their senior roles at the firm – a move quickly dubbed Megxit – the private secretaries to Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry all joined forces to find a workable solution.
The author claimed the aides went through “five different scenarios” that gave Meghan and Harry a different degree of freedom from the firm’s obligations.
But in the end, it was Queen Elizabeth II who reportedly decided the deal would be off the table unless Meghan and Harry agreed to still abide by the restrictions that apply to working members of the firm.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in their statement dated 8 January 2020, had highlighted their intention to live between the UK and North America and become financially independent in order to ditch the Sovereign Grant, a move they hoped would reduce the level of public scrutiny in their lives , while continuing to serve the Crown and the late Queen through royal visits and duties.
After a meeting known as the Sandringham Summit in mid-January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex agreed to tough exit terms, which meant they were stripped of their rights to carry out royal engagements and use their HRH style in an official capacity, as well as giving up their military and royal patronage.
In return, they were given the freedom to move abroad and begin working on for-profit projects — such as Meghan’s podcast series with Spotify — and support causes such as racial justice and voting rights in the United States that are not usually championed by company members.
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Meghan and Harry moved to California at the end of March, days before they officially stepped down as working royals.
They have since launched their organization, Archewell, which includes a non-profit foundation and two production powerhouses focused on creating audio and video content.
The Sussexes have also made connections with pre-existing companies, as they jointly signed multi-year deals with streaming giants Spotify and Netflix, joined a fintech wealth management organization called Ethic as their impact partners and investors, and both signed deals to write a book.
While Meghan published her children’s story The Bench in June 2021, the Duke is expected to publish his memoirs later this year, although there have been reports claiming publication could be pushed back to 2023.
COURTIERS The Hidden Power Behind The Crown by Valentine Low was published on October 6 by Headline.