Meghan Markle didn’t understand that Princess Diana had to ‘work like a dog’ for more than a decade within the Royal Family before becoming a ‘global humanitarian superstar’, a royal expert has claimed.
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine today to discuss her new book The Palace Papers, ex-Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, claimed that Meghan ‘didn’t understand’ her role’ when she joined the royal family.
The former Suits star looked to the example of Princess Diana and thought that she could follow the same path, but Tina argued that she did not recognise the ‘great deal of very humdrum assignments’ Diana undertook on behalf of the Firm before she became the icon she remains today.
Royal expert Tina Brown said that Princess Diana had to ‘work like a dog’ for more than a decade within the Royal Family before becoming a ‘global humanitarian superstar’
Meghan Markle is pictured attending the Invictus Games opening ceremony at Zuiderpark earlier this year
Speaking of the Australian tour, Ms Brown said: ‘She didn’t like it at all. She found the whole representational job of suppressing your own views and representing the monarchy, for her [it] was just an anathema.
‘It’s not how she viewed her role, the world, she did not understand the point of it and for her, yes she was a great success, but it was not something she wanted to do.
‘I think that was her fundamental sense of misunderstanding of what was going to happen when she joined the Royal Family – she saw the palaces and Diana as this global humanitarian super star, but forgot that for 16 or 17 years Diana worked like a dog within the Royal Family doing a great deal of very humdrum assignments.
‘It was her charisma she brought to the job that made her so extraordinarily special.’
Diana’s biographer, Ms Brown, said today that Meghan, 40, ‘didn’t understand’ her role and felt that suppressing her own views while representing the Royal Family was ‘just an anathema’ during an appearance on Lorraine today
Ms Brown pointed out that Diana – who she described as an ‘agent of change from within’ – left the Firm because of the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles.
‘Actually Diana was always a change agent within’, she said. ‘She didn’t leave the Royal Family because she said “i’m out”, she got divorced. Her husband wasn’t in love with her, that was the agony for her’.
‘She made the greatest thing she could. She took that suffering and turned it into her remarkable work, which was really real and important.
‘After she was out of the Royal Family she became much more global, not only because she wanted to be, but because she couldn’t really be anything but that because she was part of the royal machine’.
Ms Brown said that it’s ‘unfair’ to blame Meghan for the breakdown of Prince William’s relationship with her husband – revealing that there were ‘real cracks’ after Harry left the army and ‘began to feel marginalized’ as William began to be groomed as future king.
Ms Brown claimed Meghan didn’t understand that Princess Diana had to ‘work like a dog’ for over a decade within the Royal Family before becoming a ‘global humanitarian superstar’. Diana is pictured on her first royal tour of Australia in 1983
Ex-Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown revealed in her new book The Palace Papers that she ‘hated’ touring Australia with Prince Harry in October 2018. Meghan is pictured visiting Bondi beach in Sydney during the tour
Prince Charles and Diana during their tour of Australia and New Zealand in the Spring of 1983. The royals are pictured outside Government House in Canberra
She explained: ‘The common wisdom is Meghan broke up the brothers that’s unfair…she reinforced it, the situation reinforced that problem.
‘But the fact is Harry and William had begun to have a growing dissidence between then harry was so happy in the army, he had ten amazing years he served his country went twice to Afghanistan. It was a great success, his whole military career.
‘But when he came out he felt sort of rootless, a bit lost and he kind of rattled around while his brother was set on the path for kingship.
‘William was being groomed to be king, his destiny was clear his path was clear and at that point the memo sort of hit him that he was number two and he would be treated as number two.
Prince Harry and Meghan visit a local farming family at the Woodleys in Dubbo, Australia during their 2018 royal tour
Prince Harry and Meghan attend the Wheelchair Basketball Final at the Invictus Games in 2018
‘He began to feel marginalized and when he started Invictus Games, [it was a] giant success and a wonderful initiative, but really it was like a superstar moment for Harry and he kind of realised “I can do this myself I have my own power base” and it was at that point he met Meghan.
Ms Brown reportedly discovered Meghan’s opinion of Australia through a former Palace staffer, who told her she was more interested in ’causes she wanted to spotlight’.
‘So, Meghan must have been thrilled with it all … right? No. She apparently hated every second of it.
‘She didn’t understand why things were set up in that way. Instead of being excited when thousands of people showed up at the Opera House, it was very much like, ‘What’s the purpose? I don’t understand this’,’ a Palace employee told Brown.
The Sussexes completed 75 engagements in 16 days across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga during the whirlwind tour – all while Meghan was in the early stages of her first pregnancy.