Andrew Morton says Meghan Markle could not speak for herself

Lady Diana biographer Andrew Morton says Meghan Markle might have been ‘frustrated’ that she wasn’t able to answer back to false claims about her – and adds he ‘feels for the poor girl’

  • Royal author Andrew Morton said Meghan was parachuted into ‘difficult’ family
  • Told how he ‘felt’ for Duchess because she didn’t know how The Firm worked
  • Added the royal wanted to ‘hit the ground running’ but ‘hit a brick wall’ instead 

Lady Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton has claimed that Meghan Markle may have felt frustrated by the fact she could not speak for herself. 

Speaking during Channel 5 documentary, Harry and Meghan: The New revelations, which airs tonight at 9pm, the royal author, most famous for writing Diana: Her True Story, reveals how he feels for ‘poor’ Meghan, who had wanted to do her best when she joined the royal family. 

The documentary takes a deep dive into upcoming book Finding Freedom, and focuses on the events which led to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior royals and to move to the US. 

It follows the couple’s trajectory from their engagement to their first year of marriage, strained relationships with the press and rumours of a rift with The Firm.

Commenting on the Duchess of Sussex’s first steps as a royal, Morton claims opinionated 21st-century woman Meghan was bound to struggle to adapt to the ‘say nothing’ royal rule of thumb – adding that Finding Freedom was her chance to set the record straight. 

Channel 5 documentary, Harry and Meghan: The New revelations, which airs tonight at 9pm, dives into the claims of upcoming book Finding Freedom, which gives the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s perspective on the lead up to Megxit (pictured in London on March 5)

While both the authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves have denied any royal involvement, some have argued Harry and Meghan are behind some of the most telling quotes in the bombshell book. 

Morton goes on to say that he believes Finding Freedom was Meghan’s way of trying to express how she approached the royal family and ‘how she was dismayed by the easy criticism of everything that she was trying to do.’ 

‘She’s been frustrated by the fact that she’s not been able to give her side of the story,’ he explains. 

‘All kinds of stories have come out about her, and she’s not been able to answer back, and it’s something she’s found immensely frustrating.’

Andrew Morton (pictured) attends the press night after party for ‘The Diana Tapes’ at the Stockwell Playhouse on June 26, 2018 in London

Morton adds that Prince Harry’s apparent hostility for the media, and especially for tabloids and paparazzi, has only grown stronger over the years. 

The documentary touches on the fact that Meghan, being an active, outspoken feminist and wanting to speak on different political issues, was going to experience a ‘culture clash’ with the traditional – and white – royal family. 

Morton also says he feels that modern woman Meghan wanted to do her best when she moved to the UK to be with Harry. 

‘I feel for this poor girl, I mean, she came into this country, parachuted in,’ he explains. ‘She’s marrying into a very difficult family, that everybody finds difficult to come into.

‘And she’s someone who didn’t know an awful lot about British history, British culture and as she said herself ‘she’s gonna hit the ground running’.

‘And she hit the ground running, but she found she came up against a brick wall.’

Morton says Meghan Markle wanted to do her best in the early days of her engagement to Harry in 2017. Pictured, announcing their engagement at Kensington Palace in London on 27 November 2017

Looking back at Meghan’s first engagement with the Queen, which took place at Merseyside in 2018, Morton says Meghan ‘was trying her best’ but had no idea how to behave. 

‘She didn’t know the protocol, she didn’t know the etiquette. I’ll give you a perfect example,’ he explains. ‘She went up to Liverpool with the Queen, and she’s sitting on the chairs and it’s a windy day.

‘She doesn’t know what side of the car to get into,to get out of, what hand to hold her handbag in, and you can see that kind of confusion in her face.’

‘Meghan, even though she’s an actress, has had to swap the red carpet for the royal road show.’

Lady Colin Campbell, who wrote Meghan and Harry, the real story, does not share Morton’s sentiment and says the duchess was too American to fit in with the royal.

‘Meghan has very American expectations, she is all about confidence, go-getting, hustling, and all of those Hollywood things that she has been brought up to regard as desirable,’ she explains.

Harry and Meghan: The New Revelations airs on Saturday at 9pm on Channel 5.

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