Meghan Markle's diary discussed by royal expert on Lorraine
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Meghan and Prince Harry lifted the lid on their lives behind Palace walls in their first interview since officially leaving the royal frontline last week. Speaking to friend and famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex admitted she went into the Royal Family “naively” because she did not know much about the Firm when growing up in the US. She also claimed she did not do any research before marrying Harry, the sixth-in-line to the throne, but noted she was glad she had never “romanticised” the royals as a result.
However, royal author Tom Quinn told Pod Save The Queen that he heard Meghan was “so excited” when she first moved into Kensington Palace.
The podcast is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
He explained: “People talk about Catherine Middleton being a commoner but Catherine went to a very grand English public school and her own [family] may not be aristocratic, but she had quite an aristocratic or at least wealthy upbringing.
“Whereas Meghan was a TV star from the US, a very different background.”
Meghan was a successful actress on the US series Suits, and had starred in a handful of other programmes and films.
She is thought to have become a millionaire in her own right through her acting career.
Mr Quinn continued: “I’ve spoken to people who say she was so excited, she could hardly speak, when she first went to live at Kensington Palace.”
Meghan moved into Harry’s home at the time, Nottingham Cottage on Kensington estate, shortly before the couple announced their engagement in November 2017.
When the couple first started dating in the summer of 2016, they had to do long-distance.
Meghan was based in Toronto, Canada, for Suits, while Harry was still in the UK, but they reportedly tried to see each other every two weeks.
Then a year after their engagement, the Sussexes announced they were going to be relocating to a new home in Windsor called Frogmore Cottage.
Mr Quinn claimed: “I think once she moved into Kensington Palace and the royal machine began to operate, she realised she was only a small cog in this rather large machine.
“She couldn’t do what she wanted.
“She realised that this was, it may have been gilded, but it was still a cage.”
He alleged that Meghan may have also struggled because she had the culture shock of adjusting to English traditions, too.
Mr Quinn continued: “Meghan, I think, coming from such a different background, just found it a struggle.”
He claimed the Palace contributed to “the fantasy element which drew her in, and made it very exciting” until the reality of royal life took over.
He alleged that once she realised what life in the Palace was like, she decided to move “away from the machine of Kensington” and relocate to Windsor for an “idyllic life”.
She and Harry spent £2.4million of taxpayer money — which the couple have since reimbursed — to renovate the historical mansion of Frogmore Cottage before the arrival of their firstborn, Archie.
Mr Quinn thought Meghan and Harry then realised how isolated they were, especially as the Duchess of Sussex was accustomed to city-life.
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Just months later, they relocated to Vancouver Island in Canada, returning to the UK only to announce their intention to step back from royal life and to carry out their final royal engagements.
Although they have reportedly paid a lump sum in rent towards maintaining Frogmore Cottage, they have now bought their own house together in California — Meghan’s home state — and are not expected to return to the UK any time soon.
The Sussexes even offered up their Windsor home to Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, who just gave birth to her own child.
The Duchess of Sussex also revealed how she quickly became disillusioned with Kensington life.
When speaking to Oprah, Meghan said: “I didn’t fully understand what the job was: What does it mean to be a working royal? What do you do?
“What does that mean? He [Harry] and I were very aligned on our cause-driven work, that was part of our initial connection.
“But there was no way to understand what the day-to-day was going to be like, and it’s so different because I didn’t romanticise any element of it.”
She also said she did not enjoy losing her independence.
Meghan explained: “You have to understand, as well, when I joined that family, that was the last time, until we came here, that I saw my passport, my driver’s licence, my keys.
“All that gets turned over. I didn’t see any of that any more.”
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