Meghan Markle "hated every second" of her tour of Australia with Prince Harry, a royal author has claimed.
The then-newlywedded couple were following in the footsteps of Charles and Diana as they received an enthusiastic welcome from the Australian public, with the pair even announcing they were expecting their first child, Archie, while on the tour.
But according to royal author Tina Brown, Meghan found the itinerary for the 2018 tour "pointless", which features in the author's new book The Palace Papers.
In the book, Brown was told by a palace staffer: "She didn’t understand why things were set up in that way. Instead of being excited when thousands of people showed up at the opera house, it was very much like, ‘What’s the purpose? I don’t understand this.'
"The ‘this’ being the representational role of the British monarchy and its traditional agenda, rather than the focus on causes she wanted to spotlight.”
Meghan also thought it was "silly" that fans of the royal family in Sydney flocked to the Opera house to see them, according to the author – which matches similar claims made in a report published by the Times in 2021.
According to reports, the Duchess of Sussex was told by her team that "they’re here because they admire and support a monarch and an institution that you’re representing” but “she didn’t get it.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's autumn tour saw the Royals tour Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in October 2018. As part of the tour, the pair focused on leadership, environmental and conservation efforts, and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games in Sydney.
Brown also added that the 40-year-old misinterpreted the admiration of royal family from the public as a need for a "Brand Sussex".
She writes: “It was head-turning for Meghan to experience the full-throttle motorcade-purring, outrider-vrooming, crowd-roaring adulation of a popular young royal on a tour planned to the last teacup by the Palace machine.
“Meghan seemed to interpret the success as a call for Brand Sussex to be elevated in the Palace hierarchy.”
Brown's first book on the Royals was a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, entitled The Diana Chronicles, and was published just before the tenth anniversary of her death in June 2007.
The Palace Papers is a follow up to her first book, covering the period between the deaths of Princess Diana and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
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