Meghan Markle 'Thought She Was Going To Be the Beyoncé Of the U.K.'—Book

Meghan Markle thought she would become the "Beyoncé of the U.K." when she married Prince Harry but found the restrictions of royal life left her unable to "do the things that she could do as a private individual," according to a new book.

The Duchess of Sussex, along with Prince Harry, other senior royals and the staff that serve, have found themselves at the center of royal correspondent Valentine Low's new book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown.

Low is the journalist who first broke the story about bullying allegations lodged against Meghan by former royal staff members, published in the days before her interview with Oprah Winfrey was aired in 2021.

Extracts from the highly anticipated book have been published by the Times of London which include a number of explosive claims, including that Meghan allegedly "screamed" at staff members and complained that she wasn't being "paid" for her royal work.

Meghan Markle and Beyonce
The Duchess of Sussex (L) and Beyonce (R) at the premiere of Disney's "The Lion King", July 14, 2019. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images/NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images

The book has also claimed that the household of King Charles III (when Prince of Wales) was plagued with "backstabbing" and that Prince William instructed his staff to dispense with wearing "suits" to the office as he tries to form a more relaxed working atmosphere at Kensington Palace.

So far no comment has been released from either the Sussexes or Buckingham Palace about the claims made in Low's book.

One recently published extract details how the royals and their staff handled Harry and Meghan's desire to form new roles for themselves outside of the established working royal model, something Low quotes one former palace insider as describing as "incompetent beyond belief."

"I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK," the source told Low.

"Being part of the royal family would give her that kudos. Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn't even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough."

Meghan famously came face-to-face with Beyoncé during the London premiere of Disney's 2019 remake of The Lion King.

The source continued: "It just required the decision-makers to sit around a table and say, 'OK, what are we going to do about this? What do you need to feel better? And what can we give?'"

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex photographed meeting Beyonce at the premiere for Disney's "The Lion King", July 14, 2019. A source in an explosive new book claims that Meghan "thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK," when she married Prince Harry. Niklas Halle'n-WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Sussexes decision to remove themselves from Britain and move to the U.S. to pursue financial independence was reached during a 2019 vacation to Canada following an exhaustive tour of South Africa at the end of the year.

"Away from the rest of the family, Harry sent an email to his father, saying that they were unhappy," Low wrote.

"[He] seemed to be under the impression that they could just sort it out by email before he and Meghan got back to London on January 6. The reply they got, however, was that this would require a proper family conversation."

According to the author, members of the Sussexes staff as well as those of (then) Prince Charles, (then) Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II all met to figure out a way for the couple to move forward in an arrangement that would work for all involved.

"The people sitting around the table went through five different scenarios," Low states, "which ranged from Harry and Meghan spending most of their time being working members of the royal family, but having a month a year to do their own thing, to them spending most of their time privately, but doing a select number of royal activities."

The final decision on whether a half-in, half-out model would be appropriate, Low claims, was made by the queen herself.

"Crucially, it was the Queen who took the view that unless the couple were prepared to abide by the restrictions that applied to working members of the royal family, they could not be allowed to carry out official duties," he said.

The author's extract then added: "One source said: 'There was a very clear view: you can't be in and out. And if you've got such clarity of view, it's very difficult to say, 'Why don't we go 10 per cent this way instead of 20 per cent?' Compromise was off the table, removed by the Queen."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle photographed at the committal service for Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor, September 19, 2022. The royal couple stayed in Britain for the ceremonies associated with celebrating the queen's life. Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The couple stepped down from completely from their working royal roles as a result of the queen's decision, surrendering their patronages and official use of their HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) titles.

Harry and Meghan were recently in the U.K. on a pre-arranged visit to attend a series of charity events when the queen died aged 96 at her Scottish home of Balmoral Castle.

The couple cancelled their final event and extended their stay to take part in the official ceremonies marking the death of the monarch, including the state funeral on September 19.

The stay marked the longest period of time that the Sussexes had spent in the U.K. since stepping away from their royal roles and moving to Santa Barbara, California in 2020.

Amid a reported rift that arose between the royals as a result of the Sussexes departure both Harry and Meghan as well as William and Kate appeared alongside each other to view floral tributes left to the late queen outside Windsor Castle.

This reunion, repeated for the lying-in-state service and funeral of the monarch has encouraged some royal watchers that a tentative truce had been drawn, the longevity of which will now be tested by the distance reestablished with Harry and Meghan's return to the U.S. and bombshell claims made in British books such as Low's.

Newsweek approached representatives for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for comment.

Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, is published in the U.K. by Headline Books on October 6

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