Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have found themselves in the hot seat yet again. The couple, who are setting up their new base in Los Angeles, have stolen the spotlight from other members of the royal family on several occasions. And one royal expert believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “did not seem to care” if their schedules clashed with other royals when they were still a part of the monarchy.
Meghan Markle clashes with Buckingham Palace
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s, struggles with British tabloids are well documented, but one expert claims she also had difficulties behind the scenes as well. This includes butting heads with staffers at Buckingham Palace over how she handled herself.
According to Daily
Mail, royal expert Camilla Tominey says that palace staff were not
happy about Meghan’s “demands” and did not like her
“self-confidence and feminist habits of assertion.”
Tominey added that there was a “clash of cultures”
between Meghan and the staff, mostly because the former Suits star did
not know all of the ins and outs of the institution.
“It’s a bit like Downton Abbey – there’s a hierarchy of staff who have
been at Buckingham Palace for years and years, to serve Queen and
country,” Tominey explained. “And, therefore, for Harry and Meghan to
be making demands, there was a bit of below-stairs chatter, particularly with
the Duchess, that was, “Well, hang on a minute, who do you think you
At the end of March, Meghan and Harry moved to LA and are no longer active members of the royal family. The two are reportedly going to buy a home in Malibu, where they will spend the majority of their time.
Is Prince Harry finding LA life difficult?
Now that Harry and Meghan are settling down in LA, Jane Goodall says that the Duke of Sussex has found it “challenging” to adjust to his new life. Goodall has remained in contact with Harry and Meghan throughout Megxit and admitted that she does not know what Harry will do next.
“I don’t know how his career is going to map out, but, yes, I’ve been in
touch – though I think he’s finding life a bit challenging right now,”
Goodall has been very close to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over the past few years. The couple invited her to Frogmore Cottage shortly after their son, Archie Harrison’s, birth and she was one of the first people outside of the royal family to hold him.
The world-renowned primatologist is currently living in Bournemouth
amid the coronavirus pandemic. Harry and Meghan have not said anything about
Goodall’s latest comments.
The Sussexes are putting all of their focus on helping people who
have been affected by the pandemic. The royals, meanwhile, have been hunkering
down in the UK and have been updating fans on their efforts via social media.
Did the Sussexes care about clashing schedules?
When they were still active members of the royal family, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry faced criticism for sometimes posting on social media when other members of the royal family were promoting their respective events.
The royals usually coordinate posts to avoid competing for the
spotlight, and royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams believes Meghan and Harry did
not care about when they scheduled posts.
“In recent months Meghan and Harry did not seem to care if
their activities clashed with those of other senior royals and this is no
longer the concern it once was,” he shared.
According to Express, Fitzwilliams pointed out how Prince William and Kate Middleton have done a great job coordinating their efforts with Prince Charles, resulting in a united front. This is something Meghan Markle and Prince Harry rarely did when they were still in the monarchy.
The Sussexes, of course, no longer have to worry about playing
nice with other royals now that they are out of the family.
Queen Elizabeth reportedly scolds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
As part of their exit from the monarchy, Meghan and Harry agreed to stop using their royal titles. They also will become financially independent from the crown, which means fitting the bill for their new lives in LA.
A good chunk of their expenses will be security, which Express reports could top $2 million a year. Given the high price tag on security, Queen Elizabeth allegedly scolded the couple for trying to get the crown to pay for their safety.
“The Queen has made it clear to the couple that at some
point they are going to have to take on that cost themselves,” royal
expert Omid Scoobie explained. “But Buckingham Palace never comments on
security matters. Time will tell.”
Queen Elizabeth has not commented on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s security costs. Insiders claim that Prince Charles will help with the bill, though how much he is contributing remains a mystery.