Queen did NOT end Meghan Markle's acting career, told her she could continue acting if she wished: Biographer

'They did say to Meghan if you don't want to embrace royal duties full time please be our guest and continue her acting career. Those opportunities were open to her,' said Andrew Morton, journalist and royal biographer


                            Queen did NOT end Meghan Markle's acting career, told her she could continue acting if she wished: Biographer
Queen Elizabeth II with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony in Halton, Cheshire, England (Getty Images)

Before she was Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was famous as the paralegal Rachel Zane in the USA Network show ‘Suits’. She left the acting world behind when she married into the royal family. As per new reports, however, the Queen gave Meghan several options for different paths they could take, including suggesting that the Duchess of Sussex continue with her successful acting career. 

British journalist Andrew Morton, who has published biographies of royal figures such as Diana, Princess of Wales, and even the Duchess of Sussex titled ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’; has claimed that the Royal Family "gave them the opportunity to go wherever they pleased". Morton is known for his supposedly unauthorized biographies of celebrity subjects, including Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie. 

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Speaking on the ‘Royally Obsessed’ podcast, Morton said, "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'."

He added, "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 her acting career. Those opportunities were open to her."

Morton believes that neither Prince Harry nor Meghan gave the options enough thought, and deciding instead to become full-time working royals. He said, "I think neither of them gave it the thought they should have done. I think that famous warning from Prince William of 'steady on, think about what you're doing', that Harry bridled at, was probably meant more with affection.”

"I think William understood more than Harry that becoming a member of the royal family is a tough gig. You think about Catherine Middleton. She's British, she's grown up with the traditions, obviously she was a commoner but she has a very sound and strong family,” he said.

In contrast, Morton said, "Meghan didn't have any of that. She's American, she didn't have a clue about the royal family. In a way, Harry should have been a bit more careful of that and spent a bit more time with their engagement and their courtship. It takes a long time."

Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on November 30, 2017, in Chichester, United Kingdom (Getty Images)

Back in 2017, during the couple's first joint interview, which aired on the BBC, Meghan explained why she made the decision to quit acting. "What’s been really exciting, as we talk about this as the transition out of my career... is that the causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on," she said. "You realize that as you have access, or a voice that people are willing to listen to, [it comes with] a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously."

Meghan that she was excited to learn more about different communities and organizations in the UK, "that are working on the same causes I've always been passionate about."

Asked about the decision to give up her career, she responded: "I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter. And keep in mind I’ve been working on my show for seven years. We were very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series. For me, once we hit the 100 episode marker, I thought, I have ticked this box and I feel really proud of the work we’ve done there and now it’s time to work as a team with [Harry]."

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