‘Can’t believe I’m not getting paid’: Meghan Markle ‘didn’t understand point of walkabout’

The Duke and Duchess were a hit on their royal tours, but behind the scenes, Meghan allegedly “failed to understand the point”, a source has claimed. They said: “Although she enjoyed the attention, Meghan failed to understand the point of all those walkabouts, shaking hands with countless strangers.”

In an extract of Valentine Low’s new Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown’, published by The Times, several members of staff told of Meghan saying “on at least one occasion, ‘I can’t believe I’m not getting paid for this.'”

A source told Mr Low the couple were “going down a storm” on their trip to Australia, their first official tour, as a result of Meghan’s “refreshingly informal approach”. 

But behind the scenes, it was apparently a different story. 

 

The source added that former communications secretary to the couple Jason Knauf described the tour as “very challenging” and “made worse by the behaviour of the duchess”. 

The claims come just days after Harry and Meghan returned to their home in the US following the Queen’s funeral in London.

Since leaving stepping away the couple have kept a distance from the Royal Family as reports of rifts with senior royals grow. 

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Despite Harry now being fifth in line to the throne following the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, it is unclear if his children, Archie and Lilibet will receive royal titles.

Now that Charles is king, Harry and Meghan’s children automatically become Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex, but this is yet to be confirmed. 

The King is reportedly planning a ‘slimmed down monarchy’, so there is speculation over whether he will award the titles.

In a surprise move, Meghan and Harry took part in a walkabout with the Prince and Princess of Wales to thank mourners last week. 

It was the first time the ‘fab four’ has been since March 2020, when the Sussexes departed for the US. 

Prince William was reportedly the one to orchestrate the appearance, inviting Meghan and Harry to join them. 

The move, dubbed an “important show of unity”, sparked hopes of reconciliation in the brother’s strained relationship. 

In his first address as King, Charles also wished Meghan and Harry the best and extended his love for the couple as “they continue to build their life overseas”.