The Times published portions from Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low.
Insiders say the duchess imagined she would marry the Queen’s grandson and become Britain’s Beyoncé, but she got disgusted by the rigorous norms and standards of royal life and felt “cornered and misunderstood” by The Firm.
The Queen was reportedly compelled to put her foot down over Megxit during the Sandringham summit, when the royals discussed Harry and Meghan’s future.
Mr. Low says the royals met in Sandringham five days after the Duke and Duchess declared they will exit the EU on January 8, 2020.
The Queen asked all four royal families to work fast to find a solution.
In the days that followed, secretaries from the four families met in Clarence House, then at Buckingham Palace.
Prince William’s private secretary, Simon Case, reportedly ‘spoke to both sides’
These suggested letting the Duke and Duchess one month every year for their own interests or taking few engagements and focusing on other hobbies.
These options include a ban on making decisions for personal or friend financial gain.
Former palace insider: Meghan thought she’d be the UK’s Beyoncé. Her royal rank grants that. She found so many absurd rules that she couldn’t do private things, which was difficult.
Someone said it was impossible because monarchy and fame couldn’t communicate.
According to them, the palace wouldn’t accept “who she wanted to be” as a working royal.
Mr. Low says the queen believes the pair “cannot carry out official tasks” unless they follow royal regulations.
A source told Mr. Low you can’t be inside and outside simultaneously. With such clarity, it’s hard to say, “Why not 10% instead of 20%?”
The author said this meant the Queen wouldn’t compromise.
He said the couple felt ‘cornered and misunderstood’ by the Palace’s ‘initial inflexibility’
Prince Harry first emailed his father, then Prince Charles, about their worries and desire to visit the US, but was told a “full family chat” couldn’t be had until January 29, 2020.
Mr. Low wrote that the couple’s request to quickly address the situation was poorly received.
As a result of her answer, the prince set up a private meeting with the Queen, but it was canceled when he learned she was no longer available and confused by her diary arrangements.
Courtiers saw the meeting as a chance for the Duke to win the Queen’s favor before more extensive negotiations.
A source warned Mr. Low that two people may interpret a private conversation differently.
According to the book, Harry considered unexpectedly visiting Sandringham to see the Queen.
In Mr. Low’s book, Meghan allegedly bullied staff members, threw fits when she wasn’t compensated for royal visits, and made them cry.
New book claims Meghan didn’t understand why she had to shake hands or go on walkabouts in Australia in October 2018.
Staff say she said, “I can’t believe I’m not getting paid.”
In The Times, Mr. Low writes of Meghan’s behavior of her colleagues, including a meeting in which she berated a young female employee over a plan.
When told that a new strategy would be difficult, Meghan answered, “Don’t worry.” If I could ask someone else, I would.
Meghan reportedly admonished a staff member after a press mix-up at an engagement.
Last year, the Duchess’ lawyers disagreed that any staff workers were bullied and praised Miss Cohen’s help.
The couple’s US team was working on a variety of agreements in August 2019, before their departure to Africa, including ones with Netflix, Harry’s mental health series for Apple+, Meghan’s Disney voiceover, and a fall interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Samantha Cohen, a former aide to the Queen, recommended an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby.
The Duke of Sussex agreed, despite Meghan’s hesitation, as long as they didn’t conduct the interview together or appear in the same frame.
Insiders say the couple got gifts from jewelry, perfume, and fashion companies while living at Kensington Palace.
Since it’s traditional for royals to refuse commercial gifts, their PA’s refusal damaged Meghan’s relationship.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Prince Harry toned down his bombshell book out of anxiety that it “wouldn’t go down very well” following the Queen’s death.
Fall publication was planned for the memoirs. The Duke, who is writing the book as part of a £40 million three-title deal, has demanded revisions.
His request may indicate he’s ready to approach the Royal Family with more kindness, but it might cause problems for his publishers.
“Harry’s thrown a wrench in the plans,” says a source. After the Queen’s death, her burial, and his father Charles’ ascension, Edward wants changes.
According to the author, publishing the book shortly after these occurrences may not seem good. He wants quick changes. It’s not new. He must alter. Too late?
Given his seven-figure raise, insiders say the Duke has little “wiggle room.”
According to The Mail on Sunday, Penguin Random House rejected the first manuscript for being “too touchy-feely” and focusing too much on mental health. Penguin Random House rewrote it.
It’s unclear whether the Duke wants to address these new charges in his memoirs, which he’s labeled as a “accurate and true” chronicle of his life. New book makes shocking charges about Harry and Meghan.
Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown author Valentine Low makes devastating accusations, including:
Meghan couldn’t believe she wasn’t compensated for appearances and walkabouts.
The Duchess raged at workers, making several weep, and stated, “It’s not my business to coddle them”
Sources say Harry and Meghan’s staff deemed Meghan a “narcissistic psychopath” and called themselves the “Sussex Survivors’ Club”
Former employee: Meghan was “obsessed with that storyline from day one” and wanted to be “rejected” by the Royal Family.
Edward Young and Clive Alderton got “terrible emails” from Harry;
Harry and Meghan’s November 2019 trip to Canada was so secret, even their nanny didn’t know;
Harry feared Prince George would “become insignificant” at age 18.
Meghan contacted one assistant every 10 minutes while out to dinner on Friday and the following day.
The Duchess clashed with courtiers over free apparel and jewels;
Meghan told a royal employee six months before their engagement that she’d soon be a boss.
The Queen was surprised by Meghan Markle’s decision to wear all-white to her wedding, according to The New Royals by Katie Nicholl.
When he spoke to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Queen’s funeral, King Charles “saw “tremendous flickers of hope” and thought he could even be able to heal the relationship,” according to royal insiders.
