By Vanessa Allen for Daily Mail
The Duchess of Sussex believed her marriage to Prince Harry would make her the “Beyonce of the United Kingdom,” according to a new book.
The ex-actress thought life within the royal family would bring the US singer similar fame and recognition but hadn’t appreciated the rules and responsibilities that came with her new role, sources said.
A palace source cited in the book, excerpts of which emerged yesterday, said it was “inevitable” that Meghan would not fit into the tightly regulated world of the royal household and claimed aides had a hard time dealing with her to work together. Others said there was a sense that she “wanted to be turned away” by the royal family so she could return to the US and make money.
A Palace insider said: “I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyonce of the UK. Being a part of the royal family would give her that praise.
“Whereas she discovered that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn’t even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough.”
The insider slammed the way the palace was handling the Megxit negotiations after the couple said they wanted to live abroad, saying it was “incredibly incompetent”. But another former adviser said talks were “an impossible task”.
The source said: “I think within Meghan and the household there were two worlds that had no experience of each other, had no way of relating to each other, had no way of understanding each other.
“Meghan would never fit into that model and that model would never tolerate the Meghan that Meghan wanted to be. So I think it was inevitable that they couldn’t work together.’
Meghan Markle thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK when she married Prince Harry, a bombastic new book claims. Pictured, the Sussexes meet Beyonce and Jay-Z (R) on July 14, 2019
The deterioration between the couple and their palace team is detailed in a book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Throne, by journalist Valentine Low. Published in the Times, it contains allegations about Harry and Meghan’s behavior towards their aides, including claims that the Duchess had brought some staff to tears.
Sources told the author that Meghan’s team described her as a “narcissistic sociopath” and later referred to herself as the Sussex Survivors’ Club – a nickname first revealed by the Mail last year.
The couple’s private secretary, Samantha Cohen, is also said to be among the core members.
The book includes claims that Miss Cohen was “bullied” and claimed a source once said: “Sam always made it clear that it was like working for a bunch of teenagers.
“They were impossible and pushed her to the limit. She was unhappy.” Meghan’s lawyers have always denied that Miss Cohen was bullied, claiming the allegations were part of a smear campaign.
“They added that the couple was always grateful to Miss Cohen for her support and dedication. The Duchess has categorically denied any bullying. According to the book, several aides felt manipulated by the former actress, commenting, “We were being played.”
A former employee told Low: “You [Meghan] wanted to be rejected because she was obsessed with this story from day one. The Megxit crisis unfolded in 2020 after the Duke and Duchess declared they wanted to leave Britain but remain working royals. But the Queen eventually decided they could only perform official duties if they followed the same restrictions that applied to other senior royals.
The Sussexes decided to start a new life in California and land lucrative deals with companies like Netflix and Spotify. A source who knew Harry well said Meghan had shown the prince “the utmost kindness”. They said: “We knew he was unhappy, but we didn’t really know what the solution would be.
“She came by and found the solution.” Earlier excerpts from the book claimed Meghan whined about the public engagements and tours that are expected of a senior royal, saying, “I can’t believe I’m not getting paid for this.” Harry is also said to have “terrible emails.” sent to both the Queen’s private secretary and Charles’ private secretary. The book claimed the Sussexes’ staff wanted to help the couple, but eventually came to believe that Meghan had always wanted to leave the royal family to return to the US.
So far, the couple has not commented on the book.
Palace assistants believe the Duchess of Sussex was deliberately laying a “trail of evidence” as she carefully planned her departure from the royal family, a new book claims.
It’s been claimed that her aides – who dubbed themselves the “Sussex Survivors’ Club” after Meghan and Harry gave up their roles – called the Duchess a “narcissistic sociopath”.
Excerpts from Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown by Valentine Low were published by the Sunday Times last night.
The book details the Sussexes’ deteriorating relationship with their staff – a “succession of… decent people” who believed in Meghan and “would have done anything” to help the couple succeed.
But it is claimed that aides have come to believe Meghan’s departure was premeditated and that “one of [her] Concerns were whether she would be able to make money for herself.
A former collaborator told the author, “She wanted to be rejected because she was obsessed with this narrative from day one.”
And sources said her team reportedly repeatedly said of her, “We were played.”
Extracts allege that Ms Cohen, who had 17 years’ experience working at the Palace, frequently told Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, and Clive Alderton, Charles’ private secretary, that if all went wrong the Palace needed evidence of the duty of care who had shown it to Harry and Meghan.
Duty of care was key. ‘[Sam] was a broken record with them,” a source said.
The book cites a source as saying Ms Cohen was “bullied” and that nothing she did was ever good enough for the couple. A source is said to have once said, “Sam [Cohen] always made it clear that it was like working for a bunch of teenagers. They were impossible and pushed her to her limits. She was unhappy.”
Lawyers for the Duchess last year denied Miss Cohen was bullied and said the couple are always grateful for her support and dedication.
They have also long called such allegations “massively inaccurate” and that the Duchess has “absolutely denied” bullying anyone.
While an inquiry launched by Buckingham Palace concluded it would look into how bullying complaints were handled, it did not say Meghan had actually bullied anyone.
Tensions were compounded by Harry and Meghan’s “deteriorating relationship with Alderton and Young,” according to the book.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey said: “Meghan perceived Young as the inflexible, bureaucratic figure who summed up what was [wrong] with the BP [Buckingham Palace] mentality, and the feeling was mutual. Young really didn’t like Meghan’s style anymore.
Harry was just as dismissive of the two senior courtiers as Meghan. A source said: “He used to send them horrible emails. So rude.’
Their escape plans were laid out in the utmost secrecy.
The book states, “When Harry and Meghan went to Canada in November 2019 for their six-week break… Meghan wouldn’t even tell her nanny, Lorren, where they were going.”
Meghan confided in one of her employees that the couple would not be coming back, according to the book, but others didn’t find out until January 2020.
“They found it difficult to accept being abandoned…” the book says. “Some of them were in tears.”
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