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Meghan Markle was banned from getting coffee with her mum while she as staying in the grounds of Windsor Castle, a royal expert has claimed.
When Doria Ragland visited her at Frogmore Cottage in 2019, she was stunned to learn that neither of them were allowed to pop into the town centre to grab a coffee, it is claimed.
According to a royal source, Doria told her daughter at the time: “You’re stuck in here.”
As part of his research for his book about Harry and Meghan, Finding Freedom, Scobie spoke to a number of royal aides who gave him the impression of a “stifling, toxic and racist” atmosphere.
Writing in Harpers Bazaar magazine, Scobie says that Meghan was frequently “stuck indoors for weeks on end.”
He describes how the normally sociable former Suits actress was told that even a simple lunch with friends was off the agenda and it would be “better to lie low.”
But one senior aide described Meghan’s complaints as “nonsense” and insisted that the new duchess was “was given all the support she needed”.
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They stressed that palace staff had been very accommodating when it came to helping her adjust to life within the royal family.
But in her controversial – and often highly emotional – interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan revealed that her emotional state became so low due that at one point, during her first pregnancy, she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
Meghan’s mental health deteriorated, claims Scobie, as the Royal family and its staff consistently failed to protect her.
“Even friends who wanted to help her or speak up in her defence were regularly reminded by palace aides to keep quiet,” he writes.
While palace staff point proudly to their success in helping Kate Middleton adjust to her new life as the Duchess of Cambridge. and insist that they made just as much effort when Meghan married Prince Harry, Scobie says they failed to integrate Meghan in the same way.
And he hints at a racial dimension to the incompatibility of the young American woman and the ancient British dynasty.
“It’s hard to forget that across the full lineup of working royals,” he says, “all failed to acknowledge last year’s Black Lives Matter movement.
Royal sources have responded angrily to accusations of racism, sparked by Meghan’s remarks in her Oprah interview that she was shocked by questions about Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s skin tone.
“Everyone bent over backwards to accommodate her,” one former aide told the Times. “Now they feel they’re being totally shafted and collectively made to look like racists.”
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman refused to comment.
The Daily Star has approached Harry and Meghan's representative.
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- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
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