Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit their roles as senior royals because they had “had enough” of the “relentless negative press,” an insider has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with baby Archie, are currently living in a Hollywood mansion owned by actor and director Tyler Perry.
Their decision in January to step back from the Royal Family stunned the world, but one of Meghan’s fellow countrywomen said she wasn’t surprised.
Julie Montagu is an American who became Viscountess Hinchingbrooke when she married Luke Timothy Charles Montagu, son of the 11th Earl of Sandwich.
The mum-of-four is currently starring in the Smithsonian Channel’s “An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates” where she tours some of the UK’s most important and historic homes.
But for her day job, Illinois-born Julie, 46, is helping her husband run the family’s 16th-century Mapperton House estate in Dorset.
Speaking to Fox News, she said Harry had always been a “rebel” who had wanted to quit the Royal Family because he was tired of being “hounded by the press”.
She also said it wasn’t surprising Meghan had chosen to move back to her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and young son.
Julie said Meghan “was getting such really relentless negative press,” adding: “I think they had enough. And we saw what happened to Princess Diana.”
She went on: “I think the last thing Harry wanted to happen was the exact same thing that happened to his mother.”
It isn’t clear what the couple will do next as they start a new life in the United States.
Today marks two years since Harry and Meghan married in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle.
Yesterday, a royal expert claimed the couple wanted to be “international royals” from the start.
A new biography of the Sussexes aims to “set the record straight” about the pair, as Meghan rejects the image of her as a “diva”.
The pair originally flew to Canada after quitting their royal duties but left for LA when the coronavirus lockdown started.
At the weekend, it was reported the couple will finally start paying back the £2.4m in taxpayers’ money used to refurbish Frogmore Cottage, their 10-bedroom residence in the grounds of Windsor Castle.