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Meghan Markle ‘thought she would be Beyoncé of the UK’

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Meghan Markle believed she would be the ‘Beyoncé of the UK’ when she married Prince Harry, before she found that she hated the strict rules of royal life, leading to her sensationally quitting her duties as the Duchess of Sussex, a bombshell new book has claimed.

The explosive extracts of the forthcoming book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, were published by The Times on Monday. Insiders claimed the duchess believed she would become Britain's Beyoncé upon marrying the Queen's grandson but was disillusioned by the strict protocols and rules of life as a working member of the royal family and felt increasingly 'cornered and misunderstood' by The Firm.

The explosive extracts of the forthcoming book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, were published by The Times on Monday. Insiders claimed the duchess believed she would become Britain’s Beyoncé upon marrying the Queen’s grandson but was disillusioned by the strict protocols and rules of life as a working member of the royal family and felt increasingly ‘cornered and misunderstood’ by The Firm.

The book also ran allegations that the Queen was forced to put her foot down over Megxit and told the Sussexes they were 'either in or out' at the crunch Sandringham summit where the royals decided Harry and Meghan's future. Pictured: Her late Majesty standing next to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2018.

The book also ran allegations that the Queen was forced to put her foot down over Megxit and told the Sussexes they were ‘either in or out’ at the crunch Sandringham summit where the royals decided Harry and Meghan’s future. Pictured: Her late Majesty standing next to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2018.

Mr Low said that the royals met at a so-called 'Sandringham summit' five days after the Duke and Duchess announced their Megxit plans on January 8, 2020. During initial deliberations, the Queen wanted all four royal households to work together quickly in order to find a solution. Pictured: Harry and Meghan behind Prince William, Kate Middleton, King Charles III and Consort Camilla, led by Her Late Majesty.

Mr Low said that the royals met at a so-called ‘Sandringham summit’ five days after the Duke and Duchess announced their Megxit plans on January 8, 2020. During initial deliberations, the Queen wanted all four royal households to work together quickly in order to find a solution. Pictured: Harry and Meghan behind Prince William, Kate Middleton, King Charles III and Consort Camilla, led by Her Late Majesty.

In the days that followed, meetings were held at Clarence House, then Prince Charles's home, including secretaries from the four households, before discussions moved to Buckingham Palace. Simon Case, Prince William's private secretary, was also involved, 'talking to both sides', the newspaper reported. These included five possible scenarios, including giving the Duke and Duchess a month each year for their own activities, or taking on only a small number of engagements and spending most of their time doing other things.

In the days that followed, meetings were held at Clarence House, then Prince Charles’s home, including secretaries from the four households, before discussions moved to Buckingham Palace. Simon Case, Prince William’s private secretary, was also involved, ‘talking to both sides’, the newspaper reported. These included five possible scenarios, including giving the Duke and Duchess a month each year for their own activities, or taking on only a small number of engagements and spending most of their time doing other things.

As part of these options, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain - either for themselves or friends - would apply. A former palace insider said: 'I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK. Being part of the royal family would give her that kudos. Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn't even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough.'

As part of these options, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain – either for themselves or friends – would apply. A former palace insider said: ‘I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK. Being part of the royal family would give her that kudos. Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn’t even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough.’ 

But another called it an impossible task, with the two worlds of royalty and celebrity unable to comprehend each other. They said that the Duchess would be unable to fit the model of a working royal, with the palace unable to accept 'who she wanted to be.' Pictured: the Sussexes meeting Beyonce and Jay-Z, right, on July 14, 2019.

But another called it an impossible task, with the two worlds of royalty and celebrity unable to comprehend each other. They said that the Duchess would be unable to fit the model of a working royal, with the palace unable to accept ‘who she wanted to be.’ Pictured: the Sussexes meeting Beyonce and Jay-Z, right, on July 14, 2019.

Mr Low writes that it was the monarch herself who felt that unless the couple were willing to follow the rules, which apply to all working royals, they would 'not be allowed to carry out official duties.' 'There was a very clear view: you can't be in and out,' a source told Mr Low. ' And if you've got such clarity of view, it's very difficult to say, 'Why don't we go 10 percent this way instead of 20 percent?' This meant that compromise was taken off the table by the Queen, the author said.

Mr Low writes that it was the monarch herself who felt that unless the couple were willing to follow the rules, which apply to all working royals, they would ‘not be allowed to carry out official duties.’ ‘There was a very clear view: you can’t be in and out,’ a source told Mr Low. ‘ And if you’ve got such clarity of view, it’s very difficult to say, ‘Why don’t we go 10 percent this way instead of 20 percent?’ This meant that compromise was taken off the table by the Queen, the author said.

He also claimed the couple felt 'cornered and misunderstood' by the Palace due to 'initial inflexibility' surrounding their request. Prince Harry sent an email to his father, then Prince Charles, regarding their concerns and desire to move to the US, but was told that it required a 'proper family conversation' that could not be held until at least January 29, 2020. Pictured: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William speaking at a forum for the Royal Foundation in 2018.

