Meghan Markle hurt she ‘wasn’t number one’ as Sussexes had to be told ‘Queen comes first’

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Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, stepped down as senior royals in March and have since moved to LA with their son, Archie Harrison. But a new unofficial biography of the couple named, Finding Freedom, has detailed accounts of how the couple felt during their time in the Royal Family. Biographer, Angela Levin, has revealed the Duchess of Sussex didn’t feel “number one” due to the structure of the monarchy.

Speaking on ITV’s Royal Rota, Chris Ship asked a royal biographer: “It can’t be a surprise to Harry that in the monarchy the Queen comes first.

“It is the Queen, the heir to the monarchy and then Prince William. That’s the order of things.”

Ms Levin said: “I don’t think it was a surprise to Harry but what I think really upset him is Meghan felt she wasn’t number one.

“Diana taught them from the beginning about their sense of duty and working hard for the monarchy and how it works.

“They knew it back to front.”

Her comments come as the Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father has reportedly said he is disillusioned by the woman she has become.

Thomas Markle also responded to a new book about Meghan and Harry by criticising the timing of its publication, saying it comes across as a collection of complaints at a time when thousands of people are dying from Covid-19.

Speaking to The Sun, Mr Markle said: “I love my daughter but I really don’t appreciate what she’s become right now.”

In reaction to the release of Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the 76-year-old told the paper: “This is the worst time in the world for them to be whining and complaining about anything – because people everywhere are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

While some media commentators have alleged collusion between the Sussexes and the book’s authors, a spokesman for Harry and Meghan has said the couple did not contribute.

Finding Freedom also details the drama leading up to Meghan’s wedding to Harry, when it was revealed that Mr Markle was paid for helping to set up paparazzi photos of himself near his Mexico home.

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Mr Markle responded by saying his daughter was not above colluding with the media in the same way and that she had arranged paparazzi shots while acting in TV drama Suits before she met Harry.

“Apparently Meghan has made deals with the paparazzi. She planned it,” Mr Markle told The Sun, which stressed it did not pay him for the brief interview.

Mr Markle did not attend his daughter’s wedding. The book says Meghan was still desperate for him to be there, despite publicity over his involvement with the paparazzi, but that he did not respond to her texts and voicemail messages in the days before the event.

Mr Markle suffered a heart attack around the same time, which he said would have prevented him from flying to London in any case.

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