Meghan Markle ‘wanted to be rejected’ by royal family, claims new book

It’s not often that the trailer for a documentary triggers a worldwide hooha, but then nothing is ever quite simple or predictable with Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, right?

So it’s October 2018. The duo have just wrapped up a stunningly successful tour of South Africa, except that instead of celebrating it with a round of matcha lattes and affirmations, they’re about to put all their hard work into that one. to derail doco.

So comes out that trailer, filmed in a Johannesburg garden, showing an emotional Duchess telling host Tom Bradby: “Not many people have asked if I’m okay. But it’s very real to experience behind the scenes.”

Give an overwhelming sense of déjà vu: another miserable Windsor woman, another TV interview on the brink of tears, another woman telling the world how desperately unhappy she was trapped in the royal bubble.

When Harry & Meghan: An African Journey Broadcast a few weeks later, the similarities between Diana, Princess of Wales and her daughter-in-law Meghan’s experiences were undeniable. Two women who were married to two princes, only for them to suffer so much.

And then, in January 2020, when Meghan and husband Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, resigned for good from life as frontline members of the royal family, a blow delivered no less by Instagram, there seemed to be a certain kind of symmetry, of Diana’s son following a path she first charted.

But what if we’re completely wrong? What if Meghan is in fact not Diana 2.0, a woman hindered by the monarchy?

That’s the question we’re dealing with after new bombshell claims came in through the Time’ old royal reporter Valentine Low is coming Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crownwith one of his most devastating revelations hitting the heart of the Meghan story: what if the college-educated, self-made professional never really intended to stay in the royal family?

When the world looked at Meghan Markle – To grab star and Toronto cool girl – dressed in several hundred thousand dollars from Givenchy exchanged her vows with the world’s most famous redhead in 2018, it seemed like we were all on the same page. Goodbye career, hello endless walks in Stoke-on-Trent!

Then it started to stall, thanks to a combination of, depending on your opinion, palace insiders, other members of the royal family, the press and social media agitators. According to last year’s authors find freedomMeghan told a friend: “I gave up my whole life for this family. I was willing to do whatever it took. But here we are. It’s very sad.”

low courtiershowever, challenges the story that the Los Angeles native took this in good faith and instead makes the rather shocking claim that the Duchess never really wanted things to work.

A former employee told Low: “Everyone knew the institution would be judged by [Meghan’s] luck. The mistake they made was thinking she wanted to be happy. She wanted to be rejected because she was obsessed with that story from day one.”

Elsewhere, Low writes: “A succession of perfectly decent people … began to suspect that even her most heartfelt pleas for help were part of a deliberate strategy that had one goal in sight: her departure from the royal family. They think she wanted to be able to say, ‘Look how they haven’t supported me’.

Sources say the team has come up with a devastating epithet for Meghan: a ‘narcissistic sociopath’. They are also said to have repeatedly said, ‘We were being played’.”

And therein lies the fundamental divide between Diana and Meghan. Despite all of the princess’s devastating, palace-shattering revelations and her genius phrase about “three of us in marriage,” she never wanted out of royal life. However, based on these claims, Meghan never really wanted to get involved.

Yes, Diana may very well have wanted her husband, Prince Charles, to be put in trouble (let alone that she was allegedly the first to be unfaithful) and yes, she probably wanted some sort of acknowledgment of the misery that she’d been through, but at the end of the day she didn’t feel like swinging out the palace gates, Louis Vuitton steamer trunks chasing her and humming I will survive.

The Princess of Wales was a seasoned monarchist to the very end, who believed in the royal family and what it did.

Meghan, according to excerpts from courtierswas never sold at all on the royal box and dice.

Take a very successful tour of Australia and the South Pacific for the Duke and Duchess in October 2018. Per courtiers: “Meghan didn’t understand the point of all those walkabouts, shaking hands with countless strangers. According to several staff members, she has been told at least once: ‘I can’t believe I’m not getting paid for this’.

Low’s claims closely match Brown’s own reporting in The palace papersin which she writes of that tour that the Duchess “hated every second”.

“Instead of being excited when thousands of people showed up at the Opera House, it was very much like, ‘What’s the goal? I don’t understand this,” a former Palace employee told Brown.

But the benefits of royalties? Which she reportedly noticed quite a bit.

According to Low, a point of tension between Meghan and her then personal assistant Melissa Touabti had to do with the free designer items pouring in. (“Clothes, jewelry, candles… It was absolutely non-stop,” according to a source.)

He writes: “Touabti was apparently punctual in following the household rule that members of the royal family are not allowed to accept free gifts from commercial organizations. Her approach did not go down well with Meghan.”

Then there’s where Diana and Meghan fall for their approaches to the big TV snitch. The princess effectively signed her royal letter of resignation, which she wouldn’t realize until too late, when she sat down with now-disgraced journalist Martin Bashir in 1995, but she didn’t make this move until after 14 years of marriage and royal life.

And the Sussexes? Low reports that Harry and Meghan were originally set to sit down with primetime confessor Oprah Winfrey in the final months of 2019, just over a year after their marriage.

Here too there is a bigger picture. One thing that clearly unites Diana and Meghan is their unwavering commitment to their chosen causes and charities. However, here’s the ‘but’…

What the Princess of Wales understood intuitively was that being her in the royal tent, so to speak, gave her a power and a platform that absolutely nothing in the world could come close to.

In late August, leading Diana biographer and society insider Tina Brown, who knew the princess personally, gave an interview to the Daily Beastsaying that if she had lived,

“She [would have] kept Kensington Palace as her base. Unlike Harry and Meghan, she understood that having the power base of the monarchy was hugely important.”

That’s a lesson Meghan could or should be learning right now, as the couple’s Archewell Foundation sputters and hasn’t accomplished anything of any real note. (Fear not, the egotistic gongs are piling up with Meghan set to be one of Variety’s Power of Women honors and a report suggests she could take home a trophy at the upcoming GQ Men of the Year awards.)

What makes the claims that Meghan never really had much of an interest in playfully accepting her position in the royal ranks so dangerous is that it calls into question one of the central animation principles: people want to be ‘in’.

Royalty is meant to be a really lusty, eternally desirable thing to try to achieve or join.

Meghan’s story puts an end to that. Not only did she turn her back on it when the demands got too much, but maybe, just maybe, she wasn’t interested in submitting to the institution at all. (Despite all those supposedly free candles.)

Here’s one final thought: Brown told the Beast that although the princess would have been “excited” when her son met Meghan, “I think she would have felt that Meghan was steering Harry in a direction that wasn’t right for Harry. I don’t think Diana is Meghan’s big fan what Meghan might have imagined.”

Daniela Elser is a writer and royal expert with over 15 years of experience working with some of Australia’s leading media titles.

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