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A royal source claims Meghan Markle "didn't understand what she'd let herself in for" after marrying Prince Harry.
It's alleged she was bemused by cheering crowds on their Australian tour, wondering whey they were clamouring to see the couple.
The tour, a royal tradition dating back to 1867, saw Meghan, 39, and 36-year-old Harry visit Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji just a day after announcing their first pregnancy.
One source said the former Suits actress "didn't get it", reports the Mirror.
The insider, who was speaking to The Times, said on seeing crowds waiting for a glimpse outside the Sydney Opera House, the Duchess of Sussex said: "'What are they all doing here? It's silly.'
"They were like, 'They’re here because they admire and support a monarch and an institution that you’re representing'."
At the time the tour was hailed a success with huge crowds turning out eager to see the newlyweds.
The source's claims come in a busy week for the royals which has seen Meghan deny allegations she bullied palace staff.
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Last week Buckingham Palace broke from tradition to make a public statement saying it was "very concerned" about reports Meghan had driven out two personal assistants.
The royal "bullying" saga took an dramatic turn last night after it emerged Prince William’s wife Kate could assist the probe into Meghan.
Former aides are set to claim the Duchess of Cambridge witnessed Meghan’s "challenging behaviour", with the 39-year-old Duchess set to be quizzed.
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Sources close to Meghan and Harry say the allegations have been timed to "undermine" their tell-all interview with Oprah later today.
In preview clips Meghan criticised the constraints she found herself under as a working royal. She has also accused The Firm of "perpetuating falsehoods" about her and Harry.
The duchess, who's expecting the couple's second child, said it was "liberating" to be able to agree to the interview with the US TV host, a choice she says she was denied while representing the Crown.
Meghan's spokesperson has said she was "saddened" by the claims and said her focus now was on "building compassion around the world."
The spokesman said: "The duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.
"She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good."
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Prince William
- Royal Family
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