Meghan Markle has fumed that she and Prince Harry are being “picked on” and feel “insulted” over the Megxit crisis, her pals have reportedly said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will quit as senior royals, give up their HRH title and lose all their public funding on March 31 after a transition period.
A glum-looking Harry arrived in Edinburgh from Canada last night to start his and Meghan’s final engagements as royals – with Meghan due to join him in London next week.
The prince told an audience at a travel conference this morning to refer to him as “Harry” as he dropped his own title, despite still currently being a royal.
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It came after the Queen banned Harry and Meghan from using the word “royal” in their “Sussex Royal” branding following tense talks with Palace officials.
But now pals of Meghan have reportedly revealed the Duchess has grumbled over the word being banned, accusing the move as a “payback” for her and Harry wanting to be independent.
The Sussexes had already issued an extraordinary statement after the ban was made public, appearing to complain the palace was treating them differently to other family members.
But the Mail Online has reported that her pals told them: “Meghan said that (she and Harry) were left with no choice but to make a public statement.
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“She said if anyone should feel insulted, it should be them.
“They never intended to capitalise on the word royal, and to insinuate they were somehow abusing their privileges is absurd.”
Despite the apparent anger over recent events, the pals added that Meghan has no qualms about being in the UK to take on her final engagements alongside Harry.
The friend reportedly added: “Meghan is going straight to London, not Edinburgh because that's Harry's thing.
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“She said she and Harry will continue to rise above jealousy and pettiness and focus on the good they are creating and on being the best parents to Archie.
“She said she will continue to champion Harry because out of everyone, he has the most integrity and the most loyalty.”
Meghan also apparently believes the Queen was “under pressure to make those demands about the name change”, because Harry is the Queen's “favourite and others just can't deal with it”.
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Following this morning’s engagement in Edinburgh, Harry is due to visit the Invictus Games choir on Friday before Meghan joins him in London to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards on March 5.
Harry will then attend the Silverstone Experience on March 6 on a solo visit, before he and Meghan attend the Mountbatten Music Festival the following day.
Meghan will undertake her final solo royal engagement at International Women’s Day on March 8, before she and Harry finally take on their last engagement at the Commonwealth Service on March 9.
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