Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert discusses couple's future
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Royal author Robert Jobson “blames” Megxit on Prince Harry, who he believes failed to explain to Meghan what life is within the Royal Family, bound by tradition and service. The author of the book Prince Philip’s Century said: “It’s a combination of Harry and Meghan’s fault, mainly Harry for not explaining it to her properly.”
He told Page Six: “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.”
The Firm’s focus, he continued, is on “service and helping others”.
Mr Jobson said: “It’s not to do with helping yourself. I’m afraid that’s what’s happened here.
“I blame Harry really because he knew the story but he wanted his cake and to eat it and you can’t do that.”
Knowing the work to be done within the Royal Family, the importance of the pecking order and what to expect could have prevented Meghan and Harry’s fallout with the rest of the Firm, according to the commentator.
He said: “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 commercialising the Royal Family,’ well frankly that’s not acceptable.”
While Mr Jobson believes the Duke of Sussex was at fault, he does not entirely absolve Meghan either.
He said: “It’s up to you to do your own homework if you want to marry into a prestigious family.”
Meghan spoke about her lack of preparation when she arrived in the Royal Family during her landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey.
After saying Megxit was not planned and she had “left everything” to be with Prince Harry, Meghan said: “I wrote letters to his family when I got there, saying, ‘I am dedicated to this. I’m here for you. Use me as you’d like’.
“There was no guidance, as well, right? There were certain things that you couldn’t do.
“But, you know, unlike what you see in the movies, there’s no class on how to… how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal.
“There’s none of that training. That might exist for other members of the family. That was not something that was offered to me.”
The Duchess went on saying she had to research the national anthem “late at night” and learned by herself hymns for church because she didn’t want to embarrass the royals by being unprepared and “wanted to make them proud”.
Speaking about her first meeting with the Queen, she also revealed Harry told her while on their way to the meeting point in Windsor she was meant to curtsy to his grandmother and asked her whether she knew how to do it.
She recalled: “I thought genuinely that’s what happens outside, that was part of the fanfare. I didn’t think that’s what happens inside.
“I go, ‘But it’s your grandmother’. He goes, ‘It’s the Queen!’”
Meghan’s claim she was left completely without guidance when it came to training in her early days as a royal appears to clash with the fact one of the first people to join her team was Samantha Cohen, a former member of Her Majesty’s personal team who was reportedly appointed to support the Duchess in her transition from former actress to senior royal.
A source told the Daily Mail in the wake of the Oprah interview: “It is very disingenuous to make such a sweeping generalisation.
“There was a brilliant team of very experienced and loyal aides to help them.
“Sadly, she and Harry were willing to listen to no one. And that is the honest truth.
“The Queen gave her Sam, her most trusted, her safest set of hands.”
Meghan and Prince Harry officially broke away from the Royal Family in late March 2020, three months after announcing their intentions to create a new role within the Firm.
This would have seen the couple no longer dependant on the Sovereign Grant, in a bid to become freer from press scrutiny, and based both in North American and the UK.
While pursuing financially profitable ventures to finance themselves, the Sussexes’ plan would have seen them still carrying out royal duties for the Queen and the Crown.
However, little of what they hoped for was granted to the Duke and Duchess when Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles and the Queen discussed the terms of the Sussexes’ exit.
Today, Meghan and Harry are financially independent, can live abroad and can pursue financial ventures, but need also to pay for their own security and can’t carry out royal engagements.
They also lost the right to use the word royal in their branding and can’t use their HRH styles.
Meghan and Harry were also asked to return their royal and military patronages.
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