Prince Harry is “mostly” at fault for not preparing his wife, Meghan Markle, for life in the royal family, a royal biographer has claimed.
Robert Jobson, who wrote Prince Philip’s Century, has claimed that Prince Harry may not have prepared Meghan Markle properly for life in the royal family.
He said that the Duke of Sussex “maybe… didn’t want to explain what life was really like as a royal, fearing that it might” put her off if she fully understood “how hard she would have to work.”
He also suggested that Prince Harry offered a “lack of guidance,” which may have resulted in Meghan’s lack of insight into how the royal household and the hierarchical structure would work.
The royal expert said: “He’s not the sharpest guy, but maybe he didn’t want to explain it.”
Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, stepped down from their roles as senior working members of the royal family last year and now live in California with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, soon to be two years old.
Jobson said that while people might think it is a “glamorous” life in the royal family, it is “hard work” and speculated that perhaps Meghan Markle did not “fancy” it.
He then revealed: “It’s hard work being a member of the royal family. People think it’s not, but it is. It’s not glamorous, and maybe she didn’t fancy that after at all.”
He explained that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared to struggle with the “pecking order” within the family and perhaps could not understand why Prince William and Kate Middleton seemed to have the upper hand.
He stated: “When she saw that she had the little house and William and Kate were the number one couple, she probably didn’t understand that and thought. Well, we can do better than this and start commercializing the royal family,” well, frankly, that’s not acceptable.”
He added that he blames Prince Harry for not telling the former actress the hard truth about all the royal life/duties entail.
He claimed: “I blame Harry really because he knew the story, but he wanted his cake and to eat it, and you can’t do that.”
Andrew Morton shared his theory as to why it was so hard for Meghan Markle to transition into the royal family by saying: “You learn it through experience, and it takes a long time. Even Catherine Middleton, she had the support of her family, she was British and knew what was expected, but no one can prepare you for the level of intensity and level of interest in you. You have got to be quite strong both inside and outside to survive, and it takes a long time. I think with Catherine, it has taken her a long time.”
The Sussexes’ explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March has left the royal family “very upset,” according to sources, with one claiming that Prince William will struggle to ever forgive Meghan Markle.
One of the main reasons is claimed to be the accusations Meghan Markle made against Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, saying that she had made her cry.
A source has said that Meghan would have known “Kate is powerless to fight back,” and Prince William thought it was “unfair” towards his wife.
Dan Wootton explained: “Prince William cannot countenance the way the Duchess of Sussex has treated his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attempted to try and help Meghan understand the responsibilities of royal life, but her efforts were constantly misinterpreted.”
He continued: “But to name Kate so publicly during the Oprah interview as the person who made her cry was beyond the pale. Meghan would have been acutely aware that Kate is powerless to fight back. Despite her growing confidence in public, Kate is a deeply sensitive woman who likes to stay behind-the-scenes as much as possible to support her family and the country. William thinks the way she has been treated is unfair.”
The power couple does not appear ready to make real concessions to the royal family.