Meghan ‘more sinned against than sinning’ in effort to ‘change’ royals – author

Meghan Markle “set herself up” for criticism by making efforts to change the Royal Family for the better, a royal author has claimed.

Meghan married into the royal institution when she wed Prince Harry in a Windsor ceremony in May 2018.

However, her time as a working royal was short-lived, and the couple stepped away from their royal duties in early 2020 to set up new lives as celebrities in California.

Since then, the Sussexes’ relationship with the royals has reportedly deteriorated, with the conflict culminating in an explosive interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey, where Meghan laid out her struggles to fit in with the Firm.

Now, royal author Tom Quinn has defended the former actress, suggesting that criticism of Meghan had simply arisen from her unsuccessful attempts to challenge long-standing conventions.

“What happened after the marriage was that I think Meghan found being part of the Royal Family absolutely stultifying because they were not prepared to change at all,” he told the Royally Us podcast.

“They basically said to her, ‘you have to obey our rules and we’re not going to change the rules’.”

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Tom claimed that this marked a sharp contrast from Meghan’s first introductions to the family, where she was “idealised” for her differences.

But, the author suggested that when Meghan “did try to change things”, she “set herself up perfectly” for criticism from long-standing supporters of the royal institution.

He continued: “All she was really trying to do was trying to say, ‘look, there may be better ways of doing things, we don’t have to do everything in the way that it’s been done for 100 years just because it’s been done for 100 years’.

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“So I think she was to some extent more sinned against than sinning.”

This comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been criticised for choosing to travel to The Hague to attend the Invictus Games after opting against visiting the UK for a memorial to celebrate Prince Philip’s life.

Since starting her new life in LA, the Duchess hasn’t returned publicly to meet the royals, and the Queen is yet to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet, who will turn one in June, during the monarch’s Jubilee celebrations.

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