Meghan’s claims that she was unprepared for life in the monarchy are slammed as a ‘total lie’ by sources
Royal aides have accused the Sussexes of spouting more lies in their Netflix docuseries, dismissing Meghan’s claims that she was unprepared for life in the monarchy as a ‘total lie’.
During the series of bombshells, the Duchess said she had received no advice or instruction on how to adjust to royal life, dress or reverence.
But palace insiders say that six months before the couple’s wedding, Meghan, 41, was given a 30-point dossier by Prince Harry’s private secretary, Ed Lane Fox, filled with information and contacts for help her settle into royal life.
Insiders have also refuted Meghan’s claim that Kensington Palace aides advised her not to invite her niece to her wedding is a “complete and absolute lie”.
During their Netflix series Harry & Meghan, the Sussexes claim Meghan was given no guidance on how to adjust to royal life – insiders have dismissed these claims
It comes as senior military officials and respected historians last night urged the Sussexes to avoid the coronation of King Charles next year.
In the first three episodes of the series, which aired on Thursday, Meghan said she received little guidance, unlike Disney film The Princess Diaries when the heir to the throne is given “princess lessons”.
Speaking in the documentary, the Duchess said: “Joining this family I knew there was a protocol to how things were done, and do you remember that old movie The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway?”
“There’s no class and a person who says, ‘Sit like that, cross your legs like that, use a fork, don’t do that, curtsy then, wear that kind of hat’ – that doesn’t happen. I’ve never seen photos or videos of a crowd.
Prince Harry added that the lack of a report received by Meghan was “ridiculous”.
A palace source speaking to The Sunday Times called the claims a “complete lie”.
Prince Harry added that the lack of a report received by Meghan was “ridiculous” while Meghan joked that it was not like the Disney film The Princess Diaries
They said: ‘There was preparation for everything from walks – even though she was engaged to someone who had done hundreds – clothes, everything. The level of support was intense.
Mr Fox, known as ‘The Elf’, handed Meghan documents detailing what to wear, the royal family and the constitution, the institution’s department heads, ladies-in-waiting, arts in the UK, the Charity Commission and how to manage public life in general.
Each section of the file then contained experts who could provide additional information.
The source continued, “It was huge the amount of work Elf put in to get him access to anyone and he gave him books on the subject.”
Prince Harry’s then-private secretary Ed Lane Fox, known as Elf, (pictured) reportedly handed Meghan a 30-point brief on how to adjust to royal life
Meghan is thought to have had just two expert meetings – one with the late Queen’s private secretary, Lord Geidt, and another with a ‘fashion person of confidence’.
The Duchesses claim she had no help learning the national anthem and had to Google it was true, however, with a royal source saying it hasn’t been printed because ‘you don’t can’t transfer the national anthem into someone’s brain”.
Other remarks made in the first three episodes were also dismissed by palace insiders.
In the documentary, Meghan suggests that Kensington Palace advised her not to invite Ashleigh Hale, the daughter of her half-sister Samantha Markle.
She said the “very small communications team” advised her not to invite Ashleigh because they “couldn’t figure out ‘how to explain’ that this half-sister is not invited to the wedding, but the daughter of the half-sister is.’
Viewers are led to believe that because Samantha was not invited, it was suggested that an invitation should not be extended to Ashleigh.
Ashleigh Hale (pictured) was featured in the six-part docuseries, where she spoke of her ‘hurt’ at not being invited to Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018
The episode then featured an interview with Ashleigh who claimed she was ‘hurt’ by the lack of an invitation and began to believe her relationship with the Duchess was ‘managed on some level’ by the family royal.
She said: “Communication with Meg has become less and less frequent. I felt like his relationships were managed.
A well-placed source told the Mail on Sunday: ‘It was completely within Meghan’s gift to know which of her friends and family to invite to her wedding. It wasn’t a discussion, it was his decision.
Other royal sources also confirmed to The Sunday Times that the claims are incorrect. One said: ‘It just didn’t happen. We never gave any advice, guidance or direction on who of his family or friends should or should not come to his wedding.
Others dismissed the claim that the couple’s engagement interview with BBC’s Mishal Husain was an ‘orchestrated reality TV show’, saying they ‘weren’t allowed to tell our own story’ .
The insider said they had ‘a very clear recollection’ of Meghan saying she would have invited her niece under other circumstances, but feared the invitation ‘subjected her to intense scrutiny’ .
Another added: ‘Harry was worried Meghan wouldn’t have any family at the wedding which would look weird.’ Meghan didn’t want the media to know about Ashleigh.
“No one on earth would say don’t invite the family to the wedding. It’s a complete and utter lie. We wanted more family there so it would seem less weird to her.
The Sussexes have come under fire in the days following the release of their £100m Netflix series.
Meghan claimed at one point that her and Harry’s engagement interview with the BBC’s Mishal Husain was an “orchestrated reality TV show” where they “were not allowed to tell our own story”.
The Radio 4 host took part in the debate, gasping live when she heard the claim before saying ‘recollections may vary’ in response to the claim.
A source who had been involved in the interview process said, “Every word in this interview was what they meant. She (Meghan) controlled every micro detail of how their engagement went publicly.