Meghan Markle ‘upset people early on’ when she joined The Firm and was ‘not as charming as she seemed’, royal experts claim
- Royal experts have claimed Meghan Markle, 39, upset people from early on
- Author Robert Lacey claimed Prince William suspected Meghan had ‘an agenda’
- Penny Junor said ruffled a few feathers with her ‘showbiz-y approach’ to royalty
Royal commentators have claimed that Meghan Markle’s arrival into The Firm ‘upset’ people from early on.
Speaking in the explosive ITV documentary Harry and William: What Went Wrong, which aired last night, several royal watchers revealed sources had criticised the Duchess of Sussex, 39, from an early stage.
Robert Lacey, who penned Battle of Brothers, was told by a source close to Prince William, 39, that the American actress had an ‘agenda’ from the outset.
Royal experts have claimed Meghan Markle ‘upset’ people early after appearing on the royal scene, while royal author Robert Lacey, who penned Battle of Brothers, said sources close to the Duke of Cambridge claimed he suspected she had an ‘agenda’ (pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured announcing their engagement on November 27 2017)
‘Someone close to William told me William felt from an early stage that Meghan had an agenda,’ Lacey said in the ITV programme.
Meanwhile, Junor, who’s followed the tribulations of the royal family for years, said: ‘I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people.
‘She was not as charming as she seemed.’
She went on to criticise the way the Sussexes had publicised their rift with the royal family during an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7.
The Duchess of Sussex, pictured on May 10 doing an interview for the Vax Live concert in California
‘Harry and Meghan’s approach is not just Californian, it’s showbiz-y, celebrity. Our Royal Family are not celebrities. They are working members of a public institution.
‘I was appalled by the Oprah interview. These are not statements that should be made for public consumption. This is the sort of thing that should happen in the privacy of a psychiatrist’s couch,’ she said.
In late June, Lacey claimed in a new edition of Battle of Brothers, that royal sources close to the Duke of Cambridge has said Meghan could be a ‘500 per cent nightmare.’
The author also claimed an angered Prince William had once huffed: ‘But look at the way that bloody woman treated my staff — merciless!’
This came at a time of heightened scrutiny surrounding the treatment of Kensington and Buckingham Palaces’ staff by the newest royal addition, which resulted in an official probe.
Much controversy surrounded last night’s ITV documentary after it surfaced that Omid Scobie, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biographer, had suggested palace sources briefed newspapers over concerns about Harry’s state of mind following an interview he gave.
Harry had spoken with journalist Tom Bradby in 2019 where he admitted to a rift with his brother for the first time. And Mr Scobie has now claimed a negative spin was subsequently put on that interview by palace sources.
Omid Scobie, pictured, who wrote Finding Freedom, claimed Prince William’s staff had planted negative stories about Prince Harry’s mental health after the Duke of Sussex said the two brothers were on ‘different paths’ during an ITV documentary on his trip to South Africa. His comments were scratched from the documentary William and Harry: What went wrong, airing last night
Kensington Palace is believed to have contacted the producers in relation to a ‘number’ of details. One of these was a clear rebuttal of Mr Scobie’s suggestion that William had expressed a ‘concern’ about his brother’s mental health, which the author had no evidence to support.
William is a dedicated campaigner on mental health issues and would take a dim view of any suggestion that he or his staff would brief about that.
It is understood that after ‘carefully considering’ the palace’s request, ITV chose to remove any reference to mental health from the sequence, although they chose to keep in Mr Scobie’s comment about an alleged briefing from Kensington Palace relating to Harry.
Reunited: Prince Harry and Prince William exchanged a few words before unveilling a statue of their mother in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden on Thursday 1 July