According to a new book called “Gilded Youth,” the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, was very unhappy in the Royal Family and had misconceptions about what life would be like. The book’s author, Tom Quinn, wrote that he spoke to a former staff member of Kensington Palace who remembered Meghan and said that there was a great divide between what she expected and what she experienced as a member of the Royal Family. The insider added that Meghan was a “global superstar” who was “being told what she could and could not do, what she could and could not say,” and that she “hated it.” Another source said that Meghan was “dazzled” by the worldwide fame of being a princess but was shocked that she was “never first in the pecking order.” A third source stated that Meghan likes to “mix exclusively” with celebrities and was unhappy being treated as “a servant of the people” instead of a star.
In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan claimed that she did not look up her husband online when they started dating and knew little about the British Royal Family. She also admitted that she had to Google the British national anthem and repeatedly practiced singing “God Save The Queen,” which she had taught herself online, before joining the Royal Family. She claimed that “the wave is not a thing” and joked that she did not want to flail her hands “like an American.”
Tom Bower, a royal author, appeared on GB News and spoke to the MailOnline’s Dan Wootton about Meghan’s misconceptions about the Royal Family. Bower claimed that Meghan was “money-obsessed” and was surprised and disappointed that Prince Harry “had very little money.” Bower also said that the couple could not afford their current lifestyle as working members of the Royal Family, and Meghan wants to “ride in the big Cadillacs, the private jets on command.”
Bower also claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s attendance at the coronation has the potential to “ruin” the coronation and “overshadow” King Charles. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to be invited to the Coronation on May 6, despite the fallout from Harry’s explosive memoir Spare.
Before quitting the series to move to the UK, Meghan was reportedly paid $50,000 for every appearance in Suits and went on to star in more than 100 episodes. In his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, royal biographer Andrew Morton claimed that Meghan started charging £15,000 for every speaking engagement following her UN speech in March 2015. Meghan has a reported personal fortune of £4 million, mainly from her acting work and property in Canada. After leaving the Royal Family, the couple signed a deal with Netflix and included their explosive six-part documentary series, reportedly paid up to £88 million for the show. It was also reported that the couple signed a £30 million podcast deal with Spotify to host their own shows as part of Archewell Audio. In the Oprah interview, Prince Harry said he had to rely on his inheritance in the wake of Megxit. He said: “I’ve got what my mum left me. Without that, we wouldn’t have been able to do this.” Harry is also reported to have inherited around £20 million from his mother, Princess Diana, who died when he was 12. The Queen Mother also left him up to £7 million.