Meghan Markle tearfully told a friend ‘I gave up my entire life for this family’ and said she was ‘willing to do whatever it takes’ to avoid quitting, according to a bombshell biography.
Extracts from Finding Freedom claim an emotional Meghan made the confession in March, months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would ‘step down’ as senior royals.
‘I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are,’ she told a friend. ‘It’s very sad.’
The passage, published by the Times, also suggests Prince Harry was a driving force behind the couple’s shock decision to stand down from the royal family and move to Los Angeles.
‘Fundamentally, Harry wanted out,’ a source said. ‘Deep down, he was always struggling within that world. She’s opened the door for him on that.’
Meghan Markle (pictured with Prince Harry in March) tearfully told a friend ‘I gave up my entire life for this family’ and had no choice but to quit, according to a bombshell royal biography
Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family is written by royal watchers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, described as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s ‘cheerleaders’.
The biography, published next month and written ‘with the participation of those closest to the couple’, charts the Sussexes bitter exit from the monarchy.
Excerpts from the sensational book claim Harry and Meghan felt ‘cut adrift’ and frustrated that William and Kate got all the best official roles before they decided to leave for the US.
It will say they butted-heads with palace courtiers over their future plans, who are understood to have stressed ‘service to the Crown’ above all else, leaving the couple feeling ‘stonewalled’.
The tell-all biography will also outline how the couple were upset that William and Kate got more prestigious royal duties than they did.
Sources have told the Mail that the biography will lay bare the ‘pressure cooker’ of anger and resentment the couple felt as working royals.
After the spectacular wedding in May 2018 Harry and Meghan were seen as the future of the Royals and saw a surge in popularity, including a marked increase in social media following.
Extracts from Finding Freedom claim an emotional Meghan (pictured with her father Thomas) made the confession in March, months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would ‘step down’ as senior royals
Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, has been written by royal watchers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, described as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s ‘cheerleaders’
But the book will say they felt ‘unsupported’ in what they wanted to do after that.
A source told The Sun: ‘They feel they were owed an awful lot of credit for their popularity and success of the wedding — which led to a public outpouring of support — that they did not get.’
According the new book the Queen was ‘blindsided’ when the royal couple on January 8 announced on Instagram they were leaving The Firm.
The Queen was also understood to be hurt by the ‘suboptimal behaviour’ from the couple.
Insiders told The Telegraph that before even before he met Meghan in 2016, there were tensions between the brothers.
Meghan and Harry have only been spotted out a handful of times since their move to Los Angeles in March, most recently leaving an appointment in Beverly Hills
The tell-all biography will outline how the couple were upset that William and Kate got more prestigious royal duties than they did. Pictured: Meghan and Harry with Archie
A source said: ‘It wasn’t a rivalry between the brothers but more a sense that they would be competing over who would lead on their various issues,’ said one source.
‘Harry felt awkward as a plus one. They’d turn up at premieres and there was this sense that he felt a bit like a spare part.
‘Long before Meghan he wanted to change things. He wanted to control his own narrative. He would say, ‘Why can’t we use social media or record videos and cut out the press?’
The tensions were exacerbated after William is claimed to have taken his younger brother to one said and asked him: ‘Are you sure about this?’ after the Harry asked Meghan to marry him.
The Mail understands that Buckingham Palace fear the book will destroy any hope of Harry and Meghan repairing their relationships with the rest of the Royal Family.
A spokesman for Harry and Meghan said the couple did not contribute to the book, but he did not deny the content of The Times’s extracts.
A statement said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
‘This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.’