Meghan Markle Felt Like a “Second-Rate Princess” Against Kate Middleton, Says Palace Staffer

The Duchess of Sussex was allegedly "hugely disappointed" by what it meant to be a princess.

There’s a mole inside Kensington Palace. Before the Firm turned on her, Meghan Markle was “dazzled by the worldwide fame that being a princess would bring,” testifies a Kensington staff worker in an excerpt from Tom Quinn’s new book, obtained by The Mirror.

Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family examines the British monarchy’s hands-off approach to raising its younger generation, particularly those in line to the throne. Naturally, Prince Harry’s “rebellious” childhood is a hot topic in the book. But, exclusive testaments from a working Kensington staffer allege the Palace didn’t begin walking on stilts until Meghan came into the picture.

“I don’t think in the whole history there was ever a greater divide between what someone expected when they became a member of the royal family and what they discovered it was really like. She was hugely disappointed,” the staffer writes of Meghan.

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Living under “constraints” and “rules” was no match for the Duchess of Sussex either. “She hated the fact that she had to do what she was told and go where she was told,” the worker adds. Above all else, Meghan’s biggest strife with the Palace was that she constantly played second fiddle to her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

Meghan and Kate
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“She hated the constraints and the rules; she hated being a second-rate princess — second to Catherine Middleton, I mean,” the person writes.

Allegedly, the first blow came when Meghan and Harry were assigned Nottingham Cottage as their primary residence, not Windsor Castle. The staff member notes things became ugly when Meghan began being treated in a “slightly condescending way.”

From personal interactions with Meghan, the worker says she was a “very nice, smiley, super-positive person,” but relinquishing all her control was not up for debate.

“The thing to remember,” they write, “is that there is no limit to Meghan’s ambition, and like most fiercely ambitious people, she never thinks, ‘Have I got this wrong? Am I overreacting?’”

As long as “she is never crossed,” Meghan was “a lovely person” to be around, the worker writes. They note it was obvious why Harry felt “safe” around her.

Fans can find more testimonials about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family, available on Amazon.

Emily Weaver
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