Huge claims in a new book have asserted that Meghan Markle believed she would be the "Beyonce of the UK" when she married Prince Harry, but later discovered she hated the strict rules of royal life and relinquished her duties as the Duchess of Sussex.
The bombshell extracts of the forthcoming book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, were published by The Times today.
Insiders claimed that the duchess thought she would be Britain's answer to Beyoncé after marrying the Queen's grandson – but was taken aback by the tightly wound protocols as a working member of the royal family and felt increasingly "cornered and misunderstood".
The book also made suggestions that the Queen was forced to take an "either in or out" stance on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's future at a meeting at Sandringham, where the royals decided Harry and Meghan's future.
According to Mr Low, the royals held a "Sandringham summit" five days after the Duke and Duchess confirmed they would be stepping back from royal duties on January 8, 2020.
A former palace insider said: "I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK. Being part of the royal family would give her that kudos. Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn't even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough."
Mr Low wrote that it was Queen Elizabeth herself who felt that if Prince Harry and Meghan were unwilling to abide by the rules applied to all working royals, they would "not be allowed to carry out official duties".
A source told Mr Low, "There was a very clear view: you can't be in and out. And if you've got such clarity of view, it's very difficult to say, 'Why don't we go 10 per cent this way instead of 20 per cent?'"
The author also claims that the Duchess of Sussex did not understand why handshakes or walkabouts were necessary during the royal tour of Australia in October 2018.
Prince Harry revealed last year that he was writing a book himself. The Duke said he was embodying the project "not as the Prince I was born, but as the man I have become".
No date has officially been confirmed for the release of the book, but it is expected to come out later this year.
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