Queen ‘told Meghan she could continue acting instead of being full-time royal’

The Queen is said to have ‘told Meghan she could continue acting instead of becoming full-time royal’ (Picture: Getty)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were offered the chance to take on a less demanding role in the Royal Family before they left the Firm, a royal expert has claimed.

Andrew Morton suggested Meghan was told by the Queen that she could continue her acting career and not have full time royal duties.

It comes amid tensions between the family and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who gave a bombshell interview about their experiences of royal life last month. The pair made a host of allegations about how they were treated, including saying there was a lack of support when Meghan was concerned about her mental health and claiming that they were asked about what skin colour their unborn baby might have.

Speaking to the Royally Obsessed podcast, biographer Mr Morton claimed: ‘They did say to Meghan if you don’t want to embrace royal duties full time please be our guest and continue your acting career.

‘They (Harry and Meghan) were given a degree of latitude. They were told “here are your first class tickets, pick which country you want to go to, we’re going to make you youth ambassadors for the Commonwealth”.’

The couple have said they struggled with their roles before quitting as senior royals last year and later settling in the USA with their son, Archie.

But Mr Morton suggests the pair did not give the Queen’s offer ‘enough thought’ before agreeing to become full-time working royals.

Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross, Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in Suits.

Meghan Markle played Rachel Zane in suits (Picture: Getty Images)

He said: ‘I think neither of them gave it the thought they should have done.

‘(Meghan is) American, she didn’t have a clue about the royal family.

‘In a way, Harry should have been a bit more careful of that and spent a bit more time with their engagement and their courtship.’

In a statement released after they split from the couple, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: ‘As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role. 

‘We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.’

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Mr Morton’s claims.

A representative for Meghan and Harry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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