Meghan Markle delivers speech at UN Women conference in 2015
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s relationship with the Royal Family appears to be at its lowest point, more than a year after they slashed their ties with the Firm last year. In the aftermath of their infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry’s brother Prince William reportedly tried to hold talks with his sibling, which ultimately failed to find a way forward. The bond between the Sussexes and Buckingham Palace took yet another nosedive, after it emerged the Queen had reportedly “banned” Meghan from borrowing any jewellery from the Royal Collection.
This means Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, will no longer be able to wear an array of glittering pieces including diamond necklaces, brooches and tiaras.
But prior to the huge fallout, Meghan had worked hard to integrate herself within the Royal Family, including with her dedication to detail in ensuring she represented the monarchy well, royal commentator Ashley Pearson claimed.
Speaking on last year’s Amazon Prime documentary Meghan Markle: Changing Traditions, Ms Pearson noted how the Duchess of Sussex was even spotted with a big dossier of notes when she went for a royal tour in 2018.
She said: “Not long after their wedding, in fact, their first official royal tour was that Meghan and Harry went off to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand together, for around 16 days.
Meghan Markle ‘spent awful lot of time’ with ‘big binder of notes’ on Royal Family life
Meghan Markle visited Fiji on her first royal tour after her marriage
“This was a big deal. This was the first time that Meghan and Harry were going to represent the monarchy, and the British people abroad in the Commonwealth.
“I’m sure Meghan spent an awful lot of time figuring out her clothes, knowing she would be scrutinised at every minute, as well as planning speeches, remarks, memorising the names of the people they would be meeting, and their advisers.
“It would have been a lot of homework. In fact, we very famously saw Meghan getting off the plane when she arrives, at the very beginning of the royal tour, carrying a big binder of notes.”
Just a year later and the tensions of Royal Family life, and the public scrutiny that comes with the role, were laid bare while Harry and Meghan were on a trip to southern Africa.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent 16 days on the continent
The couple spoke passionately about mental health, and appeared to criticise some for not asking how Meghan had been while a member of the Royal Family.
Harry, too, discussed how he and his brother were on different paths, and six months later the Sussexes would complete their final royal duties.
In the 2020 pro-Sussex biography Finding Freedom, penned by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Meghan even claimed that the move away from the royal spotlight didn’t necessarily have to have happened.
According to Mr Scobie, Meghan told him that “it didn’t have to be this way”, as she appeared for the last time at a Commonwealth service in March last year.
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Ashley Pearson appeared on the documentary
The book claims she told a friend: “I gave up my entire life for this family.
“I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are.
“It’s very sad.”
Some commentators argued Meghan may have been trying to do too much in her new role within the monarchy, including Tanya Gold, who said her “lack of success” behind Palace walls would have upset the Duchess.
Ms Gold said: “She is a perfectionist, and her failure to succeed at royalty clearly grates.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry charmed during their 2018 visit
In a piece for the New York Times, she added: “This book says: ‘I did my best. I could not have done more’.
“But the truth is, [Meghan] did too much.”
More recently, reports suggest William and his father Prince Charles want to leave Harry and Meghan to “sort things out on their own” as they want to “unite” the Firm in “getting back to business”.
Russel Myers, the Daily Mirror’s royal correspondent, told talkRADIO this week that the Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales “want to draw a line under Harry and Meghan” as they move forward with their roles inside the Firm.