Meghan Markle wrote about Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding on her blog years before meeting Harry – despite telling Oprah she didn’t know much about the royals.
In her bombshell talk with the chat show host, Meghan claimed: “I didn’t grow up knowing much about the Royal Family.
“It wasn’t something that was part of conversation at home. It wasn’t something that we followed.”
The Duchess of Sussex made the revelation during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, where she also claimed that she never Googled Prince Harry before they met.
Speaking in the interview, she admitted: “I went into it naively because I didn’t grow up knowing much about the royal family. I didn’t fully understand what the job was.”
Meghan, 39, confessed that she was so naive that when she first met the Queen at The Royal Lodge in Windsor, she “didn’t know how to curtsy.”
However, on her now-defunct blog The Tig, Meghan previously published a post in 2014 about “grown women’s” obsession with royalty.
Meghan also refers to her now sister-in-law Kate as “Princess Kate” and talks about the “pomp and circumstance” surrounding her.
She wrote: “Little girls dream of being princesses. I, for one, was all about She-Ra, Princess of Power.
“For those of you unfamiliar with the ‘80s cartoon reference, She-Ra is the twin sister of He-Man, and a sword-wielding royal rebel known for her strength. We’re definitely not talking about Cinderella here.
“Grown women seem to retain this childhood fantasy.
“Just look at the pomp and circumstance surrounding the royal wedding and endless conversation about Princess Kate.”
The Tig blog post accompanied an interview with Princess Alia Al-Senussi, a descendant of Libyan royalty, and Meghan claimed she had a “pinch-myself-I’m-emailing-with-a-princess” moment during their correspondence.
Meghan’s childhood friend Suzy Ardakani also alleged her pal was interested in the royal family and said the pair would watch Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles.
Suzy’s mum previously told the Mail: “I always loved Diana and I have her biography, which I gave Meghan to read.
“I videoed Diana’s wedding back in 1981, and I would watch it with Suzy and Meghan all those years later.
“They would also see items about her on TV.”
How Meghan’s shocking claims stack up
In the wake of Meghan and Harry’s bombshell TV interview, some details are already being questioned.
Meghan’s View: The Palace went against protocol to deny her mixed-race son the title of prince and subsequent security.
What We Know: Archie wasn’t entitled to become a prince at birth – but can take that title when his grandfather Charles takes the throne.
Long-established Royal rules limit the title of prince and princess to the monarch’s children and grandchildren and those in the direct line of succession.
But even with the title, taxpayer-funded security isn’t guaranteed – as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie can attest.
Meghan’s View: There was no support from the “institution” when Meghan struggled with her mental health and, in the end, Megxit was the only way she and Harry could protect themselves.
Harry also struggled. “I had no idea what to do. I wasn’t prepared for that. I went to a very dark place as well,” he said of his wife’s plight.
What We Know: Meghan’s revelations about feeling suicidal while pregnant were among the most shocking of the interview, especially as she said she was denied help when she explicitly asked for it.
Prince Harry has previously been candid about his own mental health, revealing Prince William convinced him to get counseling after he was “very close to a complete breakdown”.
Harry, Meghan, William and Kate have all been vocal in campaigning for mental health support and work with charities in the field, so it has surprised some commentators that Harry and Meghan weren’t able to access the help needed directly if others failed to step up.
Meghan’s View: “Three days before our wedding, we got married … just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
What We Know: There are some pretty strict rules around weddings, such as needing witnesses.
The private ceremony would have been a wonderful way for the couple to celebrate their love and exchange personal vows before the televised extravaganza at Windsor Castle, but, as has since been acknowledged, it wasn’t legally binding.
Meghan’s View : Amid preparations for the real wedding, there was a clash with future sister-in-law Kate, and Meghan was left in tears. Kate apologised, but when a false narrative emerged in the media that it was Meghan who made Kate cry, the Firm failed to protect Meghan and correct it.
What We Know: There are two very different sides to the story, and no one expects the Duchess of Cambridge to front the media about it any time soon, so it’s hard to know the exact truth.
However, the counterclaims keep coming.
Reports in The Times have since claimed Meghan slammed the door in Kate’s face when she took flowers to the Sussexes’ home in an attempt to mend fences.
Meghan’s View: “When I joined that family, that was the last time I saw my passport, my driving licence, my keys – all of that gets turned over.”
What We Know: Much of Meghan’s interview detailed how she felt both trapped and unsupported in her new role, and having official documents taken away would only highlight her loss of agency.
On a practical level, we know many royals happily drive themselves around – Prince Philip only stopped in 2019, aged 97, after a headline-making crash.
The Australian also notes Meghan went overseas regularly “including to her ostentatious baby shower in New York”.
Meghan’s View: She hadn’t googled Harry or his family before they got together and was totally taken aback by Royal protocol, such as having to curtsy to the Queen even in a family meeting behind closed doors.
What We Know: Previous reports from the favourable biography Finding Freedom, would suggest both Harry and Meghan were a bit more clued up about each other before they first met.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote: “Naturally, both participants in this blind date did their homework with a thorough Google search. Harry, who scoped out Meghan on social media, was interested.”
Less convincingly, Meghan’s half-sister Samantha has suggested a famous photo of a teenage Meghan outside Buckingham Palace indicates a stronger interest in the royal family than she cares to admit.
Another one of Meghan’s friends, Ninaki Priddy, revealed her and Meghan were photographed outside Buckingham Palace together during a visit to London in 1996.
She claimed: “Meghan was always fascinated by the Royal Family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0.”
Meanwhile, biographer Andrew Morton wrote: “Aged 16, she watched the funeral of Diana with her friends, tears coursing down their cheeks at the poignant moment when the cameras zoomed in on the royal coffin.”
The Duchess of Sussex also claimed in her Oprah Winfrey interview she was the one left in tears – saying Kate had been “upset about something” over the flower girl dresses in the lead up to the Royal Wedding.
During the interview with Oprah, Meghan said that Kate was a “good person”.
But she said she had struggled after reports of the incident surfaced several months after the wedding – saying it had been a “turning point”.
The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey that “nothing is what it looks like” as she made a string of explosive allegations about her life in the Royal family.
The sisters-in-law attended the Wimbledon women’s final in July 2019, and were famously pictured laughing together in the royal box during Serena Williams’ showdown with Simona Halep.
Referencing the Wimbledon trip, Oprah asked: “Was it what it looks like? You are two sisters-in-law out there in the world, getting to know each other.
“Was she helping you, embracing you into the family, helping you adjust?”
Appearing to dodge the question, Meghan replied: “My understanding and my experience for the past four years is that it’s nothing like what it looks like.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to feel “desperately sad” about the estrangement of Meghan and Harry, but still hold out hope of a reconciliation.
The aide spoke of the estrangement of the Sussexes from the royal family as seeming “irreversible”.
During the interview, Meghan also revealed she told Prince Harry she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and begged the Firm for mental health support – but was denied help as it “wouldn’t be good for the institution”.
The Duchess also claimed that Archie wasn’t made a prince after “concerns and conversations” about “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.
In a response, the palace said the comments would be taken “very seriously” but added that “some recollections may vary” when it came to the allegations.
The bombshell revelations come amid fears Meghan may never return to Britain after the chat.
Source : The Sunnews.com.au
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