Meghan’s former agent Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, who is from the UK, told the Daily Mail in October that she tried to explain the intense media scrutiny she would be under if she married Harry. She said: “I told her she didn’t know what she was letting herself in for.” Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne said Meghan was “naive” about dealing with the press and the pressures of being a member of the Royal Family.
Meghan’s former friend claimed she was shut down when she tried to bring it up, Meghan telling her she did not want to hear her “negativity”.
Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne told her side of the story after the Duchess of Sussex admitted British friends tried to warn her, but that she “didn’t get it”.
In an interview with ITV’s Tom Brady for the documentary ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’, Meghan said: “I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand here.
“When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.”
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Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne, 54, was a close confidant of Meghan’s until shortly before her engagement to Harry, when she cut ties with her.
A director at the London-based talent agency Kruger Cowne, Meghan’s friend said she “changed” when things started getting serious with Harry.
The top agent said: “I knew the documentary was on, but I made a decision not to watch it.
“However I’ve since read that Prince Harry talks about his relationship with his brother and that Meghan discusses her struggles of being in the spotlight with the press.
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“I did speak to Meghan about the British media and it was clear that she didn’t know what she was letting herself in for. She was naive. I still think that now.”
Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne knew about the relationship from the very beginning.
In fact, she had lunch with the then-Suits actor just before her first date with Harry in 2016 and she whispered the secret to her then.
They were eating in the Delaunay restaurant in London’s Covent Garden when Meghan told her: “I’m going on a date tonight… with Prince Harry!”
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She recalled: “She whispered it so quietly I had to ask her to repeat it.
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, but I think she could barely believe it either.
“We were both extremely excited.
“I looked at how stunning she was and I just thought: ‘There’s no way he’s going to be able to resist her.’”
She added that, as the relationship blossomed, Meghan confided in her that things were getting serious between the two of them.
It was then that Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne decided she needed to warn her how a romance with a high-profile royal could impact her life.
However, Meghan put her hand up, brushed aside her concerns and said she didn’t want her negativity.
She said: “One day we were having lunch on the Strand in London and it was obvious it was getting very serious with Harry.
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“I said, ‘This is serious. This is the end of your normal life, the end of privacy – everything.’
“But she just held up her hand and said: ‘Stop. I don’t want to hear any negativity. This is a happy time for us.”
Meghan, who was still basking in the glow of a happy new relationship, did not want to be brought down by her friend’s worries.
However, in retrospect it appears that she may have buried her head in the sand.
Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne described her friend as someone who hates “negativity” and is “so focused on what she wants” that she will stop people if they try to question her decisions.
She even claimed Meghan is “picky” and someone who “likes to move on” quickly if she does not agree with them all the time.
Ms Nelthorpe-Cowe, who described Meghan as “difficult” to work with, split from her professionally in October 2017, a week before the engagement announcement.
Their last exchange was via a lawyer ending this working relationship.
She has not had any correspondence with Meghan since then.
While the top agent no longer sees Meghan, she described her fondly as “delightful, warm personable and hugely charismatic”.