Meghan had burned too many bridges by time she quit royal family with Harry: 'The knives were effectively out'
“The Palace is run by a hierarchy of advisors, aides and equerries who hold the real power... Once Meghan cut herself free of those strings, there was no way back and the knives were effectively out," says author Dylan Howard
A new book about the Sussexes revealed that Meghan Markle had essentially "burned too many bridges" in her short stint in the royal family and by the time she had decided to leave her in-laws behind, "the knives were effectively out."
When Meghan, a former Hollywood actress, got married to Harry, the former prince and still sixth in line to the British throne, it was evident that there was going to be an adjustment period. But what experts did not anticipate was how impossible Meghan would find the transition into the Duchess of Sussex. Investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett, the authors of 'Royals at War,' said that the actress refused to accept the stringent rules under the royal family.
One insider told the authors: “Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment. However, there is a different degree of respect in the royal household.” Other sources claimed that Meghan “found the constraints of royalty frustrating.” And it was not only the mother-of-one who struggled to adjust with the new normal.
Five royal aides reportedly quit or relocated in months after her wedding to Harry in May 2018. One of them was a senior female protection officer who was said to be “exasperated” because Meghan did not heed the advice of her security staff not to venture into risky crowd situations, Express reported.
One of the biggest shocks came when Meghan got “tired of Palace advisers and communications teams” and attempted to replace it by choosing a high-profile PR team to boost her public image. Her choice for the same was the company Sunshine Sachs who previously represented Michael Jackson.
The move left an “indelible stain” on relationships between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the members of the royal family, the book said. The authors claimed in the new book, that releases on July 15, that Meghan was up by 5 am and her staff would be bombarded with messages from quite early in the morning. She also allegedly rushed to support any and every charity would doing proper research or considering the details of her patronage. "It was all too rushed, without proper research," a source told the authors.
“Meghan had burned too many bridges," Howard claimed, about the days leading up to Megxit. “The Palace is run by a hierarchy of advisors, aides and equerries who hold the real power. It is a b**chy, cliquey place. Once Meghan cut herself free of those strings, there was no way back and the knives were effectively out.
Despite the claims in the book, the royal family never hinted that there was any rift with the Sussexes even after the couple announced back in January this year that they would be quitting the monarchy and moving away from England.
At the time, Buckingham Palace said in a statement “The Royal Family respect and understand the wish of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex” to live a more “independent life as a family”, adding, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will become privately funded members of The Royal Family with permission to earn their own income and the ability to pursue their own private charitable interests. The preference of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex was to continue to represent and support Her Majesty The Queen albeit in a more limited capacity, while not drawing on the Sovereign Grant.”