He also claimed the couple felt ‘cornered and misunderstood’ by the Palace due to ‘initial inflexibility’ surrounding their request. Prince Harry sent an email to his father, then Prince Charles, regarding their concerns and desire to move to the US, but was told that it required a ‘proper family conversation’ that could not be held until at least January 29, 2020. Pictured: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William speaking at a forum for the Royal Foundation in 2018.

This, Mr Low wrote, was received badly by the couple, who had hoped to quickly resolve the matter following their request. The response prompted the prince to organize a private meeting with the Queen, but this was canceled, with Harry being told that she was no longer available and had been confused about her diary arrangements. Courtiers saw the meeting as a chance for the Duke to win the Queen's support first, before beginning wider talks with the royal family.

This, Mr Low wrote, was received badly by the couple, who had hoped to quickly resolve the matter following their request. The response prompted the prince to organize a private meeting with the Queen, but this was canceled, with Harry being told that she was no longer available and had been confused about her diary arrangements. Courtiers saw the meeting as a chance for the Duke to win the Queen’s support first, before beginning wider talks with the royal family.

'There was a danger that a private conversation could be interpreted very differently by two people,' a source told Mr Low. The author added that Harry considered driving unannounced to Sandringham to speak to the Queen, but decided against the move.

‘There was a danger that a private conversation could be interpreted very differently by two people,’ a source told Mr Low. The author added that Harry considered driving unannounced to Sandringham to speak to the Queen, but decided against the move.

It comes as palace aides claimed Meghan moaned she wasn't getting paid for royal tours, agreed to the Oprah interview six months before Megxit and reduced staff to tears with bullying and tantrums in Mr Low's book. The new book claims that during the royal tour of Australia in October 2018, Meghan did not understand why she had to shake people's hands or do walkabouts. Staff reportedly heard her say: 'I can't believe I'm not getting paid for this.'

It comes as palace aides claimed Meghan moaned she wasn’t getting paid for royal tours, agreed to the Oprah interview six months before Megxit and reduced staff to tears with bullying and tantrums in Mr Low’s book. The new book claims that during the royal tour of Australia in October 2018, Meghan did not understand why she had to shake people’s hands or do walkabouts. Staff reportedly heard her say: ‘I can’t believe I’m not getting paid for this.’

In The Times, Mr Low also describes the Duchess of Sussex's attitude towards her staff, describing a meeting where Meghan allegedly lambasted a young female member in front of colleagues over a plan she had presented. After the woman told her that it would be difficult to execute a new plan, Meghan said: 'Don't worry. If there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you.'

 In The Times, Mr Low also describes the Duchess of Sussex’s attitude towards her staff, describing a meeting where Meghan allegedly lambasted a young female member in front of colleagues over a plan she had presented. After the woman told her that it would be difficult to execute a new plan, Meghan said: ‘Don’t worry. If there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you.’

Meghan is said to have berated staff repeatedly, including one occasion when an employee fell foul of the duchess over a mixup involving press at an engagement. Meghan's lawyers denied last year that any of the staff were bullied and added that they were grateful for Miss Cohen's support and dedication.

Meghan is said to have berated staff repeatedly, including one occasion when an employee fell foul of the duchess over a mixup involving press at an engagement. Meghan’s lawyers denied last year that any of the staff were bullied and added that they were grateful for Miss Cohen’s support and dedication.

Elsewhere, it claimed that in August 2019, before their Africa tour, the couple's US team were working on several deals including with Netflix, Harry's mental heath series for Apple+, Meghan's Disney voiceover and an interview with Oprah Winfrey slated for the autumn. Samantha Cohen, the Queen's former assistant private secretary, advised them to also do an interview with the British media, suggesting Tom Bradby of ITV.

Elsewhere, it claimed that in August 2019, before their Africa tour, the couple’s US team were working on several deals including with Netflix, Harry’s mental heath series for Apple+, Meghan’s Disney voiceover and an interview with Oprah Winfrey slated for the autumn. Samantha Cohen, the Queen’s former assistant private secretary, advised them to also do an interview with the British media, suggesting Tom Bradby of ITV.

Meghan was reportedly reluctant, however the Duke of Sussex agreed on the condition that they did not do the interview together or appear in the same shot as this would be contrary to their Oprah deal. Pictured: Meghan and Harry in Oprah interview, 2021.

Meghan was reportedly reluctant, however the Duke of Sussex agreed on the condition that they did not do the interview together or appear in the same shot as this would be contrary to their Oprah deal. Pictured: Meghan and Harry in Oprah interview, 2021.

Palace sources also claimed the couple were constantly being sent gifts from fashion, perfume and jewelry companies when they lived at Kensington Palace. Their PA refused the luxury items, sticking to the protocol that members of the royal family do not accept commercial gifts, which is claimed led to clashes with Meghan.

Palace sources also claimed the couple were constantly being sent gifts from fashion, perfume and jewelry companies when they lived at Kensington Palace. Their PA refused the luxury items, sticking to the protocol that members of the royal family do not accept commercial gifts, which is claimed led to clashes with Meghan.

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