Meghan Markle's Desire To Break Tradition And Have Her Own 'Platform' Was What Rubbed The Royal Family The Wrong Way, Says Author
The new controversial BBC documentary The Princes and the Press is offering some insight into why the royal family wasn't too fond of Meghan Markle.
"Meghan had this agenda that once she was a member of the royal family, she was going to have this platform and she was going to have her voice," shared author Anna Pasternak. "The one thing that cannot have as a member of the royal family is your voice. And I think that she rubbed up against a lot of the cultures and a lot of people very quickly."
Royal expert Camilla Tominey noted that the monarchy is rooted in tradition, so the actress' ideas were never going to be accepted.
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"The mantra of the Palace is very much what should we do next? What did we do before? It's not, 'Let's tear everything up...'" she explained. "I think Harry and Megan very much wanted to change things and were saying things like, 'Well, why do we have to do this? Why can't we do it differently? We don't want to do it.'"
According to reports, the family wanted to view the documentary before it aired so they could respond to any claims made, but they were never allowed to do so.
A BBC spokesman commented on the situation, but didn't offer many details: "The programme is about how royal journalism is done and features a range of journalists from broadcast and the newspaper industry."
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The royals then released a statement about the ordeal. "A free, responsible and open Press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy," a statement from the palace read. "However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility."
The official synopsis says that BBC’s Media Editor Amol Rajan "tells the definitive story of one of the most dramatic periods in royal history for a generation. This is the first of a two-part series for BBC Two, documenting the years in which the younger royals — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — have charted very different courses in their relationship with the media."