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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been living in Los Angeles for nearly a year after stepping down from their senior duties from the royal family – but things could have been very different.
According to a new biography, Battle of Brothers, it's been suggested that it was the Queen who made an early mistake when introducing former Suits actress Meghan into The Firm's way of life.
Just weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan got married at Windsor Castle, the Duchess of Sussex joined Her Majesty in Chester for a day of royal engagements.
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Biography author Robert Lacey claims that the Queen's decision to have Meghan join her was "a mistake", and believes things could have been handled differently and changed the course of the Sussexes future.
He told the Daily Mail ahead of the book's release: "There is only one self-made millionaire in the Royal Family and that is Meghan Markle.
"If they had sat down with her at the start and said, “Let’s talk about the things you are interested in”, things might have been different."
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Robert continued: "They just sent her off to watch the Queen opening the Mersey Bridge.
"There is nothing wrong with that, but they made the mistake of dealing with the spare’s wife thinking she was just a routine royal. She was never going to be a routine royal."
The bombshell book has been released by the royal biographer, digging deep into reported Buckingham Palace rifts between the brothers.
It is an exploration of the relationship between Prince Harry, 36, and his brother Prince William, 38, including the reported ‘rift’ which formed between them as Harry and Meghan left Britain.
Excerpts from the book have been serialised in the Daily Mail, ahead of its release on October 15.
Here’s what the explosive biography brings to light…
Meghan and Harry labelled as ‘erratic and impulsive’
In the book, it has been written that the Queen felt Harry and Meghan were “erratic and impulsive” during the time they were stepping down from their royal duties.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the announcement that they were stepping down on their Instagram account, saying they have had months of “reflection and internal discussions”.
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Prince William refused lunch with Prince Harry
The author of Battle of Brothers said that Prince William was supposedly so furious about Harry’s behaviour following the announcement of “Megxit” that he refused to have lunch with his younger brother, leaving Harry to dine with the Queen instead.
Meghan coined as ‘miserably self-indulgent’
Meghan’s famous interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby saw the 39 year old mum-of-one claim that no one had asked if she was “okay.”
As a result, the book says that the Queen's private secretary Sir Edward Young viewed Meghan’s interview as having a “bizarre tone-deafness,” with him adding that she was “miserably self-indulgent.”
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Harry to ‘know his place’
During the Queen’s Christmas speech towards the end of 2019, the monarch had an array of family photos visible on her desk, including one of William and his family, however there was no photo of Harry, Meghan and their new son Archie.
The book claims Harry took this as a signal about his place as a “spare” to the “heir.”
Harry and Meghan ‘wanted guarantees on everything’
The book also details how Harry and Meghan’s split was like ‘negotiating with ‘a hard-nosed Hollywood lawyer.’
A source reportedly said: “The Sussexes wanted guarantees on every single point as if it were a contractual negotiation."
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