Meghan Markle is a strong, reasonable woman being told ‘sit down and shut up’, expert says
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Meghan Markle is a strong woman asking for something reasonable and being told to "sit down and shut up", a royal expert says.
The insider's comments came in response to a Hollywood screenwriter's criticisms that the Duchess of Sussex fails to cope with "rejection". He claimed she is "nice and smiley" until someone "steps in her way".
Meghan's alleged "remorseless" nature has been linked to an incident at a Fijian market during the royal couple's 2018 tour.
But a royal expert tells OK! this is another example of a strong woman asking for something reasonable and being told to keep quiet and deal with it.
It has been claimed Meghan was annoyed at her aides for taking her to an engagement in Figi where UN Women – who had previously assigned her to a "lesser role" of advocate instead of goodwill ambassador – were advertised.
An LA screenwriter, who royal biographer Robert Lacey says was close to Meghan's friend at the time of her first marriage, claimed the Duchess can become "remorseless" if she doesn't get what she wants.
"We hear words like 'remorseless', 'ruthless' and 'difficult' being used about women in the spotlight, or in positions of power, all the time," a royal expert contests.
"It's archaic to expect every female member of the Royal Family to be demure and afraid of confrontation. We have to be careful about reading into accusations like this. It's a classic 'sit down and shut up' attitude.
"Meghan, like everyone, has a right to question decisions being made on her behalf or about her movements without being branded a b****."
Lawyers for the duchess denied she had left because of the organisation, and said she met with other leaders from UN Women later in the tour.
Meghan was pregnant with Archie when she embarked on a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in 2018.
She took 14 flights and attended 76 engagements, starting in Sydney where Prince Harry was hosting the fourth of his Invictus Games.
Screaming crowds greeted the couple wherever they went and, according to royal expert Lacey, observers noted how positively local teenagers responded to the couple.
Indigenous Australians in particular were drawn to Meghan as a non-white face who represented them in a way that the formal and "Pommie" royal family had never done before.
But Lacey said things went wrong a few days later in Fiji when Meghan left an engagement early.
He claimed CCTV cameras captured Meghan turning to speak to an aide in a way "that made the younger woman's face blanch" before she was swept away by security guards.
At the time, the reason given for the abrupt end to her walkabout was that the crowds grew too big to control.
But Lacey said Meghan's sudden dash may have been because she "caught sight of promotional material advertising UN Women".
"Meghan does not cope well with what she perceives as rejection," a Hollywood insider reportedly told him.
"She's nice and smiley as can be until you step in her way or don't give her what she hopes for.
"Then she can be remorseless – heaven help you!"
But this has been denied by the duchess's lawyers and PR staff, all of whom have explained their client's abrupt departure was due to heat, overcrowding and the effects of her pregnancy.
Meanwhile, claims Meghan bullied royal staff are still being investigated after more than three months.
The final report from Buckingham Palace's probe was due to be released this week – but it could be delayed until 2022.
An independent law firm was expected to reveal the finer details in the annual Sovereign Grant report. But royal sources have confirmed the inquiry is "ongoing", The Times reports.
The Palace launched the investigation after the Duchess of Sussex was accused of bullying two senior staff members.
Jason Knauf, who worked in comms for both the Cambridges and the Sussexes, submitted an official email in October 2018. Meghan allegedly snapped "it’s not my job to coddle people" after aides were left in tears and humiliated by her "difficult demands".
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