MEGHAN Markle "led a normal life" and "ate out with her friends" in spite of her moaning she didn't leave the house as a royal.
Despite the Duchess' sensational claims during the Oprah interview, Diana's biographer believes Meghan was still able to go about her "normal" life as part of the family.
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Andrew Morton, who famously wrote Princess Diana's blockbuster biography in 1992, said friends saw Meghan going out and about as a royal.
She would go to the shops and eat out at restaurants with her pals, he claims.
And despite how she portrayed her time in the Firm to Oprah and millions of viewers – the Palace experience didn't "seem like a prison."
Speaking on Royally Obsessed podcast, the royal biographer was asked whether Meghan's situation was similar to that experienced by Princess Diana.
He said: "When I was watching the interview, I was ticking off 'yes, sense of isolation', 'yes, sense of desperation' exactly what Diana was saying to me.
"But then again, well, friends of mine said they've seen Meghan walking from Whole Foods supermarket on Kensington High Street with bags of foods back to Kensington Palace.
"It didn't seem too much like a prison. Other friends have seen her out and about with friends at restaurants, so she seems, to me, to have led a normal life."
In the bombshell Oprah interview, Meghan explained that she had to give up her passport and driver's licence.
She said: "You couldn't. I mean, you have to understand, as well, when I joined that family, that was the last time, until we came here, that I saw my passport, my driver's licence, my keys.
"I said: 'I have left the house twice in four months, I am everywhere but I am nowhere.''
"I continued to say to people: 'I know there is an obsession with how things look, but has anyone talked about how it feels? Because right now I could not feel lonelier'."
Oprah went on to question whether she felt 'trapped,' to which the Duchess of Sussex replied: "That's the truth."
Royal expert Andrew Morton also pointed out that Meghan flew to New York on a private jet when celebrating her baby shower when pregnant with Archie in February 2019.
He went on to add that the royal made many overseas trip "without wearing handcuffs."
The royal biographer continued: "So there's some inconsistency but also there's similarity with Diana as well.
"It was a complex interview and it has left us with lots of questions."
The 39-year-old Duchess told Oprah Winfrey she felt like she "didn't want to be alive anymore" in her bombshell interview in March.
She said she begged for help from the Firm after struggling with her mental health – saying it was her husband who "saved" her.
Breaking down in tears, pregnant Meghan said: "I just didn't see a solution.
"I didn't want to be alive anymore."
But Meghan's friends say she has "no regrets" about her interview with Oprah Winfrey, and that the Royal Family should be "relieved" she didn't name names.
Meghan and Harry alleged that a senior royal asked Harry how "dark" Archie's skin tone would be – but during the chat, they refused to point fingers.
But despite making the serious allegations and revealing a thread of insider information about the inner workings of the Palace, a friend of Meghan's said doing the interview was the "best decision she made."
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