Meghan Markle ‘saved’ Harry from royal machine says new book
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could “believe they have been hung out to dry” after courtiers and some of their former employees launched blistering accusations and made claims against them in an upcoming book, according to a royal commentator. Duncan Larcombe, who wrote in 2017 Prince Harry: The Inside Story, said some of those who have spoken to royal experts and authors in recent months may have “felt aggrieved” by some of the statements made by Meghan and Harry since they stepped down as working members of the Firm.
The commentator told OK! magazine: “Meghan hasn’t held back when discussing the royals in the Oprah stint, her Spotify podcasts and her interview with The Cut.
“Harry and Meghan broke the golden rule of being royal – that you don’t sell out your family.
“Some of the people involved will have felt aggrieved at Meghan’s hands – and they’re free to speak to writers like Valentine.
“Harry and Meghan are going to see these accusations appearing in Valentine’s book and I think they are going to believe they have been hung out to dry.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer senior royals
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey took place in early 2021
Mr Larcombe referred in particular to the upcoming book by The Times’ royal correspondent, Valentine Low, titled Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown.
The book, to be released on October 6, analyses how the Royal Family has been operating behind closed doors for decades and how vital are aides and courtiers in keeping the institution running.
Extracts published so far from the book included claims on King Charles III, described as a “demanding” boss who expects a lot from his staff as he “is very demanding of himself” too.
But it also includes potentially damaging accusations against Meghan and Harry, claiming, among other things, that members of their former team “would later refer to themselves as the Sussex Survivors’ Club”.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals in the spring of 2020
Mr Low also alleged Meghan and Harry kept tightly under wraps their plans concerning their six-week break from royal duties, which started in mid-November 2019.
The author wrote the Duchess only disclosed to the family’s nanny they were flying to Canada when the “plane – a private jet – was in the air”.
Meghan officially joined the Royal Family upon marrying Prince Harry on May 19 2018.
As a wedding present, the late Queen created the couple Duke and Duchess of Sussex, set to be prominent working members of the Firm.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry publicly discussed their relationship with some members of the Firm
Meghan Markle attended with Kate, William and Harry a forum in February 2018
Meghan appeared willing to play her role as, months before the nuptials, during a joint appearance at the Royal Foundation forum with Harry and the now Prince and Princess of Wales, the former actress said she was hoping to “hit the ground running” with her charity work.
As a working member of the Firm, she collaborated on several projects, including the release of the cookbook Together in support of the Hubb Community Kitchen and the creation of a capsule collection raising items for the mentoring charity Smart Works.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals at the end of March 2020, three months after they announced they wanted to carve out a progressive new role for themselves.
Almost one year after settling down in California, the pair sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they launched damaging allegations of neglect and racism against the Firm.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live in California
While both Meghan and Harry spoke highly of the Queen and said they retained a good relationship with them, the Duke said he felt “really let down” by his father Charles and repeated he and his brother William were on “different paths”.
More criticism against the Firm and its members was expressed during other public appearances, with Harry seemingly disapproving of the upbringing he received from his father as he said during the mental health series he co-created for Apple TV+ titled The Me You Can’t See: “My father used to say to both William and I, ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you’.
“That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean your kids have to suffer. In fact, quite the opposite.
“If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, that you can make it right for your kids.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were last in the UK last month
More recently, in an interview with New York magazine The Cut released in late August, the Duchess said “forgiveness is really important” after being asked whether there is room for forgiveness between her and her royal in-laws and her own family.
Meghan, after revealing she was never asked by the Firm to sign a document barring her from telling her story, also said: “It takes a lot more energy to not forgive. But it also takes a lot of effort to forgive.
“I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.
“I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.”