The Queen told Meghan Markle she could carry on acting after joining the royal family, Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton says
- Andrew Morton said Sussexes could ‘go wherever they pleased’ after marriage
- Queen told Meghan to act if she did not want to ’embrace royal duties full time’
- Mr Morton fears neither the Duke nor Duchess gave options much consideration
The Queen told Meghan Markle she could carry on acting after joining the royal family if she wanted to, Princess Diana’s biographer has claimed.
Andrew Morton – who famously penned Princess Diana’s blockbuster biography in 1992 – said Meghan and Harry were given the opportunity ‘to go wherever they pleased’.
The Queen told Meghan she could forge ahead with a Hollywood career – which had seen her most-famously star as paralegal Rachel Zane in drama Suits – if she did not want to ’embrace royal duties full time’, Mr Morton said.
But he feared neither the Duke nor Duchess of Sussex gave the options as much consideration as they should have done.
In the couple’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview last month, Prince Harry claimed the royal family suggested Meghan continue to act because ‘there was not enough money to pay for her’.
He said there were ‘difficult conversations’ about how the Sussexes would contribute to the Firm once they were married, adding: ‘There was some real obvious signs before we even got married that this was going to be really hard.’
The Queen told Meghan Markle (pictured during her Oprah interview with Prince Harry) she could carry on acting after joining the royal family if she wanted to, Princess Diana ‘s biographer has claimed
Andrew Morton (pictured) – who famously penned Princess Diana’s blockbuster biography in 1992 – said Meghan and Harry were given the opportunity ‘to go wherever they pleased’
The Queen told Meghan she could forge ahead with a Hollywood career – which had seen her most-famously star as paralegal Rachel Zane in drama Suits (pictured) – if she did not want to ’embrace royal duties full time’, Mr Morton said
Speaking on Royally Obsessed podcast, biographer Mr Morton said: ‘[The Queen] gave them the opportunity to go wherever they please.
‘They were given a degree of latitude.
‘They were told “here are your first class tickets, pick which country you want to go to, we’re going to make you youth ambassadors for the Commonwealth”.
‘In fairness to the royal family, in fairness to the Queen, she did give them that opportunity to go wherever they pleased.
‘And also, they did say to Meghan if you don’t want to embrace royal duties full time please be our guest and continue your acting career.
‘Those opportunities were open to her.’
But he thinks ‘neither of them gave it the thought they should have done’.
Speaking on Royally Obsessed podcast , biographer Mr Morton said the Queen ‘gave them the opportunity to go wherever they please’. Pictured: The Royal Family in 2018
In the couple’s extraordinary interview with talk show host Miss Winfrey, Harry said there were ‘difficult conversations’ with his family about the Sussexes’ contributions to the Firm.
He added: ‘That was right at the beginning, when she wasn’t going to get security, when members of my family were suggesting that she carries on acting because there was not enough money to pay for her, and all this sort of stuff.’
Meghan claimed she only left the house twice in four months when she was living at the palace.
She alleged that officials took her ‘passport, my driving licence, my keys.’
The Duchess of Sussex also tearfully revealed that the stress of royal life made her suicidal when she was five months pregnant, claimed Archie was denied the title of prince because he is mixed-race and said Kate Middleton made her cry before she married Harry.
Earlier today, a source told Us Weekly that Prince William was reportedly left ‘reeling’ after the interview aired and is now ‘uncomfortable’ talking to his brother.
During the broadcast, Prince Harry hinted at the extent of the alleged rift between the two brothers.
He went on to claim he was ‘on different paths’ to William, saying: ‘I love William to bits, he’s my brother.
‘We’ve been through hell together, we have a shared experience, but we were on different paths.’
Prince Harry then allegedly shared private details of a conversation he had with Prince William with Gayle King, who said their chat had been ‘not productive’ – reportedly leaving the Duke of Cambridge ‘reeling.’
Speaking to Us Weekly, a source claimed: ‘He says it was a cheap shot to leak details of their private call and that he twisted the truth.’
Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex at Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on 11 March 2019
The source went on to claim the Duke of Cambridge ‘now feels uncomfortable’ talking to Harry on the phone and feels as though any future conversations could put him ‘at risk’ of exposure.
The source added: ‘He’s putting himself at risk of the same thing happening again.’
Following the bombshell interview, CBS presenter Ms King claimed she had spoken to the Sussexes who told her that Harry had talked to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales after the interview.
But she said the conversations were ‘not productive’ and the Sussexes were keen for the ‘royals to intervene and tell the Press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant’.
The source went on to claim the Duke of Cambridge ‘now feels uncomfortable’ talking to Harry on the phone and feels as though any future conversations could put him ‘at risk’ of exposure. Pictured, surprise appearance at the #SpotifyStreamOn event last month
Ms King, 66 – who is also close friends with Oprah – failed to give any examples of the stories she was referring to but added that Meghan had ‘documents to back up everything that she said on Oprah’s interview’.
She told CBS: ‘Well I’m not trying to break news, but I did actually call them to see how they were feeling, and it’s true, Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too.
Bombshells from the Oprah interview
– Meghan’s mental health
The Duchess of Sussex revealed she had suicidal thoughts and said: ‘I just didn’t want to be alive any more.’
She said she begged for help, and asked to go somewhere to get help, and approached one of the most senior people in the institution, but was told it would not look good.
