Lady Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton has claimed that Meghan Markle was frustrated by the fact she could not speak for herself.
Speaking during the upcoming Harry and Meghan: The New revelations, airing this Saturday on Channel 5, the royal author, most famous for writing Diana: Her True Story, told how he felt for ‘poor; Meghan who had wanted to do her best when joining the royal family.
The 9pm documentary takes a deep dive into the upcoming book Finding Freedom, and focuses on the events which led to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior royals and to move to Canada and then California.
It follows the couple’s trajectory from their engagement to their rocky first year of marriage, strained relationships with the press and rumours of a rift with The Firm.
Commenting on the Duchess of Sussex’s first steps as a royal, Morton claimed opinionated 21st-century woman Meghan was bound to struggle to adapt to the ‘say nothing’ royal rule of thumbs.
He added Finding Freedom was Meghan’s chance to set the record straight.
The documentary dives into the claims of upcoming book Finding Freedom, which gives the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s perspective on the lead up to Megxit (pictured in London on March 5)
While both the authors Omie Scobie and Carolyn Durand as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves have denied any royal involvement, some have argued Harry and Meghan are behind some of the most telling quotes in the bombshell book.
Morton said in the documentary that he believed Finding Freedom was Meghan’s way of trying to explain how she approached the royal family and ‘how she was dismayed by the easy criticism of everything that she was trying to do.’
‘She’s been frustrated by the fact that she’s not been able to give her side of the story,’ he said.
‘All kinds of stories have come out about her, and she’s not been able to answer back, and it’s something she’s found immensely frustrating,’ he added.
Morton added that Harry’s apparent hostility for the media, and especially for tabloids and paparazzi, had not wavered throughout the years, and had in fact only grown stronger.
The documentary touches on the fact that Meghan, being an active, outspoken feminist and wanting to speak on different political issues, was going to experienc ea ‘culture clash’ with the traditional – and white – royal family.
Morton also said he felt that modern woman Meghan wanted to do her best when she moved to the UK to be with Harry.
Morton said Meghan had wanted to do her best in the early days of her engagement to Harry in 2017
‘I feel for this poor girl, I mean, she came into this country, parachuted in. She’s marrying into a very difficult family, that everybody finds difficult to come into,’ je said.
‘And she’s someone who didn’t know an awful lot about British history, British culture and as she said herself ‘she’s gonna hit the ground running”.
‘And she hit the ground running, but she found she came up against a brick wall,’ he added.
Looking back at Meghan’s first engagement with the Queen,which took place at Merseyside in 2018, Morton said Meghan ‘was trying her best’ but had no idea how to behave.
‘She didn’t know the protocol, she didn’t know the etiquette. I’ll give you a perfect example,’ he said.
‘She went up to Liverpool with the Queen, and she’s sitting on the chairs and it’s a windy day.
‘She doesn’t know what side of the car to get into,to get out of, what hand to hold her handbag in, and yu can see that kind of confusion in her face,’ he added.
‘Meghan, even though she’s an actress, has had to swap the red carpet for the royal road show.
Lady Colin Campbell, who wrote Meghan and Harry, the real story, did not share Morton’s sentiment and said Meghan was too American to fit in with the royal.
‘Meghan has very American expectations, she is all about confidence, g0-getting, hustling, and all of those Hollywood things that she has been brought up to regard as desirable,’ she said.
Harry and Meghan: The New Revelations airs on Saturday at 9pm on Channel 5.