Though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were itching to get out of the royal family, it seems like they missed some aspects of it after all, a new book claims.
"I think they both complete underestimate what it was going to be like without the Palace platform," Tina Brown wrote in The Palace Papers. "However much the hated, and I think they really did, the constraints and the pettiness, essentially they conceived, of the Palace and the advisors — trying doing it without the Palace advisors, right?"
"Because what the Palace does, of course, it has an amazing convening power, there's no one who won't take a phone call from Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace, they've got a huge convening power," she continued. "Every invitation in the world comes through that conduit and private secretaries can just sift and say what about appearing this, or why don't you do this? All of that is now gone and they have to have PRs do that for them and their judgement is not necessarily the best judgement."
Now that the duo are in California and on their own, Brown believes they "are trying to leverage the royal brand and there is no PR who really knows how to do that better than Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace."
Despite some people thinking Meghan, 40, was ready to move back to America, it seems like the prince, 37, was the one to pull the trigger. “I really think Harry wanted out, himself … Meghan gave Harry the tools to leave," Brown stated. "She understood the world of agents and deals. I mean this wasn’t Harry’s world, but suddenly he had in Meghan a very worldly strategist who he decided to trust above all the other advisors…"
The book also claims that Meghan didn't like going on royal tours. "She had starred in the equivalent of a blockbuster film and wanted her leading-lady status to be reflected in lights," the book reads.