Meghan Markle showed strong defiance when TV bosses attempted to make her and her actress colleagues lose weight, it is reported.

The Duchess of Sussex was one of several women allegedly "inspected" daily by TV producers as one the "Briefcase Babes" on the US version of Deal or No Deal.

And it is said Prince Harry’s bride-to-be had to audition in a swimsuit to get the job on the prime-time hit.

But her co-star Tameka Jacobs, 39, told The Sun Meghan would nevertheless tuck into pizza and chips behind the scenes, despite the scrutiny around body image.

The photographer, of Los Angeles, said: “Meghan never seemed self-conscious. She never came off as insecure or shy, although she wasn’t one of the girls who would parade around in her underwear. She was definitely one of the quiet ones.”

It is understood Meghan and her colleagues were each paid $760 (£600) each day for the role, and considered it a stepping stone to larger acting work.

On Meghan’s attitude to the dresses, Tameka said: “She’d be looking at you like, ‘Really?’ It was clear she was thinking, ‘Girl, these are short’. She was good with facial expressions where she didn’t have to say anything.”

Tameka, who is married, also admitted she, Meghan and their pals had their breasts "fixed up" and bras stuffed for their roles.

She added: “There was a lot of pressure not to gain weight and we were inspected every morning. The producer would stand on a chair and have us all line up.

“He’d look at us and say: ‘More hair on her’ or ‘fix her boobs’ and there was a lot of stuffing our bras. We’d crack up about how much stuff was inside them."

Tameka lost contact with Meghan when the future princess left the show after a year.

Meghan is preparing for a Christmas with the royals.

But it was recently reported she and Harry have snubbed an offer to stay at William and Kate’s home in Norfolk over the festive period.

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