Meghan Markle’s desire to borrow from the Princess Diana playbook has backfired now her father has leaked an intimate five-page letter, a royal biographer claims.
Andrew Morton, who previously penned a biography about the Princess of Wales, says that by allowing friends to speak to a magazine on her behalf, the Duchess of Sussex inadvertently goaded her father into making further humiliating revelations.
Princess Diana, who also faced accusations of being difficult and felt gagged by strict royal protocol, allowed friends to anonymously address rumours in the press.
The Duchess of Sussex and Princess Diana both faced frosty coverage as they entered the royal household
Taking a leaf straight from Diana’s book, five of Meghan’s friends spoke to People magazine this week, in which they addressed the accusations of her being a bossy bride and, crucially, made stinging remarks about her father, Thomas Markle.
Mr Markle, who in the run up to the Royal wedding consorted with tabloids and made a series of humiliating gaffes, then leaked the five-page letter sent to him last August, which describes how his behaviour had ‘broken her into a million pieces’.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton examines the comparison between the two royals and says Meghan should not have allowed her friends to speak to the press on her behalf
Mr Morton claims the letter, which also pleads with the retired lighting director to stop speaking to the media, would never have been leaked had her friends not made comments about him in People.
Penning a comparison between the two royals in a Daily Telegraph write-up, Mr Morton says Meghan needn’t be a ‘Diana 2.0’, she can more accurately be described as a ‘Meghan 1.0’.
Also during his piece, Mr Morton examines how both the Duchess of Sussex and Princess Diana were blamed for the departure of royal staff.
At the end of 2018, it emerged that personal aide to Meghan, Samantha Cohen, was leaving her job.
Also last year, it was revealed that Meghan Markle’s personal assistant Melissa Touabti was quitting her job just six months after the Royal wedding last May.
Mr Morton writes that sudden departures so soon after her marriage to Prince Charles also led to Princess Diana falling under scrutiny too.
Meghan Markle was criticized after two royal staff quite their jobs soon after her wedding
After her marriage to Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was blamed for the sudden departure of her husband’s private secretary, valet and Scotland Yard bodyguard along with other long-serving staff.
Princess Diana was also pitted against Sarah Ferguson when it came to her fashion style in the same way Kate and Meghan have writes Mr Morton.
In the same way Princess Diana was initially portrayed as being difficult, so too has Meghan Markle faced her fair share of criticism concerning her conduct.
In the run up to the royal wedding claims of her being difficult began to surface over accusations of a disagreement she had with Kate Middleton over the Princess Charlotte dress.
Writing on her frosty relationship with her father Mr Morton added: ‘Don’t think for a moment that this family feud is going to end any time soon’
In spite of performing more than 100 engagements and showing her support for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire and ecological clothing manufacturers, Meghan Markle has not received the recognition she may have wanted continues Mr Morton.
This was a similar ‘state of play’ for Diana Mr Morton writes, adding that the late princess once told him she ‘never got a ‘well done’ or a pat on the back.’
Writing on Meghan Markle’s frosty relationship with her father Mr Morton added: ‘Don’t think for a moment that this family feud is going to end any time soon.’