‘Can’t believe I’m not getting paid’: Meghan Markle whined about royal walkabouts, claims book
According to 'Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown' by Valentine Low, 'Meghan failed to understand the point of all those walkabouts'
In an upcoming book, ‘Courtiers', it is claimed that Meghan Markle whined about not being paid for walkabouts when on a royal tour to Australia. During their first royal trip of 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled for 16 days to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.
As the pair traveled the nations with an astonishing 76 engagements, huge crowds showed up to see them, as mentioned by The Mirror. According to a book published by Valentine Low, The Times' royal writer, Meghan, who wed Harry in May 2018, "enjoyed the attention" she got but did not comprehend the purpose of royal walkabouts. Low writes in ‘Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown’ that the Duchess of Sussex showed a "refreshingly informal approach to royal visits" which was "a hit with the Australian public." He adds that Meghan was seen as "an inspirational role model" during the tour. The book says, "When she turned up at the home of a farming family, she brought some banana bread that she had baked herself. When the couple visited a school to see the work of a programme to improve the educational outcomes of young Aboriginals, she was feted as an inspirational role model." However, in an excerpt shared by The Times, Low writes that behind the scenes of the tour "it was a different story".
Valentine Low's 'Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown' will be released by Headline Books on October 6, 2022. In the memoir, many insiders observed Meghan disregarding the royal protocol, missing the purpose of the visits with her casual approach. One part of the book reads, "Although she enjoyed the attention, Meghan failed to understand the point of all those walkabouts, shaking hands with countless strangers." Quoting unnamed members of staff, the book claims that Meghan was heard saying, "I can't believe I'm not getting paid for this." In addition, a tour participant is quoted in 'Courtiers' as saying that Meghan wanted to "bring in her people rather than turn to the traditional Buckingham Palace folks," but that this was "extremely difficult." Meghan was reportedly perplexed by the fervor of royal admirers, according to a prior source.
The insider claimed that upon seeing fans waiting outside the Sydney Opera House, Meghan said to the team, "What are they all doing here? It's silly." They were like, 'They're here because they admire and support a monarch and an institution that you're representing.'"