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Meghan Markle was “loved” by the Queen when she first joined the Royal Family, but things changed when the former actress wanted to “rewrite the rules”, a royal expert has claimed.

Meghan reportedly began dating Prince Harry after being introduced by a mutual friend on a blind date in July 2016, before she was officially welcomed into the Royal Family at the couple’s lavish wedding ceremony in May 2018.

Before the Sussexes departed from royal life in early 2020, Meghan reportedly got on well with the Queen, admitting in her infamous Oprah Winfrey interview that the monarch had been “wonderful” to her.

But, since moving to the US to set up a new life as a celebrity, Meghan has not returned to the UK to visit the monarch, and decided not to attend a memorial service for Prince Philip last month.

Now, royal author Tom Quinn has looked back on the reception Meghan received from the press and the royal institution.

“There’s a process of, ‘we build them up, and then we knock them down’,” he told the Royally Obsessed podcast.

“It happened very much with Meghan Markle. When she first came it was a breath of fresh air, it was just what the Royal Family needed; someone who was bi-racial, was divorced, with a completely different background.

“I’ve heard from people who are close to the Queen, that the Queen loved her at first. But of course the Royal Family wants people who come into it to obey the Royal Family’s rules, and I think Meghan wanted to rewrite the rules.

“That was never going to be allowed to happen. So, initially the press did more or less what the Queen did. The press loved her, but then when rumours began to circulate that she was trying to change things in the Royal Family, that meant she was such a target for the British press that they just couldn’t resist it.”

Similarly, Tom suggested that Meghan’s initial arrival had offered the opportunity for a fresh start for Prince Harry, who was growing tired of following royal convention.

“Along comes Meghan Markle and she just says, ‘right Harry, we’re going to do this, we’re going to go and live in Windsor, no I don’t like Windsor, we’re going to go and live in Canada’,” he explained.

“And I think he loves that, someone taking control and being completely honest with him, which for a royal doesn’t happen that much; it normalises things for them which is very refreshing.”

Buckingham Palace and a spokesperson for Meghan have been contacted for comment.

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  • Prince Harry
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