The duchess said: ‘I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that I’ve never felt this way before and I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.’
– Baby Sussex is a girl
Harry and Meghan revealed they are expecting a baby girl. The duke joined his wife in the second half of the interview, and told the chat show host: ‘It’s a girl.’
He said his first thought was ‘amazing’ when he discovered they were having a girl, adding: ‘Just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing.
‘But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.’
Asked if they were ‘done’ with two children, Harry said ‘done’ and Meghan said: ‘Two is it.’
She also confirmed the baby is due in the ‘summertime’.
– Royal family accused of racism
Meghan said, when she was pregnant with Archie, an unnamed member of the royal family raised ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born’.
Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be ‘too brown’ and that would be a problem, Meghan said: ‘If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.’
Pushed by Winfrey on who had those conversations, Meghan refused to say, adding: ‘I think that would be very damaging to them.’
She added: ‘That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him, and I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalised conversations.’
– Archie’s title
Meghan suggested she and Harry wanted Archie to be a prince so he would have security and be protected.
The duchess expressed her shock at ‘the idea of our son not being safe’, and the idea of the first member of colour in this family, not being titled in the same way as other grandchildren.
Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne, is not entitled to be an HRH or a prince due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by King George V.
He will be entitled to be an HRH or a prince when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.
As the first born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, instead at the time of his birth, a royal source said Harry and Meghan had decided he should a regular Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
– The Prince of Wales
The Duke of Sussex said his father the Prince of Wales stopped taking his calls while Harry and Meghan were in Canada ‘because I took matters into my own hands. I needed to do this for my family’. He said Charles wanted him to put his plans in writing.
– The Queen
Harry denied that he had ‘blindsided’ his grandmother Queen with the bombshell statement about stepping down as senior royal.
The duke said he believed the report probably could have come from ‘within the institution’.
– The Duchess of Cambridge
Meghan said Kate made her cry ahead of her wedding. Reports circulated ahead of the Sussexes’ nuptials that Meghan left Kate in tears at Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting.
But Meghan told Winfrey the ‘reverse happened’.
Meghan said she was not sharing the information to be ‘disparaging’, but added it was ‘really important for people to understand the truth’.
‘She’s a good person,’ the duchess added.
‘The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive. But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation.
‘And I think what is still upsetting to them is the palace keep saying they want to work it out privately, but yet, they believe these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan, still.
‘No one in the Royal Family has talked to Meghan yet, at this particular time.
‘And I think it’s frustrating for them to see that it’s a racial conversation about the Royal Family when all they wanted all along was for the royals to intervene and tell the Press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant.
‘And until you can acknowledge that, I think it’s going to be hard to move forward.
‘But they both want to move forward with this and they both want healing in this family. At the end of the day, that is Harry’s family.’
During the interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said racism drove them out of Britain and claimed their son Archie was denied the title of prince because he is mixed-race.
The Duke of Cambridge was the first royal to personally respond to the racism allegations days after the interview aired when he spoke about mental health during a visit the School21 in east London.
At the time, he revealed that he had not spoken to his brother since it came out, but added that he ‘will do’.
It was also the first engagement for Kate since she was accused by Meghan of making her cry in the bombshell tell-all chat.
Meghan said: ‘She (Kate) was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised. And she brought me flowers’.
During the Oprah interview, Meghan also revealed details about their strained relationship, saying of pictures of them laughing at Wimbledon: ‘Nothing is what it looks like.’
She added that Kate being called ‘waity Katie’ in the press couldn’t compare to the alleged racism she faced.
Meghan also said she felt suicidal and turned to the palace’s HR representatives for help.
The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah she ‘couldn’t be left alone’ and told her husband she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’ before claiming the Buckingham Palace HR department ignored her plea for help because she wasn’t a ‘paid employee’.
Describing how she considered ending her life, believing it ‘was better for everyone’, Meghan said: ‘I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.
‘And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. I remember how he just cradled me. I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help.
‘I said that “I’ve never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere”. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution’.
She said that after confiding in her husband, she was forced to go to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event in January 2019, claiming photos from that night ‘haunt me’.
She told Oprah she later reached out to one of Diana’s best friends because she felt unsupported by the palace.
She said: ‘When I joined that family, that was the last time I saw my passport, my driving licence, my keys – all of that gets turned over’.
Meghan said Harry had ‘saved my life’ by agreeing to move to Los Angeles.
During the broadcast, Harry also claimed his brother was ‘trapped’ in the Royal Family.
Harry said he felt ‘very let down’ by his father Prince Charles, accusing him of refusing to take his calls.
He added that his mother Diana would be ‘angry and sad’ that he felt he had to leave the royal family, but ‘she saw it coming’.
Harry said: ‘All she’d ever want for us is to be happy’.
He said his wife had ‘saved me’, declaring: ‘I myself was trapped, as well. I didn’t see a way out’.
The Queen broke her silence on the interview, voicing her ‘concern’ over the issues raised, ‘particularly that of race’, although the Buckingham Palace statement added that ‘some recollections may vary’.
There has been much speculation about which member of the royal family they were accusing of racism. But during the interview the couple would not be drawn on who had deeply offended them.
Harry said: ‘That conversation, I am never going to share. At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.’
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