Palace insiders ‘called Meghan self-indulgent’ for Africa interview, book claims

Meghan Markle was called "tone-deaf" and "self-indulgent" by people within Buckingham Palace for her interview with ITV's Tom Brady during their tour of Africa last year, a royal biographer has claimed.

Robert Lacey, author of new book Battle of the Brothers, claims a "powerful constituency" inside Buckingham Palace believed Meghan appeared "miserably self-indulgent" in an interview with ITV’s Tom Brady last year.

Brady’s candid interview with the couple shone a light on Meghan’s opinion of life in the spotlight and unwanted media attention.

The Duchess of Sussex admitted she had been struggling behind closed doors and said the press made the first year of her marriage to Prince Harry hard.

Fighting back tears, Meghan said: "Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn – you know…

"And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed it’s, well…

"And, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."

Public opinion for the Royal couple soared after the trip, but Robert Lacey claims Buckingham Palace felt she bemoaned her life within The Firm.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Lacey claims: "A powerful constituency inside Buckingham Palace, headed by the Queen’s right-hand man, her private secretary Sir Edward Young, believed Meghan’s interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby during their tour of Africa last year – in which she bemoaned her life – showed a "bizarre tone-deafness" and was "miserably self-indulgent."

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Battle of the Brothers charts the alleged breakdown of Prince William’s relationship with Prince Harry, one factor believed to have ultimately led to the Duke of Sussex stepping down from his senior role.

He also claims senior Royals saw Harry and Meghan’s decision to make their plans public through the Sussex Royal website and Instagram before agreeing it with the Queen as it as a "huge mark of disrespect."

Mr Lacey also sets out his view that this led to the couple being ”non-personed" in the traditional Christmas broadcast on purpose due to their "erratic and impulsive" behaviour.

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