Meghan Markle Reportedly ‘Shocked’ the Palace and Left an ‘Indelible Stain’ With This Move, Book Claims

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reportedly made a shocking move that left an “indelible stain” in the royal family, according to the book Royals at War. The book’s authors share how Meghan grew tired of the palace communication teams and decided to branch out, a move that reportedly didn’t go over well.

Meghan Markle visits the University of Johannesburg in 2019
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Meghan Markle ‘shocked’ the palace, book’s authors claim

Before Prince Harry and Meghan made their official royal exit, they didn’t always follow the royal family rules to the letter. One move by Meghan, in particular, was not well received, according to Royals at War authors Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett.

In the book, the authors shared how Meghan “found the constraints of royalty frustrating” and that she and Prince Harry “burned too many bridges” when they exited.

One insider told the Howard and Tillett (via Express) that “Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment. However, there is a different degree of respect in the royal household.”

Meghan Markle wanted to improve her image, but hired her own PR team

Meghan decided to seek assistance to boost her image after suffering from so much negative media scrutiny. The duchess hired PR team Sunshine Sachs because, a source told the book’s authors, she was “tired of palace advisers and communications teams.”

The decision to hire her own PR team left the palace “shocked,” according to insiders, who said Meghan left an “indelible stain” on her and Prince Harry’s relationships with the royal household.

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Meghan Markle was seen as ‘problematic’

Meghan was perceived to be “problematic” during her time in the royal family, according to expert and Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie. He believes that Meghan might have had a different experience if she had she played more by the rules, however.

During his Sept. 4 Heirpod podcast, Scobie was asked, “If the royal family is so experienced in working with powerful world leaders, why couldn’t they handle working with Meghan?”

Scobie said that it came down to an issue of supporting Meghan. “There is no more pragmatic a family than the royal family and I think that they are capable of having positive and healthy relationships with anyone,” he said. “As we’ve seen… this wasn’t necessarily about relationships between royal family members and Meghan, this was about the institution of the monarchy and how they supported Meghan.”

Meghan might have had a more positive relationship, he said, if the duchess had conformed to the constraints of the institution.

“Had Meghan have come in and done everything sort of by the book, rather than ever come up with her own ideas or challenge a way of working, or bring in her own ideals — than it may have been very different,” Scobie explained. “But that’s obviously not what we can realistically expect from a human being.”