Meghan Markle Was Seen as ‘Problematic’ for Royal Family, Biographer Claims
Was Meghan, Duchess of Sussex “problematic” for the royal family? Royal expert and Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie shared his thoughts on why the duchess wasn’t quite the right fit for the institution.
Prince Harry and Meghan are ‘thriving’ since their exit, expert claims
In January, Prince Harry and Meghan dropped their bombshell announcement about stepping back from royal duties. Queen Elizabeth met with senior royals to determine what that meant in reality, deciding that any half-in/half-out arrangement for the Sussexes was off the table. Their official royal exit date was March 31.
Since that time, the couple moved from Canada to Los Angeles, with many royal fans wondering how they’ve adapted to this new chapter in their lives.
According to Scobie, they’re “thriving,” he shared on his Sept. 4 Heirpod podcast explaining that they’ve “taken their careers as philanthropists to a whole other level.”
“It shows how much they were held back by tradition, hierarchy and stubbornness within the institution,” he added.
Scobie shared that Prince Harry and Meghan are “absolutely happy” since the move, remarking, “This is the couple operating in a way they were desperate to for some time but couldn’t for a number of reasons, many of which tie into what is considered too politically sensitive or not.”
Meghan was ‘problematic’ for the royal family, biographer said
During the podcast, Scobie was asked a question from a fan, “If The Firm, the royal family, is so experienced in working with powerful world leaders, why couldn’t they handle working with 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 explained. “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.”
In Scobie’s opinion, if Meghan followed the rules more to the letter, perhaps the Sussexes would have been better supported. “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 maintained. “But that’s obviously not what we can realistically expect from a human being.”
He added, “Harry loved her dynamism, it’s what made her so exciting to be a teammate with. I think it was that, and the things that we often celebrate about Meghan internally just didn’t fit in with the way things were done in the institution.”
“Rather than anyone trying to accommodate those differences, or that different work ethic, it was quickly seen as something very problematic and something that many tried to extinguish through leaking stories to the press or generally making the couple’s lives difficult internally,” Scobie said.
The Sussexes are enjoying their next chapter
Prince Harry and Meghan just signed a Netflix deal, with plans to produce “content that informs but also gives hope,” according to a statement the couple released. Projects in development include a nature docuseries, an animated series about women, and children’s programming.
Scobie said that their next chapter is full of possibilities. “It’s why now we see them thrive in a way that we haven’t for a long time,” he explained. “I mean, how much have they achieved in such a short period of time since leaving the royal family?”
“It shows just how much they were held back by tradition and hierarchy and stubborness within the institution,” he continued. “You only need to look at the work that they are doing and how vocal they’ve been about things that are so important to them.”
Scobie shared how this deal came quickly as they “sort of like hit the ground running” after their move. “It would not surprise me if the conversations about this deal began literally the second they left the UK and stepped away as working members of the royal family,” he shared.