This week, Lady Colin Campbell claimed the Duchess of Sussex was given “greater privileges” than any other royal bride, including Kate Middleton. She told the Daily Star that Meghan was the only fiancée to ever be asked to Windsor before the wedding, for example. She said: “The Royal Family went out of their way to embrace her in a way that they have never gone out of their way to embrace anybody else.”
Another rare gesture that demonstrated the Royal Family’s commitment to Meghan was that the Queen took Meghan on the royal train with her just a month after her wedding.
Duncan Larcombe, author of ‘Prince Harry: The Inside Story’, told the 2018 ABC documentary ‘Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries’: “The royal train, not many people have ever been on it.
“And you sit down and have kippers, or whatever, with the Queen and she’s probably the most famous woman on the planet.”
The royal train was all part of a day in which Meghan and the Queen carried out a royal engagement alone together.
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Queen Elizabeth II offered Meghan Markle a rare opportunity not long after her wedding
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It demonstrated how the Queen wanted to really get to know Meghan and involve her in the work of the Royal Family.
ABC royal contributor Imogen Lloyd Webber added: “Interestingly, within a month of getting married the Queen took Meghan on the royal trail ‒ girls’ trip!
“Kate didn’t do a solo trip with the Queen for a year.
“The Queen is incredibly smart. The Queen sees Meghan as a useful tool in securing and symbolising the future of the monarchy for decades to come.”
Meghan shares a giggle with the Queen
In this way, the Queen pulled out all the stops and rolled out the red carpet for Meghan, so she must have been devastated when it did not work.
As time went on, Meghan and Harry started distancing themselves from the family.
Firstly, they wanted to split from William and Kate at Kensington Palace and set up their home elsewhere.
The Queen gave them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor and they were given millions of pounds to refurbish the house.
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However, rumours of a royal rift were growing stronger and Harry even admitted that he did not see his brother as much as he used to.
Meanwhile, the Sussexes were struggling with the pressure of press and public scrutiny.
Meghan told ITV’s Tom Bradby in the documentary ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’ that it was a “struggle”.
She said the added pressure of this scrutiny on top of being a newlywed and a new mother was “a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes”.
Then, it was announced in January that the pair would be stepping down as senior royals.
They whisked themselves off to Canada for a short time before settling in Meghan’s home town of Los Angeles, California.
The whole affair has been an incredible strain not just to Meghan and Harry but to all the royals they left behind including the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.
In their absence, other royals have also had to take up the slack including Sophie, Countess of Wessex, believed to be the Queen’s favourite daughter-in-law.
Meghan and Harry now live in LA with their son Archie
It was reported that the Queen was also “hurt” by the way in which Meghan and Harry made their announcement.
She had instructed them not to announce their intention until they had hashed out exactly what their plan would look like with the Prince of Wales.
However, they apparently got impatient and released the information early.
After all the Queen did to make Meghan feel welcome, it may well have felt like a kick in the teeth.
Nevertheless, Buckingham Palace have said they support the couple’s decision.