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Meghan and Harry ‘against the world’! Sussexes showing ‘resentment’

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly returned to the UK for their week of charity events. Meghan Markle, 41, and her husband Prince Harry, 37, are understood to have travelled from the US on Sunday, ready to kickstart their jam-packed week in the prince’s home country today. They will first attend the One Young World 2022 Manchester Summit, where the couple are expected to meet with delegates who are “doing outstanding work on gender equality”, something Meghan has been successful in championing in recent years with various initiatives.

On Tuesday, they will travel to Germany to mark one year until the Invictus Games takes place in Dusseldorf, before returning to the UK for the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday. 

It has been reported that the Sussexes are staying at their former royal residence, Frogmore Cottage, during their stay in the UK. 

This puts them just a short walk away from Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s new home, Adelaide Cottage, which also sits on the Windsor estate. 

Despite their close proximity to the Cambridges, Meghan and Harry are understood to have no plans to visit William, Kate and their three children.

The Sussexes also have no plans to see Harry’s father Prince Charles or grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, both of whom are spending the last days of summer on the Balmoral estate in Scotland. 

Their apparent snub of their royal relatives comes after the couple faced fierce backlash for their swipes at the Royal Family in the Duchess’ latest interview with The Cut magazine.

Russell Myers, royal editor at The Daily Mirror, claimed the Sussexes’ “bubbling resentment” for the Firm was evident as their “us against the world” mentality resurfaced.

During last week’s episode of Pod Save The Queen, Mr Myers said: “There is still the bubbling under of resentment about how Meghan perceives that she was treated by the media, perceives that she was treated by people within the monarchy, how she felt that she was being constrained by the ‘men in grey suits’ — the actual hierarchy of the monarchy.”

Zoe Forsey, the podcast’s host, mentioned Harry’s brief cameo in the interview, during which he talked about working side-by-side with his wife in their shared office. 

The prince claimed: “Most people that I know and many of my family, they aren’t able to work and live together.”

Journalist and interviewer Allison P.Davis noted the Duke’s “vocal eyeroll” in his enunciation of family. 

Harry continued: “It’s actually really weird because it’d seem like a lot of pressure. 

“But it just feels natural and normal.”

Speaking about the prince’s comment, Ms Forsey said: “He said: ‘People I know… and many of my family’ — that bit with family wasn’t needed, he didn’t need to add that detail in.”

Mr Myers added: “The concept of them very much feeling as though it is them against the world is evident.”

He referred to Meghan’s story about teaching their three-year-old son manners, during which she recalled a lesson she learned from a friend’s mum: salt and pepper are always passed together. 

The Duchess told The Cut: “She said, ‘You never move one without the other.’ That’s me and Harry. We’re like salt and pepper. We always move together.”

Mr Myers continued: “They do feel as though it is them against the world and I don’t know whether it needs to be. 

“I think that the fallout is so dramatic now and it is being made worse by every single word on this page, with every single that Meghan utters about the fact that ‘we’ve moved out of the family, I’ve got my voice, I’m happy to just be me’ — she delivers a veiled threat in all of this by saying: ‘I can say anything.’”

He added: “We haven’t even got onto Harry’s book yet.”

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Last summer, it was announced that the Duke of Sussex would be releasing a tell-all memoir later this year. 

When Harry’s publisher, Penguin Random House, announced the launch, the prince said: “I’m writing this, not as the prince I was born, but as the man I have become.

“My hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that, no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”

He added the account will be “accurate and wholly truthful.”

Some royal experts have indicated that Harry may use his memoir to speak about the rift between him and his family, particularly his reportedly strained relationship with his father.

Author Andrew Morton, who famously wrote a biography on Diana, Princess of Wales told the Royally Us podcast last year: “If I was Prince Charles, I’d be looking for a pile of coats to hide under.

“Because I think that the book that’s going to come out next year is written by someone who spends a lot of time investigating father-son relationships because he ghost-wrote a book on Andre Agassi, who had a difficult relationship with his father.

“So I think we’re going to see Charles once more in the firing line.

“So if I was Prince Charles, I’d be looking for a hard hat and a flak jacket.”

However, others believe Harry will not use his book to launch an attack on his family and instead will “focus on himself”. 

Appearing on an episode of the Royally Us podcast last month, Tom Sykes, The Daily Beast’s royal correspondent, discussed the upcoming memoir with hosts Christine Ross and Christina Garibaldi.

He said: “I really wonder whether this kind of narrative has gained a bit of ground — that it’s going to be all about sticking machetes in the backs of the royals and doing one over on his father — I just really doubt that is going to be the case.

“I think that in the Oprah interview they kind of did that, and the Apple documentary they kind of did that.

“They went for Charles and I think, frankly, it made them look petty.

“I think if he’s [Harry] smart, he will have realised that that is not the way to go and focus very much more on himself.”

He continued: “This book is the opportunity for them to turn the page on looking bitter and angry in the Oprah interview, which I do feel they ultimately did not come out brilliantly.

“They didn’t land a killer punch on the royals.

“Harry, in particular, came across as a bit of a whinger in that interview and I think that the book is a really important and valuable opportunity to press the reset button.”

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