Meghan Markle rejected royal life as it was not glamorous enough, says author: 'A civil servant in a tiara'
Royal author Ashley Pearson believes that it was Meghan Markle who was the driving force behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moving to California
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step down as senior royal members continues to be a topic of debate. The death of Prince Philip has invited further scrutiny from the public and royal commentators regarding the couple's decision to move to California, and recent claims suggest that Meghan stepped down because she found that royal life was 'unglamourous'.
Author Ashley Pearson has now claimed that the driving force behind the decision to step down was Meghan despite the couple claiming that it was a joint decision in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. A report in the Express quoted her as saying, "She had no idea how unglamorous it really is to be a royal and when she found out she would be a civil servant in a tiara, she was like, ‘no way.’”
The report also claimed that Meghan, who is politically driven, felt frustrated as a royal who are expected to stay neutral. She once referred to former US President Donald Trump as “divisive” and “misogynistic”, and even as an active member of the royal family she addressed the issue of climate change and also actively supported women's right movements.
She said in the Oprah interview, "I’ve always worked. I’ve always valued independence. I’ve always been outspoken, especially about women’s rights. I mean, that’s the sad irony of the last four years, is I’ve advocated for so long for women to use their voice, and then I was silent.” When Oprah asked if she was "silent or silenced", Meghan responded with "the latter". Meghan had also spoken about how she related to Ariel's character in Disney movie 'Little Mermaid', especially feeling that like the character she too lost her voice after having fallen in love with a prince.
Meanwhile, Meghan has not accompanied Harry to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral which is to be held on April 17. Harry has already arrived in London and is currently in quarantine. Meghan, who is currently pregnant with the couple's second child, was advised by her doctors to not make the journey.
After Philip's death on April 9, the couple posted a tribute on their Archewell website and said, "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed." As per reports, Buckingham Palace said, "The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend. The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel. So the Duke will be attending."
Omid Scobie, a reporter who has covered Meghan extensively, said, "Prince Harry will attend his grandfather's funeral on Saturday (following all US and UK Covid-19 protocols in the process). A source adds that Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, made 'every effort' to travel but didn’t receive medical clearance from her physician."