Meghan Markle ‘hungry for prestige…recognition’, new royal book says

“Meghan doesn’t really have a brand – you feel like she’s clinging to the ‘Twitter care’ of the moment.”

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Desperate Meghan Markle saw Prince Harry as a ticket to prestige, power and big money, an explosive new book about the pretensions of the royal family.

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Former Vanity Fair tome editor Tina Brown, TPalace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – Truth and Turmoil examines members of the royal family over the past 25 years.

And one of the main plots of the book is a controversial former Hollywood actress.

Brown describes Markle as a woman “hungry for prestige, madly for recognition” before finding love with Prince Harry, seeing the popular royal as not only a potential partner but also “the solution to all the problems she had.”

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At the time, she was a 37-year-old actress starring in the controversial legal drama Suits, filmed in Toronto. There were several other acting jobs available to her and her influence in the media was nil.

“The morning after their first date, she talked about Harry with a friend like he was a hot proposal from her agent. “Am I not crazy when I say it could have legs?” Brown writes, adding that together the pair were “drunk with a shared fantasy of being tools of global transformation.”

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Both, Brown is quoted as saying by a source, have “a mutual penchant for drama.”

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Meghan also saw “deals coming up” as part of the royal family and found the “celebrity smorgasbord” irresistible, Brown said on a Washington Post podcast.

“They wanted to have a commercial component to their activities. This was the stumbling block. Meghan certainly saw the deals that had to be made because they were members of the royal family,” Brown said on the podcast.

“Like she couldn’t resist everything that was on offer at the celebrity smorgasbord. The desire to take advantage of global leverage to live in magnificent homes without strings attached.”

A Selection Of British Newspaper Publications In Response To An Interview With Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex And Prince Harry, Duke Of Sussex With Oprah Winfrey On March 8, 2021 In London.
A selection of British newspaper publications in response to an interview with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex with Oprah Winfrey on March 8, 2021 in London. Photo by Chris Jackson /Getty Images

She believes that Harry would have left the firm anyway, but Meghan gave him “the tools to leave.”

“Meghan doesn’t really have a brand – you feel like she’s clinging to the ‘Twitter care’ of the moment. Vaccinations, Ukraine, Women’s rights, my 40th birthday, let’s do a mentoring program. In fact, for Meghan, nothing is going anywhere.

“And the whole problem with the entertainment contract is that you have to produce. They signed with Netflix, but what did we see? Nothing. Creating a working entertainment is very difficult. Their Spotify podcast isn’t going anywhere. Netflix is ​​not doing so well, are they going to renew this contract?

Prince Harry And Meghan Pose At The Igf Reception During The Second Day Of Invictus Games The Hague 2020 At The Zuiderpark On April 17, 2022 In The Hague, Netherlands.  (Photo By Chris Jackson/Getty Images For The Invictus Games Foundation)
Prince Harry and Meghan pose at the IGF reception during the second day of Invictus Games The Hague 2020 at the Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)

Before she met Harry in the summer of 2016, Markle desperately wanted to be taken seriously in Hollywood as a humanitarian and ultimately a trendsetter.

And Harry was vulnerable, Brown said.

For her part, the B-list star has “eagerly absorbed her new personality.”

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