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Meghan Markle’s Hollywood background would have hit monarchy ‘like a hurricane’

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Meghan, 40, and her husband Prince Harry, 36, dramatically parted ways with the Firm last year. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the UK amid reports of a major rift between them and other royals. The couple later settled in Montecito, California, where they are now raising their two children, Archie Harrison, two and Lilibet Diana, two months. Meghan was born and raised in Los Angeles and starred on the US legal drama, “Suits” before she married Harry.

Her LA upbringing and experience in the world of showbiz may have proved quite the shock for the Firm, according to an unearthed interview with royal commentator Ashley Pearson.

Speaking for the 2021 documentary “Secrets Of The Royal – The Markles vs. The Monarchy”, Ms Pearson explained how the worlds of Windsor and Tinseltown collided.

She said: “I think Meghan’s Hollywood background would have hit the Royal Family like a hurricane.” 

Meghan was widely reported to have been welcomed warmly into the Royal Family after her and Harry’s relationship became public.

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Harry’s grandmother the Queen even took the unprecedented step of inviting the Duchess to her Sandringham for Christmas, while she was still engaged to Harry.

The festive celebrations at the monarch’s country estate in Norfolk are usually only reserved for royals and their spouses.

However, once the Sussexes were married, signs soon began to emerge that their apparent fairy-tale relationship wasn’t all that it seemed.

As Meghan and Harry embarked on a 10-day tour of Africa, the Duchess admitted in an ITV documentary that she had been “struggling”.

Meghan said the pressures of being a mother to Archie and the media interest in her had affected her mental health.

When asked by news anchor Tom Bradby about the impact on her health, Meghan said: “Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable.”

She added: “So that was made really challenging and then when you have a new-born … especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot.

“So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed.”

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Months later, Meghan and Harry announced that they would step back as senior royals and become financially independent of the monarchy.

Since stepping down from their royal roles, the pair have given their own account of what life behind the walls of Buckingham Palace is really like.

In a dramatic two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, the Sussexes lifted the lid on their royal experience.

Meghan told the US chat show legend that she had suffered suicidal thoughts but that the royals hadn’t given her the support she needed when she’d reached out to them.

She also said her mixed-race heritage had been questioned while she had been pregnant with Archie as one royal apparently asked her “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.

As well as the Oprah interview, Meghan and Harry have also pursued a string of other projects since leaving the Royal Family.

The couple have signed lucrative deals to produce content for Netflix and Spotify, and last month Harry announced he would publish a memoir in 2022.
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