Meghan Markle slammed for use of royal title on new book
Royal commentator Angela Levin said using the title of Duchess of Sussex on the front cover of Meghan’s first children’s book is “ridiculous” in the wake of Megxit and the damaging interview with Oprah Winfrey. The biographer said: “The fact that she wants to cling on to her royal title and the book is written by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is laughable.”
Speaking to Sun Online, she added: “Because they wanted to get away from the Royal Family, they hated the Royal Family – they felt trapped.
“They didn’t like it, they wanted freedom and they’ve got freedom.
“You can’t have everything you want like that.”
Meghan and Harry spoke about feeling trapped within the Royal Family and the palace during their interview with Oprah, first aired in early March.
Meghan Markle has been criticised for using her title on the front cover of her new children’s book
Meghan Markle joined the Royal Family in 2018
In her landmark two-hour-long chat with the US journalist, Meghan revealed she was hugely struggling with her mental health while pregnant with Archie Harrison.
After claiming she had asked the palace for help but was told they could do nothing for her, she went on saying as a senior royal she “couldn’t just go” check herself in a hospital.
She said: “You couldn’t. I mean, you have to understand, as well, when I joined that family, that was the last time, until we came here, that I saw my passport, my driver’s licence, my keys.
“All that gets turned over. I didn’t see any of that any more.”
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Meghan Markle’s book will be available from June 8
Oprah told Meghan: “Well, the way you’re describing this, it… it’s like you were trapped and couldn’t get help, even though you’re on the verge of suicide. That’s what you are describing. That’s what I’m hearing.”
Asked if this would be “an accurate interpretation” of what she was saying, Meghan replied: “That’s the truth”.
The Duchess also claimed she was not able to make simple decisions for herself without involving the palace, such as going out for lunch with a friend or speaking to Oprah over the phone alone to turn down her first interview request.
Similarly, Prince Harry spoke about feeling trapped in the institution.
The front cover of The Bench
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah aired in early March
Asked whether he would have left the Royal Family had he never met Meghan, he said: “I wouldn’t have…
“I wouldn’t have been able to, because I myself was trapped as well. I didn’t see a way out.”
He went on claiming the rest of his family are also trapped within the Firm.
Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex upon marrying Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married in Windsor
Less than two years later, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially stepped down as full-time working royals, relinquishing their rights to carry out royal engagements, their royal and military patronages and to be funded by the Sovereign Grant.
In turn, they were allowed to become financially independent from taxpayers, which would grant them less public scrutiny, and live abroad with their son Archie.
They also retained their full royal titles – but can no longer use their His/Her Royal Highness styles.
Since stepping down, Meghan and Prince Harry have continued to use their titles both in their profitable endeavours and charity work.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with their son Archie
Earlier this week, Meghan announced her debut as a children’s book writer.
Her first book, The Bench, illustrated by Christian Robinson, will be released on June 8.
Speaking about her first work as a published author, she said: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.
“That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.
“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”