Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019

Meghan Markle Prince Harry: Source ‘close to’ Harry criticises Royal Family

Dan Wootton told Christine Bleakley on Lorraine today: “Sources close to Harry told me last night ‘Harry is back at Frogmore Cottage and has never been stronger.’”

The celebrity news columnist noted: “This seems like a direct repost to claims he is fragile, made by Prince William.”

In what is becoming somewhat of a back and forth, sources directly from the palace told the BBC in recent days Prince William is “worried” and hopes his brother and sister-in-law “are all right.”

The source said there was a view within the Royal Family that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “in a fragile place”.

Dan went on to add “sources close to Harry” have made another comment.

Dan stated the insider had said: “This (the Royal Family) is an institution full of people panicked they may potentially look out of touch and ultimately to blame for a lack of support.”

The Australian journalist told the stand-in presenter on the ITV show: “This is the Sussex’s throwing down the gauntlet.”

It comes after another claim was made a source close to Harry and Meghan, claiming they have “single-handedly modernised” the Royal Family.

The statement was made to US news outlet CNN, which states the source is “close to” the Sussexes.

CNN’s source complained that UK reports of the couple’s woes and media briefings by “palace insiders and friends” were classic examples of “anti-Prince Harry and Meghan hysteria”.

CNN reported: “The source added that the institution around the British Royal Family is full of people afraid of and inexperienced at how to best help harness and deploy the value of the royal couple who, they said, have single-handedly modernised the monarchy.”

Dan Wootton told Lorraine presenter Christine: “There is a degree of fury about his claim, a lot of people saying ‘Hang on, if there is one person who has modernised the Royal Family, it’s the Queen’.”

He compared the news to the actions of Princess Diana before she and Prince Charles split.

Dan said: “This is what Princess Diana was doing before she left the Royal Family, with that interview with Martin Basheer.

“You have senior members of the Royal Family saying we have tired to support Harry and Meghan, we have invited them to events they haven’t come to.”

A body language expert told how Meghan Markle’s ‘vulnerability’ was clear last night during an event in London. 

The Duchess of Sussex attended the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony at Royal Albert Hall last night.

During their interviews during “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey”, both Harry and Meghan reference news reports about rifts in the Royal Family

Prince Harry did not deny speculation that the two are not as close as they once were. The Duke of Sussex said: “Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under. Inevitably, you know, stuff happens. But we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers.

“We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.”

Meghan spoke out about negative press and claimed few had inquired after her welfare.

She said: “Not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile

Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.

Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.


Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.

She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.

Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.

She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.

Charity and humanitarian work

Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.

She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.

And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.


In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.

But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.

And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.

They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Meghan’s heritage

Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.

Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.

She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.

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