'Harry's showgirl' Meghan was not trusted by royal courtiers, claims book: 'She came with a lot of baggage'
A new book, ‘Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family’, has claimed that courtiers in the royal family believed Meghan Markle was not a trustworthy person. The upcoming explosive biography also states that as soon as Meghan was introduced in the royal family, tensions emerged. Speaking about the 38-year-old, a courtier claimed in the book: “She comes with a lot of baggage.” While another stated that, “There's just something about her I don't trust.” A third source has deemed Meghan as “Harry's showgirl”, The Daily Mail reported.
Besides, the book has also claimed that the Duchess of Sussex believed she was facing much of the criticism in the royal household because she was a woman of color. One friend of Meghan even said that palace officials described her as “Duchess Different”, as per a Sunday Times report. The friend whose identity has not been revealed said: “That's what people have a problem with. She's the easiest person in the world to work with. Certain people just don't like the fact she stands out.”
The Times and Sunday Times have obtained extracts from ‘Finding Freedom’ written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. The book has suggested that Harry and Meghan were forced to leave the royal palace after a story broke that they were shifting to Canada permanently. The authors also said that a royal source denied leaking the story but blamed the pair for it coming out as “they were frustrated at the palace in the talks that were going on... They wanted to force the decision, to break it open.”
In January, Harry and Meghan announced their stepping down from their senior royal duties to live a financially independent life. On January 8, they took to their official Instagram account to share the news as well as set up the website sussexroyal.com. “It offered clarity on their decision to be financially independent, which was not only to have more freedom in their work but to remove the tabloids' justification in having access to their lives,” Scobie and Durand wrote while adding the Sussexes’ new website shocked everyone.
“Aides and family members knew the couple wanted to step back, but the website, which laid out the details of their half-in-half-out model as if it were a done deal, put the Queen in a difficult position,” the authors stated.
Though Buckingham Palace released a statement a few minutes after Harry and Meghan’s announcement, an insider said the Queen and Prince Philip were “devastated”. “The element of surprise, the blindsiding of the Queen, for the other principals who are all very mindful of this, rightfully, it was deeply unsettling,” a senior member of the household said in the book. “The family is very private and bringing it into the public domain, when they were told not to, hurt the Queen. It was laying out what the Sussexes wanted in a statement without consulting with Her Majesty first - and she's the head of the institution.”
Harry and Meghan are currently living in Los Angeles, California, in Tyler Perry's $18 million mansion with their son, Archie. The luxurious mansion includes eight bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and is located on 22 acres on top of a hill in the Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community.