Meghan Markle has dropped no fewer than six royal-sized bombshells in her latest tell-all interview.
The Duchess of Sussex welcomed US glossy magazine The Cut into her and Prince Harry's Montecito home in California for a rare exclusive sit-down chat.
In the conversation published on Monday, the mother-of-two revealed how baffled she was by royal protocol which stopped her using Instagram freely.
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Meghan revealed what it was like returning to Frogmore Cottage earlier this year for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and how it was love at first sight when strolling around the garden of the US mansion they left it for.
Meghan complained that she was not allowed control over her own social media presence while a senior Royal Family member.
She said: "There’s literally a structure by which if you want to release photos of your child, as a member of the family, you first have to give them to the Royal Rota," she told the magazine, referring to the more than 40-year-old system that gives UK media exclusive access to royal content.
She explained the photos would often have been shared and posted by online media outlets before she even got a chance to post them on Instagram herself – something that she said made her uncomfortable after a long and fraught history between her and the British press.
"Why would I give the very people that are calling my children the N-word a photo of my child before I can share it with the people that love my child?" she angrily questioned.
While welcoming The Cut into their home, Meghan made sure she pointed out a pair of towering palm trees in the middle of the lawn which, when viewing the property, Harry instantly commented on.
Meghan said: “One of the first things my husband saw when we walked around the house was those two palm trees. See how they’re connected at the bottom?
"He goes, ‘my love, it’s us.’"
The trees clearly made a big first impression on the couple as they looked for their first home across the pond, as they decided there and then they wanted it – even without stepping inside.
It just cost the royals a cool £12.5million.
Archie talks to trees like Prince Charles
What is cute, however, is how Harry's soppy comment about their palm trees has prompted their three-year-old son Archie to greet the trees saying "hi, momma. Hi, papa".
In doing so, Prince Charles may be thousands of miles away but he clearly has a strong connection with his young grandson.
Meghan shared that toddler Archie has a budding fascination with nature – just like Prince Charles – and has been known to greet the trees in the family's garden when passing by.
In this quirk, Archie is following in the footsteps of Prince Charles, who is renowned for talking to plants and trees in a bid to help them grow.
In 2010, Prince Charles said "I happily talk to plants and trees and listen to them" and more recently revealed that he shakes hands with each tree he plants.
Effort to forgive
The relationship between the Sussexes and other senior royals has been strained ever since the couple dramatically announced they were quitting their lives as senior royals in January 2020 to move to the US.
Meghan told The Cut that "it takes a lot of effort to forgive" when she was asked about a possible reunion with the Royal Family.
"I’m like, so excited to talk," she told the mag, before opening up on life as part of the family.
“I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive,” she told reporter Allison P Davis. “But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything."
The Duchess then added: “I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.”
Willing to work anywhere
Discussing leaving the UK, Meghan told the magazine that they willing to go to another Commonwealth country and work on behalf of the Royal Family but wanted to make their own money.
“Then maybe all the noise would stop,” Meghan said of their reasoning.
“Anything to just … because just by existing, we were upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy.
”So we go ‘okay, fine, let’s get out of here. Happy to’, ” she then said, raising her hands in a sign of mock defeat.
Manners make the man
Opening up about her family life in California after stepping down from royal duties, Meghan also explains how she and Prince Harry are currently teaching their son Archie about the importance of manners.
She says: "We always tell him: 'Manners make the man. Manners, manners, manners, manners, manners'".
Meghan also explains a small lesson to do with manners which she learned as a child from her friend's mother, but now likens to the relationship she has with Prince Harry.
She tells the interviewer that "salt and pepper are always passed together", before adding "you never move one without the other".
"That’s me and Harry. We’re like salt and pepper. We always move together."
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