Meghan Markle had childhood ‘ambition’ to join Royal Family, says Hollywood star

When Meghan Markle first got together with Prince Harry, she told reporters she “didn't know much about him,” or the Royal Family in general.

But Scottish actor Brian Cox, who plays plain-speaking media tycoon Logan Roy in hit drama Succession, isn’t convinced by that.

He says Meghan obviously “knew what she was getting into” in 2018 when she married Harry in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle that was televised around the world.

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Brian, 76, says Meghan clearly had a long-standing “ambition” to marry her very own prince, even if she kept it as a private fantasy.

“The childhood dreams of marrying Prince Charming and all that s*** we see as fantasy that could be our lives in our dreams,” Brian told Haute Living magazine.

In the early days of her courtship with Harry, Meghan had said: "Because I'm from the States, you don't grow up with the same understanding of the royal family.

"And so while I now understand very clearly there's a global interest there, I didn't know much about him”.

Brian thinks that’s unlikely to be completely true, and he also feels that it was unrealistic for Meghan to expect that she and Harry could just walk away from the royal circus when it all became too much.

“You can’t go into a system where somebody’s already been trained to behave in a certain kind of way and then just expect them to cut themselves off,” he said, adding :“I mean, she knew what she was getting into”

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Certainly Meghan was aware of her future husband before they met. In a 2015 interview shown in the couple's Netflix special, an interviewer asks Meghan to pick between Prince William and Prince Harry, to which she shrugs and pauses before eventually choosing her future husband.

A chuckling Harry leans forward and says "sure", as Meghan asks the Netflix film maker what year the interview was.

When it's revealed it was from October 2015, Harry points out that was less than a year before they met, to which his embarrassed wife replies: "Honey I'm sorry. Of course I choose you."

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Brian, about to return to our screens the final season of Succession, says that in his view, regardless of the Meghan and Harry controversy, the Royal Family has had a good run but now that Queen Elizabeth II has died it’s time to call it a day.

“In my opinion, we shouldn’t have a monarchy. It’s not viable. It doesn’t make any sense.. f*** it, move on.”

The Daily Star has contacted representatives for Harry and Meghan’s for further comment.

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