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The British royal family’s Megxit disaster is mostly Prince Harry’s fault for not properly preparing his wife, Meghan Markle, for life as part of the tradition-bound firm, a royal expert says.
“It’s a combination of Harry and Meghan’s fault, mainly Harry for not explaining it to her properly,” Robert Jobson, author of “Prince Philip’s Century,” told Page Six.
“He’s not the sharpest guy, but maybe he didn’t want to explain it. It’s hard work being a member of the royal family. People think it’s not but it is. It’s not glamorous and maybe she didn’t fancy that after at all.”
Jobson didn’t completely absolve the Duchess of Sussex from blame for the couple’s failure to make it in the royal household, since she could have shown more curiosity about what she was getting into.
“It’s up to you to do your own homework if you want to marry into a prestigious family,” he said.
Jobson noted that Markle had little excuse for not knowing how things worked, as the Palace assigned Samantha Cohen, a member of the Queen’s personal team, to help her learn the ins and outs of being a duchess.
Understanding their place in the pecking order, and coming to peace with that, would have prevented the Sussexes from striking out in hopes of finding fortune on their own in Hollywood, he said.
“When she saw that she had the little house and William and Kate were the number one couple she probably didn’t understand that and thought, ‘Well we can do better than this and start commercializing the royal family,’ well frankly that’s not acceptable,” he said.
The couple, who now live in Santa Barbara, Calif., have signed a $25 million Spotify deal to produce feel-good podcasts and inked a multiyear deal with Netflix, which will handsomely compensate them for producing documentaries, feature films and, scripted shows
“The British people fund the royal family, it’s our royal family, we expect them to show respect. without the British people, the royal family doesn’t exist.”
Jobson notes that the point of the royal family is centered on “service and helping others. It’s not to do with helping yourself. I’m afraid that’s what’s happened here. I blame Harry really because he knew the story but he wanted his cake and to eat it and you can’t do that.”
The couple announced in January 2020 that they had made the decision to “step back as “senior” members of the royal family, and intended to split their time between the UK and North America and become financially independent.
In February 2021 Buckingham Palace made the split permanent by confirming that the Duke and Duchess would relinquish their royal patronages and would not be returning as working members of the family.
Harry, 36, and Markle, 39, seemingly made the break acrimonious by sitting down for a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the biracial Duchess claimed an unnamed royal had raised concerns over the darkness of their baby Archie’s skin.
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