Harry & Meghan: Royal aides slam claims as 'complete and utter lie'

Royal aides have accused Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of lying in their Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, with the Duchess of Sussex claiming she was not prepared for life in the royal family. Meghan claimed she wasn't given any advice or instructions on how to ready herself for life in the monarchy, including how to dress or curtsy.

However, palace insiders have said the claim is a 'total lie' and that six months before the pair married Meghan was given a 30-point dossier including information and contacts to help her settle into her new life by Harry's then private secretary Ed Lane Fox (who is also known as Elf), The Sunday Times reports.

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Royal aides have slammed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's claims in their Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, saying they are a 'total lie'. Photo: Getty

Sources have also rubbished Meghan's claim that Kensington Palace aides advised her not to invite her niece to the wedding, saying it's a "complete and utter lie".

Meghan shared during the first three episodes of the docuseries that she was left with little guidance, comparing it to the Disney film The Princess Diaries, where Anne Hathaway's character Princess Mia is given 'Princess lessons'.

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"Joining this family, I knew that there was a protocol for how things were done, and do you remember that old movie The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway?" she said.

"There's no class and some person who goes, 'sit like this, cross your legs like this, use a fork, don't do this, curtsy then, wear this kind of hat' - doesn't happen. I never saw pictures or videos of a walkabout."

Harry added Meghan's lack of support was "ridiculous".

The royal source told The Sunday Times, "There was prep for everything, walkabouts - even though she was engaged to someone who'd done hundreds of them - clothes, everything. The level of support was intense."

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Meghan claimed she had no instructions to ready her for her new life. Photo: Netflix

They said the documents Meghan received told her what to wear, told her all about the royal family and the constitution, the heads of departments, ladies in waiting and how to handle public life, to mention a few. Each section also had the contact details of an expert who could give extra information should she have needed it.

"It was huge, the amount of work Elf [Mr Fox] put into getting her access to anyone and he gave her books on the stuff," the source added.

Elsewhere in the docuseries, Meghan shares she was told not to invite her niece Ashleigh Hale, the daughter of her estranged half-sister Samantha Markle.

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She said that the "very small comms team" told her not to invite Ashleigh, who she had grown close with, as they "couldn't wrap their head around" how to explain why her "half-sister isn't invited to the wedding, but the half-sister's daughter is".

A royal source told The Sunday Times the claims were incorrect, even saying they had a "very clear memory" of Meghan saying she was fearful inviting her niece "would have put her under intense scrutiny".

Another said, "Harry had concerns that Meghan had no family at the wedding which would look weird. Meghan didn’t want the media to know about Ashleigh. No one on earth would have said don’t invite family to the wedding. That’s a complete and utter lie. We wanted more family there to make it look less weird for her."

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