Meghan Markle has something in common with Prince Philip – they both felt disrespectful and downplayed by palace officials when they married their royal spouses.
The prince felt he was being treated as an “outsider” and “condescended” when he married the then Princess Elizabeth, just as Markle says she was treated when she married Prince Harry.
“Life at court was very frustrating for him in the beginning. It was very stuffy, “said Lord Brabourne, a relative of Philips’s, according to Ingrid Seward in her book,” My Husband and I: The Story of the Royal Marriage. “
The courtiers were not so keen on Philip from the start. Despite being distantly related to the queen, they did not like that he was born in Greece and therefore a stranger, Seward wrote.
“Tommy Lascelles (private secretary to the king) was impossible. They were bloody to him. They downloaded him. They treated him like an outsider. It was not much fun, ”she remarked.
“Of course he laughed at it, but it must have hurt. I̵
But the queen, who had fallen in love with Philip as a 13-year-old, was not interested in what Palace officials thought. The couple married in 1947.
In those days, courtiers and older members of the royal house exercised enormous influence and power.
Prince Philip, who famously spoke his mind and did not suffer fools, was outraged by palace advisers who found him “abrasive and rude.”
“He knew he was going to go into the lions’ den. He was very conscious of the way he had been treated and how hard he had to have to fight for his position and his independence (against the establishment). What he did not know was how intimidating it must be, ”said Philips’ cousin, Lady Pamela Hicks, according to Seward’s book.
When Elizabeth’s father died unexpectedly in 1952 and made her sovereign ruler at the age of 25, it turned Philip’s world upside down. He was forced to give up his career in the Navy and cut a new position for himself.
“Philip was constantly squeezed, snubbed, ticked, rapped over the bones,” said Duke’s former private secretary Mike Parker, according to the Express newspaper. “It was unbearable. The problem was simply that Philip had energy, ideas, get-up-and-go, and it did not suit the company, not a bit. ”
And like her father-in-law, Meghan Markle’s problems with the castle began almost immediately after she and Prince Harry married in May 2018.
It was outrageous that the former “Suits” star sent an email to his staff at. 5 with ideas on how she could shape her role, and was accused “of tearing up the royal playbook.”
And just as Philip was criticized for his disrespect and non-British background, so was Markle.
Royal expert Camilla Tominey told The New Yorker that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s unpleasant feud with the royal family was ignited by the California native’s “clash” with palace staff who disliked her perceived disrespect for palace traditions, and they were suspicious of her Hollywood background.
“I have put it down to a clash of cultures in the sense that she had come from a world of celebrity, which is very fast-paced and very demanding,” Tominey said. “The royal world is very different – it has to be slower and enormously hierarchical.”
Days before the now California-based park’s bomb interview with Oprah Winfrey, the palace claimed that Markle had bullied staff during her time as a working royal at Kensington Palace – something her office has strongly denied.