Furious Meghan took staff incompetence as a disrespect after joining Firm

Diva Meghan Markle took staff incompetence as a personal affront and was insulted if she had to deal with junior staff members, claims an explosive new book on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

In his bombshell book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, veteran royal commentator for The Times Valentine Low, claims relations between Meghan and staff swiftly nosedived early into her relationship with Harry and before the pair had even tied the knot.

Although in his book, Low writes at first it appeared the former Suits actress wanted to learn the royal ways, she soon began to treat staff badly, believing it wasn't her "job" to "coddle people".

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Recalling the household's most senior figure, the Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel's early impressions of Meghan, Low claims the Lord Chamberlain found the former actress and blogger to be "very forthright", "very, very polite", and "very understanding".

"I liked her, actually," he told Low.

"She wanted to learn."

Despite this, the relationship between Meghan and the Kensington Palace team took a downhill turn.

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Following the announcement of the couple's engagement in late 2017, a senior aide tried to talk to the couple about the difficulties caused by their problematic treatment of staff, reasoning that people "needed to be treated well and with some understanding" – even when they were not performing to Meghan and Harry's high standard.

Low claims that in response, Meghan replied: "It’s not my job to coddle people."

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Meghan was also offended if she had to liaise with junior staff and wouldn't deal with them, taking it as a sign of disrespect if she had to.

This included staff members whom William and Kate had been "quite happy" to engage with, and Harry too, before Meghan came onto the scene.

"It seemed that she wanted respect and having to talk to someone a bit further down the pecking order – in a small office, where there wasn’t much of a pecking order – wasn’t treating her with respect," writes Low.

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"'She would take it as an insult,” a source told the royal commentator.

Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, is released on October 6 by Headline Books.


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