Meghan Markle ‘spiteful for trying to commercialise Royal Family’, expert says
Royal expert Tom Bower has described Meghan Markle as "spiteful" and added that she was trying to "commercialise the Royal Family" without thinking of the Queen.
On Meghan and Prince Harry's recent statement, Mr Bower, Prince Charles' biographer, said it read as a "threat".
He added that Meghan, 38, had "no status outside the Royal Family", reports Mail Online.
In a Good Morning Britain debate about the use of the Sussex Royal branding Mr Bower, 73, said: "That statement was spiteful fury by Meghan. Meghan gets what Meghan wants."
It came after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they will stop using their Sussex Royal brand when they step down as senior royals on March 31.
The couple then posted the statement on their personal website and claimed the Queen had no "jurisdiction" over the word "Royal" overseas and said the monarch and the Government wouldn't be able to stop them had they continued to use the word while abroad.
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Mr Bower said: "The statement was really spiteful fury from Meghan, What Meghan wants Meghan gets.
"It was rude to the Queen. What is spiteful is, she married into the royal family not that long ago and she bailed out. But she wants to bail out on her terms.
"What is most important for this country is to protect the reputation of the Royal Family."
Also involved in the debate with Mr Bower was journalist Afua Adom who presented the fact that the Duchess was a "successful actress in her own right".
Mr Bower said: "She has a whole life, a whole career of commercial exploitation of herself. She has absolutely no status apart from being attached to the Royal Family."
He insisted: "If she wasn't married into the Royal Family she couldn't have set up a charity, she couldn't start marketing Meghan's footwear and all the rest of it."
Ms Adom said: "Before Meghan Markle married Harry she was a successful actress in her own right.
"She was known for doing a heck of a lot of charity work. It's completely disingenuous to say without harry she would have no status.
"And it's spiteful for you to say that there going to continue to use it."
Mr Bower said they had agreed "reluctantly" not to use Sussex Royal.
He was then asked why the media coverage of the couple had been negative at times, he said: "Because of the hypocrisy. At the beginning she threw herself in it. She started campaigning for the environment and then she took all these private jets.
"When she didn't tell the truth about Archie's birth, when she tried to deliberately confuse people about the time of the birth."
But Ms Adom retorted: "When it comes to Harry and Meghan there seems to be no ability to see that it's right for them.
"It's not all about Meghan, it's about Meghan and Harry and Archie and what's best for them."
But Mr Bower said "it's not about what's best for them" but what's best for the Queen instead.
He added: "If they do anything to damage the 93-year-old sovereign of this wonderful country, they have got to start questioning themselves.
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"It's selfish, victim-like approach to the world."
Harry and Meghan announced on Friday evening that they will stop using their Sussex Royal brand when they step down as senior royals on March 31.
After a statement via Buckingham Palace confirming the move, the couple then posted a lengthy "update" on their personal website.
They claimed the Queen had no "jurisdiction" over the word "Royal" overseas and said the monarch and the Government would have been powerless to stop them had they continued to use the word while abroad.
This will have been disappointing as the couple have been building the Sussex Royal branded website and creating a popular Instagram feed.
Various trademark applications, covering items like stationery, clothing, books and even bandanas, were withdrawn.
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