Meghan Markle was branded “Duchess of Difficult” and “Di 2” by Palace staff just weeks after her arrival, an explosive new royal biography has claimed.
A new book is set to lift the lid on life behind closed doors at Kensington Palace – Meghan and Prince Harry ’s former home. A biography will reveal the “real reason” Kate Middleton and Meghan’s feud apparently started – pointing to a “shouting” Meghan leaving Kate “horrified”.
But it has emerged the book – called “Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary To Meghan Markle” – will also delve into the staff’s feelings about Meghan.
The writer – Tom Quinn – will speak to Palace staff to gauge an idea of life at Kensington while Meghan and Harry – who now live in Los Angeles after quitting the Royal Family – lived there.
He writes in the book, which has been serialised by the Daily Mail, that one former servant told him of their struggles with Meghan’s ways and unconventional background.
The servant tells him: “’Like many people not used to dealing with servants, Meghan overdoes the imperiousness.
“So on the one hand she wants to be like Diana, a people’s princess, and on the other she wants people to stand to attention when she clicks her fingers.”
Tom adds: “From the viewpoint of many of the palace staff, she was the dominant partner in the marriage. As Harry has said himself: ‘What Meghan wants, Meghan gets’.
“This cut no ice with the staff who, according to reliable reports, began using rather unflattering nicknames for her within weeks of her arrival: ‘Me-Gain’, the ‘Duchess of Difficult’ and even ‘Di 2’ or ‘Di Lite’.
“Meanwhile, the royal courtiers at Kensington — the same tweedy, British, public-school, ex-army aristocrats they’ve always been — simply didn’t know what to make of Meghan.”
Touching back on the alleged feud between the Cambridges and Sussexes, Tom also tells how insiders at Kensington Palace insist Kate was “very warm” to Meghan when she arrived.
But they also claim that Meghan struggled to come to terms with her lower status compared to future Queen Kate.
“Yet when Meghan first moved into Harry’s cottage in the Kensington Palace grounds, Kate had been welcoming and both couples had got on well,” he writes.
“’Kate is actually one of the nicest royals, and she hasn’t let life in her extremely grand apartment at Kensington go to her head — or at least not too much,’ said a palace insider.
“‘She is nice to her staff, in the main, and she was very warm towards Meghan when she arrived.
“’But tensions were bound to arise because Meghan inevitably had to accept that, although she is a duchess, she is not married to the next king.
“’I think she has found that difficult to deal with’.”
“Extracted from Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary To Meghan Markle” by Tom Quinn, published by Biteback, to be released on May 14.