Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently announced their permanent split from the Royal Family but, according to one royal expert, the Duchess had been planning it all along.
Buckingham Palace made the shock announcement that the Sussexes would be stepping back as senior royals last Friday (February 19).
It was immediately followed by a statement from Harry and Meghan, which some royal commentators have suggested showed that they "hit the roof" at the decision.
But, according to the Evening Standard's royal editor Robert Jobson, the former Suits actress had been planning the move all along.
Speaking on True Royalty TV's weekly The Royal Beat programme, he said Harry is "now barely recognisable", adding: "I think she [Meghan] is totally disingenuous.
"I think she had a plan from the outset that she wasn’t going to stick with it [The Royal Family] and it didn’t take long.
"The Royal Family would have done their best to have helped her and they would have tried."
He also commented on the couple's high-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey next month, claiming the only reason the couple would have agreed to the TV appearance is to "boost their brand”.
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The royal expert, who co-penned the best-selling biography Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, added they need "as much attention as possible" as they build their lives outside The Firm.
Jobson went on to say that Harry and Meghan had "been given a lot of slack, but they were damn right rude to The Queen and the Royal Family.”
Dickie Arbiter, 81, who was an official spokesman for Her Majesty the Queen for over a decade, appeared on the same episode.
He predicted that the Oprah interview would probably focus on criticising Palace staff, rather then the royal family themselves: "They are not going to rubbish the Royal Family, because it is not in their interest.
"So they will talk about the ‘suits’, how the officials didn’t back them up.
"They will certainly talk about what they are aiming to achieve; they will talk about family life, babies, and motherhood.
"They will talk about the British media because that sticks in the craw as fair as they are concerned.”
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