Meghan Markle ‘Felt Like an Outsider’ in the Royal Family and Was ‘Convinced There Was a Conspiracy Against Her,’ Sources Claim

Royal fans know that things weren’t that easy for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex when it came to the media’s criticism of her but, according to one insider, Meghan felt “like an outsider” in the royal family and even believed there was a “conspiracy” against her.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force
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Prince Harry and Meghan left their royal life behind

During interviews for their 2019 documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, it appeared that the couple were struggling with the media scrutiny. At the time, Meghan remarked, “I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair, and that is the part that is really hard to reconcile.”

In January, the Sussexes announced that they planned to take a step back from their royal duties in hopes of living a more normal life out of the spotlight. Queen Elizabeth supported the decision and quickly worked to ensure they could finalize a deal that would grant the couple their wish.

Meghan reportedly felt ‘like an outsider’

Royal reporter Katie Nicholl shared some insider perspectives about Meghan’s struggle in The Times, as a source shared with her how Meghan believed there was a “conspiracy” against her and she felt “like an outsider.”

“She was convinced there was a conspiracy against her and so she basically put herself in isolation when they moved to Frogmore,” the source told Nicholl. “I think she felt like an outsider from the start. This wasn’t the life she was used to and she wanted out.’

Another source claimed that Meghan “struggled” with the idea of not personally working for an income and felt “lonely” and “unfulfilled.”

“One of the things Meghan struggled with was not earning an income. She has always worked and I think she felt unfulfilled. Having financial freedom was a big part of them wanting to leave,” the insider shared.

Nicholl noted that Meghan’s friends worried about the duchess “burning out” as she attempted to do something fulfilling, both guest-editing an issue of Vogue magazine and launching the Smart Works collection.

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Prince Harry and Meghan may have had an agenda the whole time

Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the royal family might have been a surprise to many, but Nicholl believes the couple always had an exit in mind.

“The speed at which the Sussexes have turned their lives around has surprised everybody,” Nicholl shared with Australian site 9Honey. “I don’t think it’s a huge surprise they moved overseas, that was inevitable.”

“I think the speed at which it’s happened has surprised people,” she added. The fact that the Sussexes didn’t become “international roving royals” as they had hoped, according to Nicholl, contributed to how quickly they made their exit.

“They had an agenda from the outset — to be international royals,” she explained, adding, “They didn’t want to just be stuck in one place.”

“Part of their vision is to be making a difference on the world stage and that entails being international,” Nicholl noted. “I was told from a very early stage in their courtship, they had told a friend of Harry’s that Meghan met quite early on that they wanted to be international roving royals and that was going to be their focus.”

When things didn’t pan out as they hoped, they resorted to the idea of leaving their royal duties. “I think this idea that they were going to move away and work overseas was always on the cards but as I say, the speed at which it’s happened has definitely been surprising,” Nicholl noted.