'A royal Stepford wife': Why Meghan won't return to royal family

A royal biographer says there is no way back into the royal family for former senior members Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Sean Smith, author of Meghan Misunderstood, told Yahoo UK there is “absolutely not” a way for Meghan and Harry to return to the royal fold, following the severe separation agreement between the pair and the family that saw them lose the use of ‘their royal highnesses’ among other privileges.

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Harry and Meghan can't return to royal life, even if they want to. Photo: Getty Images

“The royals acted 100% to block them and I think there should have been more compromise,” he reveals.

“The way he was stripped of his military titles was ridiculous. Maybe they should share them out but I don’t think anyone who has seen how much he cares about his comrades and wounded comrades would be in any doubt that he would be a great addition to that field ongoing.”

Meghan ‘unlikely’ to look back to England

The biographer also added that actor and activist Meghan was unlikely to want to go back, after rediscovering her freedom in the US.

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After walking away early this year, it's unlikely the pair will want to return. Photo: Getty Images

“Meghan is an American woman who, when she went back, the first thing she said practically was ‘it’s good to be home’,” he says.

“Why would she want to give that [freedom of expression] up to be a royal Stepford wife?”


It seems it may be a more bitter pill to swallow for her husband, whose ties to the institution run understandably much deeper than his wife’s.

“Harry is a different case, because obviously he was born royal and is the Queen’s grandson,” he points out.

Harry and Meghan stepped back from their senior royal duties formally at the end of March, though their last engagement had been earlier in the month at the Commonwealth Day Service.

The Royal Family is due to review the couple’s situation in March 2021, but with coronavirus dominating life, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had a different first year than they had expected.

Reflecting on what had caused the couple to make their move to California and out of senior royal life, Smith said Meghan had faced unfair press coverage and a lack of support from the Royal Family.

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He says it all went wrong with unfair press coverage of Meghan. Photo: Getty Images

“It went wrong with the press coverage of her,” he says. “Here was a 35-year-old self-made millionaire, a woman who had been an activist, still is, for female empowerment, racial equality, and she was described as a ‘saucy divorcee’.”

“There was that notorious headline about her starring on PornHub. It was ridiculous, one journalist said it was a clip that ‘wouldn’t even fit into your religious grandmother’s idea of pornography’.

“It clouded the British public’s view.”

Smith, who has written best-selling biographies on celebrities including Adele and Tom Jones, said Harry stepped in but the situation would have been better if one of the other senior royals had done so.

“There are three royals that really matter - the Queen and the two future kings. If one of them had said ‘this is not the way to go’ it would have stopped but they did not,” he said.

Harry released a statement in 2016 which criticised the “racist undertones” of abuse Meghan faced, and later, William released a brief comment, saying: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”

Meghan Misunderstood is available now.

Reporting by Rebecca C Taylor.

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