Lady Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton has claimed that Meghan Markle may have felt frustrated not being able to speak for herself.
During Channel 5’s documentary Harry and Meghan: The New Revelations, airing tonight at 9pm, the royal author, best known for writing Diana: Her True Story, reveals how he feels for ‘poor’ Meghan , who had wanted her to do the best when she joined the royal family.
The documentary delves deep into the upcoming book Finding Freedom and focuses on the events that led to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior royals and move to the US.
It follows the couple’s trajectory from their engagement to their first year of marriage, strained press relations and rumors of a split from The Firm.
Commenting on the Duchess of Sussex’s first steps as a royal, Morton claims that the stubborn woman of the 21st century Meghan would struggle to conform to the royal rule of thumb of ‘say nothing’ – adding that Finding Freedom heralded her chance was to set the record straight.
Channel 5 documentary, Harry and Meghan: The New Revelations, airing at 9pm tonight, delves into the claims of the upcoming book Finding Freedom, in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex share their views on the run-up to Megxit (pictured in London on March 5)
While authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves have denied any royal involvement, some have claimed that Harry and Meghan are behind some of the most telling quotes in the bombshell book.
Morton goes on to say that he believes Finding Freedom was Meghan’s way of expressing how she approached the royal family and how “ she was appalled by the easy criticism of everything she tried to do. ”
“She’s frustrated that she hasn’t been able to give her side of the story,” he explains.
“All kinds of stories have come out about her and she hasn’t been able to answer, and it’s something that she found extremely frustrating.”
Andrew Morton (pictured) attends press night after party for ‘The Diana Tapes’ at the Stockwell Playhouse on June 26, 2018 in London
Morton adds that Prince Harry’s apparent animosity towards the media, and especially to tabloids and paparazzi, has only grown stronger over the years.
The documentary touches on the fact that as an active, outspoken feminist and who wanted to speak about various political issues, Meghan would experience a ‘culture clash’ with the traditional – and white – royal family.
Morton also says he feels the modern woman Meghan wanted to do her best when she moved to the UK to be with Harry.
“I feel for this poor girl, I mean, she came into this country with a parachute jump,” he explains. ‘She marries into a very difficult family, which is difficult for everyone to enter.
And she’s someone who didn’t know a whole lot about British history, British culture and as she said herself, ‘she’s going from scratch’.
“And she ran to the ground, but she found she ran into a brick wall.”
Morton says Meghan Markle wanted to do her best in the early days of her engagement to Harry in 2017. In the photo, the announcement of their engagement at Kensington Palace in London on November 27, 2017
Looking back on Meghan’s first engagement to the Queen, which took place in Merseyside in 2018, Morton says Meghan ‘tried her best’ but had no idea how to behave.
She didn’t know protocol, she didn’t know etiquette. I’ll give you a perfect example, ‘he explains. ‘She went to Liverpool with the Queen and she’s on the chairs and it’s a windy day.
“She doesn’t know which side of the car to get in, get out of, which hand to hold her purse in, and that kind of confusion you see in her face.”
“Meghan, even though she’s an actress, has had to trade the red carpet for the royal road show.”
Lady Colin Campbell, who wrote Meghan and Harry’s real story, doesn’t share Morton’s sentiment, saying the Duchess was too American to fit in with the royal family.
“Meghan has very American expectations, she’s all about confidence, go-getting, hustling and all that Hollywood stuff that she’s raised as desirable,” she explains.
Harry and Meghan: The New Revelations airs on Channel 5 Saturday at 9pm.