'Leading lady' Meghan Markle felt monarchy 'needed her more than she needed it' – claim

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Meghan Markle felt the Royal Family “needed her more than she needed them”, it has been claimed. Royal author Tina Brown said the Duchess of Sussex came to the conclusion after her and Prince Harry’s royal tour of Australia in 2018.

Writing in her book The Palace Papers, Ms Brown said Meghan decided “that the monarchy likely needed her more than she needed them”.

The former Vanity Fair editor added: “She had starred in the equivalent of a blockbuster film and wanted her leading-lady status to be reflected in lights.”

Meghan and Harry travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji just months after their royal wedding.

The trip by the couple in October 2018 was seen as hugely successful.

But Ms Brown said Meghan felt her “star power” was “bigger than what she was allowed to do in the monarchy”.

Speaking to 60 Minutes Australia in May, the royal author said: “That was something that puzzled the royal household tremendously.

“Their tour of Australia was a wild success, more successful than Kate and William’s, in terms of crowds and the adulation.

“She [Meghan] wanted to be able to talk about the causes that she cared about as her, as opposed to being a representative figure in the monarchy.

“There was a real sense of disappointment when she came home that somehow she was a star beyond, you know, anything one had seen before, except for Diana, really, on this tour.

“I guess, it was the star power essentially that she felt now was bigger than what she was allowed to do in the monarchy.”

Just over a year after Meghan and Harry’s Australia tour they announced plans to step back as working royals.

The Sussexes officially ended royal duties in March 2020 for a new life in the US.

They have set up home in the celebrity enclave of Montecito with their two children Archie and Lilibet.

Their post-royal careers include deals with Netflix and Spotify to make shows and podcasts.



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