The Queen, 94, pushed for the royal protocol to remain the same when Meghan Markle, 39, joined the family despite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's
The Queen, 94, pushed for the royal protocol to remain the same when Meghan Markle, 39, joined the family despite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to do things differently. Royal expert Roya Nikkah explained the rift between the Sussexes and the royals is likely to have stemmed from their approach to the monarchy as senior royals wanted to keep things the same. When Meghan and Harry stepped down from their roles, the Queen said they couldn’t be “half in, half out” from their royal duties.
The acknowledgement of the tension between royals was confirmed in the book, Finding Freedom, by many insiders.
Speaking to True Royalty TV, Ms Nikkah spoke about what has been learnt from the book on Meghan and Harry.
She said: “The overriding headlines seem to be pretty much what we already knew for the likes of royal correspondents that there were frictions inside palace walls and there were frictions between the Sussexes and other members of the Royal Family.
“I think reading those extracts, the feeling was that they wanted to try to do things a different way.
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“Perhaps the Royal Family were quite keen for everyone to carry on with the very successful way of doing things.
“Overall, I took from this a great sadness in the rift that royal correspondents have previously reported on appears to be very much evident and still ongoing. It’s sad.”
Her comments come as the Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father has reportedly said he is disillusioned by the woman she has become.
Thomas Markle also responded to the new book about Meghan and Harry by criticising the timing of its publication, saying it comes across as a collection of complaints at a time when thousands of people are dying from COVID-19.
Speaking to The Sun, Mr Markle said: “I love my daughter but I really don’t appreciate what she’s become right now.”
In reaction to the release of Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the 76-year-old told the paper: “This is the worst time in the world for them to be whining and complaining about anything – because people everywhere are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
While some media commentators have alleged collusion between the Sussexes and the book’s authors, a spokesman for Harry and Meghan has said the couple did not contribute.
Finding Freedom also details the drama leading up to Meghan’s wedding to Harry, when it was revealed Mr Markle was paid for helping to set up paparazzi photos of himself near his Mexico home.
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Mr Markle responded by saying his daughter was not above colluding with the media in the same way and that she had arranged paparazzi shots while acting in TV drama Suits before she met Harry.
Mr Markle told The Sun, which stressed it did not pay him for the brief interview: “Apparently Meghan has made deals with the paparazzi. She planned it.
Mr Markle did not attend his daughter’s wedding. The book says Meghan was still desperate for him to be there, despite publicity over his involvement with the paparazzi, but that he did not respond to her texts and voicemail messages in the days before the event.
Meghan’s father suffered a heart attack around the same time, which he said would have prevented him from flying to London in any case.