As the Royal Family gathered to lament in the wake of the late Queen’s passing, the king had chats with his son and daughter-in-law that gave him cause for optimism.
According to a royal insider, “The King continues to love both of his children.”
There have been a lot of glimmerings of hope during the past 16 days or so. There is hope for a cause for togetherness in the future.
These discoveries about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex follow a number of others.
According to a shocking new book, the couple had wanted to relocate to a “suite of flats at Windsor Castle,” but were instead handed Frogmore Cottage.
According to accusations made in Katie Nicholl’s book, The New Royals, Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 41, reportedly had their eyes set on a home in the Queen’s Berkshire estate but were disappointed.
In an excerpt that was first published in the Mail On Sunday, Nicholl writes, “When Harry and Meghan announced their wish to move out of Kensington Palace, the Queen offered them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor Great Park as their new home.”
They had hoped for a particular set of apartments at Windsor Castle, but this was not it. Although she passed away in 2020, Lady Elizabeth Anson remembered it as a kind act.
The cottage was a significant event, she claimed. Their cottage is very adjacent to the Queen’s entrance to the gardens.
Essentially, it is her back yard, her private space, and her seclusion. By giving Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage, she was giving that up. We all believed that she had acted extremely boldly. I hope they’ll respect it, she remarked.
The couple finally moved in in April 2019. Then, the Royal Household, or in other words, Harry and Meghan’s office, was transferring from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace, which was revealed by Buckingham Palace the next month.
Nicholl notes that the decision was particularly noteworthy because it put an end to Harry and William’s “double act” and was “very sad” for the Queen.
Elsewhere, according to Nicholl, the late Queen was taken aback that divorcee Meghan chose a white wedding gown and reprimanded the Duchess for criticizing a cook who was making her a special dinner.
Although the Queen had concerns about the stark white of Meghan Markle’s Givenchy dress, created by Clare Waight Keller, the author stated that “[Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s] wedding day was a fantastic success.”
The Queen was astonished when Meghan wore nothing but white on her wedding day, a source said. She holds the opinion that if you’ve been married previously, you should wear off-white on your wedding day, much like the Duchess of Cornwall did. This may be a generational thing.
The Queen, however, made an effort to get to know the new Duchess since she was eager to encourage anyone getting married into her family.
“Meghan’s straightforward approach had even caught the Queen’s attention,” she continued. One insider claims that during a visit to Windsor Castle for a menu sampling during the engagement period, Meghan got into a heated argument with a staff member.
Meghan told one of the caterers she could taste egg while she was at the castle tasting some of the food, the insider claimed. When the Queen unexpectedly entered, she said, “She was quite upset, saying that the dish was meant to be vegan and macrobiotic. Meghan, we don’t talk to people like that in this family.
One of two bombshell books with explosive claims about the Royal Family was published by Royal editor Nicholl.
Another book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, asserts that before realizing she detested the rigid rules of royal life and later sensationally resigned from her duties, Meghan thought she would be the “Beyoncé of the UK” when she married Prince Harry.
The Times published a preview of the book, which included allegations that the Queen was compelled to intervene in the Megxit situation and told the Sussexes they had to choose between staying or leaving at the crucial Sandringham meeting where the royals decided Harry and Meghan’s future.
Mr. Low claimed that five days after the Duke and Duchess declared their intention to retire as senior working royals on January 8, 2020, the royals convened in a ‘Sandringham summit’.
The Queen wanted all four royal households to come together quickly in the early discussions to find a solution.
Secretaries from the four families attended meetings that were held in the days that followed at Clarence House, then at Prince Charles’ residence, before the talks were relocated to Buckingham Palace.
According to the newspaper, Simon Case, Prince William’s personal secretary, was also involved and “talked to both sides.”
These featured five potential outcomes, such as allowing the Duke and Duchess one month each year for their own interests or accepting few engagements and spending the majority of their time on other pursuits.
A general prohibition on making decisions for monetary or material gain – either for oneself or friends – would be one of these alternatives.
According to a former palace insider, Meghan believed she would become the UK’s Beyoncé. Her status as a member of the royal family would confer that.
Whereas she found that there were so many absurd regulations that she couldn’t even do the things that she could do as an individual, which is difficult.
One person, however, claimed that it was an impossible endeavor because the two realms of monarchy and celebrity couldn’t understand one another.
According to them, the Duchess would not be able to conform to the stereotype of a working royal since the palace would not accept “who she wanted to be.”
According to Mr. Low, the monarch herself believed that the couple would “not be able to carry out official tasks” unless they were willing to abide by the regulations that apply to all working royals.
You cannot be inside and outside at the same time, a source told Mr. Low. And if you have such clarity of thought, it’s very challenging to say, “Why don’t we go 10% this way instead of 20%?”
The author claimed that this indicated the Queen had eliminated the possibility of compromise.
He added that the Palace’s ‘initial inflexibility’ over the couple’s request left them feeling ‘cornered and misunderstood’ by the institution.
Regarding their worries and desire to move to the US, Prince Harry first emailed his father, then Prince Charles, but was informed that it required a “full family chat” that could not be had until at least January 29, 2020.
The couple, who had intended to swiftly address the situation in response to their request, felt this was poorly received, Mr. Low wrote.
The prince set up a private meeting with the Queen as a result of her response, but it was canceled after Harry was informed that she was no longer accessible and had been perplexed by her diary arrangements.
The meeting was viewed by courtiers as a chance for the Duke to earn the Queen’s favor before starting more extensive negotiations with the royal family.
A source warned Mr. Low that there was a chance that two persons may interpret a private chat extremely differently.
According to the author, Harry thought about driving to Sandringham unannounced to meet with the Queen but decided against it.