Meghan and Harry felt ‘bullied’ out of Royal life by William’s attitude, expert says

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry felt they were being driven out by Prince William's "bullying" attitude, a royal expert claims.

Andrew Morton, author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, says for his part the eldest brother was "perplexed" by the couple's rebuttal of royal protocol and "enraged" by their last-minute Megxit announcement.

In a six chapter- long update to the book first published in 2018, Andrew claims the Palace "bent over backwards" to help Meghan adjust to becoming a Royal – but she was "impatient to move on".

"Meghan found life inside the institution slow, repetitive and, quite frankly, unimaginative," Morton writes.

"There were other, more personal grievances. She and the Duchess of Cambridge had never had any real rapport, and Meghan resented playing second fiddle to her. If Kate was cool, her husband was a bully; not physically, but verbally.

"The Sussexes felt that they had been driven out by the 'bullying' attitude of William."

This is not the first time claims have surfaced about William allegedly bullying Harry and Meghan.

In January 2020, shortly after Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step back from royal duties, the Sunday Times reported the Sussexes had been "pushed away from the royal family by the 'bullying' attitude of his brother the Duke of Cambridge" and quoted a source who said the couple decided on their royal exit after two years of "constantly being told their place".

Last year, the brothers said they were "deeply, deeply unhappy" about bullying claims.

Prince Harry was reported to have said he felt pushed out by his brother, but the pair refuted the "offensive" claims.

According to Morton, William was "perplexed" by Meghan and Harry's desire for privacy when it came to certain protocols. In particular, the couple's decision not to name Archie's godparents.

"William, like others inside the family, felt that those chosen to guide and counsel a future Prince, seventh in line to the throne, should be identified," he said.

"Harry and Meghan thought otherwise. They explained that the godparents were genuine friends, not celebrities or public figures, and had joined the royal couple in preferring privacy."

Morton claims that shortly before the Sussexes announced Megxit, Harry spoke to the Queen and Prince Charles about stepping back as senior royals and raising funds privately.

Charles is said to have asked his son to put down all his thoughts and arguments in writing.

"Harry, fearing a leak, was reluctant," Morton writes. "Sure enough, details from his position paper were made available to The Sun newspaper.

"As far as Harry and Meghan were concerned, this was the final straw. They suspected that the entire royal institution was conspiring against them.

"What is undeniable is that the Queen, William, Charles and the rest of the family were given ten minutes' notice before the couple's statement was released on January 8, 2020 [saying they were stepping back].

"Within 90 minutes, the Queen authorised a brief response from the Palace, which was conciliatory in tone but signalled the difficulties that lay ahead.

"The general feeling was that the Queen had been treated shoddily, while everyone inside the royal household felt stabbed in the back.

"William and Charles were said to be incandescent with rage."

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