Royal staff ‘feared Meghan Markle could secretly tape Sandringham summit’

Royal staff feared Meghan Markle would secretly tape Megxit talks between the Queen, Prince William, Prince Charles and her husband Prince Harry, it has been reported.

An insider reportedly told the The Sun the “depth of trust” between Meghan and the Royals was so deep it was feared she could record phone conversations.

In particular, advisors said the four-hour Sandringham Summit on January 13, which was attended by the Queen, Charles, William and Harry, could have been saved to play back at a later date.

The suggestion has been fuelled by pro-Meghan biography Finding Freedom, written by journalists-turned authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie.

A source told The Sun: "During the conversations at Sandringham, aides were concerned Meghan would demand to come on the phone and tape what was said to use in the future.

"Now that didn’t happen, of course, but it shows the depth of mistrust between the Sussexes and the other royal households at the time.

"Since the book that hasn’t got any better."

While relations have hit rock bottom, there is an acknowledgement that Meghan could have caused a lot more damage by taking the nuclear option of a Panorama-style Diana interview, The Sun adds.

The source continued to the publication: "That didn’t happened and the details of the talks were kept secret.

"But the fact there were serious suspicions is indicative of how bad things got.

"Now the book has exploded all of that negativity again. It’s very unhelpful."

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Shortly after the summit, the Queen released a statement and confirmed Prince Harry and Meghan would be stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

The statement read: "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life."

Prince Harry and Meghan had been living in Canada since before Christmas 2019, hiding out at a luxurious property in Vancouver.

The pair then moved to Los Angeles just as the north American border shut because of coronavirus, the couple now live in Santa Barbara with Archie.

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