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‘Be self-sufficient!’ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attacked for claiming to be ‘cut off’

MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have been criticised for claiming they were “cut off” financially from the Royal Family.

Prince Harry said he felt “let down” by his father, Prince Charles, adding that he was cut off financially by his family in the months before Megxit, and expressed his shock at his loss of taxpayer-funded security. But royal biographer Richard Fitzwilliams has poured cold water on the claims. He explained that it was understood Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to be “financially independent” from the Royal Family.

Speaking to, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “The secret wedding, well it wasn’t a real wedding.

“I was very surprised that Harry implied the reason they had taken the Netflix and Spotify deals were because they had been cut off financially.

“I always understood that they wished to make their own way financially and I always thought they wanted to be completely self-sufficient and this is part of a media drive.

“They will be very good at documentaries and the other films they will be making in this deal.”

When Harry and Meghan announced they are stepping down as senior royals in an Instagram post, they said: “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”

Royal author Penny Junor has said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have betrayed the royal family and caused lasting damage to the monarchy in the year that has passed since they quit.

Penny Junor said Harry and Meghan’s accusations of racism and other allegations made in their explosive Oprah interview “lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution”.

Ms Junor said: “When Harry and Meghan left a year ago people were surprised and disappointed because they were a great pair.

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Meghan Markle and Harry made explosive claims about the royals (Image: Misan Harriman)

“Harry was a hugely popular royal and Meghan was a great asset to the family.

“A year on, I think a lot of people are really angry and think that they have betrayed their family and lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution and sort of taken a swipe at the UK as well.”

The Sussexes’ two-hour televised sit-down with Oprah Winfrey at the start of this month left the royal family facing one of its worst crises for generations.

Meghan said an unnamed royal – not the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh – raised concerns with Harry about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.

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Megxit timeline (Image: EXPRESS)

Ms Junor described the crisis as worse than the abdication of Edward VIII.

“The circumstances are very different. Edward VIII was pushed out, whereas Harry and Meghan chose to leave, but I think this is more damaging,” she said.

“It looked as if Edward’s abdication was going to damage the monarchy, but in fact, it didn’t because his brother was ready to step into his shoes, and George VI did a really good job and restored the reputation of the monarchy.”


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