Meghan Markle couldn’t ‘switch off that American dream,' viscountess alleges: ‘Your duty is to the queen’
Julie Montagu, an American viscountess, knows that marrying into the British aristocracy is not as glamorous as it sounds.
The 47-year-old Illinois native moved to the UK 16 years ago when she said "yes" to Luke Timothy Charles Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke, son of the 11th Earl of Sandwich. She is currently helping her husband run the family estate in Dorset - the 16th century Mapperton House & Gardens.
She believed that American actress Meghan Markle was struggling to understand that her "duty was the Queen" when she married Britain's Prince Harry in 2018.
"You can not really be anything you want to be or do what you want to do or say," she revealed in the British documentary "Meghan at 40: The Climb to Power", as quoted by the DailyMail on Friday.
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"Her duty is the queen and that is very difficult for someone like Meghan," said Montagu. “Shutting down this American dream and accepting 'now you have to do what we say' is difficult. It is difficult to work love and duty at the same time and together and that is exactly what Harry and Meghan wanted in negotiations with the Queen, this synergy that they can do work, but the Queen said no. "
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According to the outlet, the documentary claims that Markle and Harry, 36, gave Oprah Winfrey their "truth bomb" in March for expecting "an apology" from the royal family.
"I think she felt it was an opportunity for her not only to share it with the world, but also hoped the royal family was actually listening," Montagu said.
In 2020, Montagu told Fox News she wasn't surprised Markle moved back to the US.
"She got such really relentless negative press from the British tabloids," she said at the time. “It doesn't surprise me at all. I think they had enough. And we saw what happened to Princess Diana. And I think the last thing that wanted to happen to Harry was exactly the same thing that happened to his mother, I think they did really well. I mean, I've been there, I've read all of the articles. "
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Nor was she surprised that Harry was leaving his homeland for a new life in America.
"I think Harry was always the rebel, right?" She said. "He probably prefers this life. He's not being followed by the press. He's been followed all his life. He's finally left mostly alone and can lead this relaxed life. They just do what they" want to do. "
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's resignation from royal duties began in 2020 due to what they described as the British media's interference and racist attitudes towards the former "Suits" star. The family now lives in the coastal town of Montecito, California.
After giving up their royal duties, they gave Winfrey, 67, an explosive TV interview in which the couple described painful comments about how dark their son Archie's skin could be before he was born. The Duchess spoke of the intense isolation she felt within the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the couple's allegations of racism were "worrying" and would be addressed privately.
Winfrey and Harry worked on the Apple TV + mental health series "The Me You Can't See".
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth in line to the British throne.
The name pays tribute to both Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother Diana.
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