Meghan Markle Shouted at Staff, Complained About Not Being Paid: New Book

Meghan Markle "screamed" at staff and complained that she was not being paid while performing royal duties, according to a new book set to be published early next month.

Author Valentine Low, who has written about the royal family for many years, makes the claim in his new book Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown, which discusses the lives of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

A long extract from Low's book was published on Friday by The Times of London and it outlines allegations that Markle bullied staff as well as complaining about not being paid during a 2018 royal trip to Australia.

Markle has previously described the allegations as "a calculated smear campaign."

She and her husband were recently in the U.K. when Prince Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at age 96. The couple remained in the country and attended the funeral.

Low quotes an anonymous staffer who said they had been repeatedly criticized by Markle and the Duke of Sussex over the phone on a Friday night while the member of staff was out to dinner.

"Every ten minutes, I had to go outside to be screamed at by her and Harry. It was, 'I can't believe you've done this. You've let me down. What were you thinking?' It went on for a couple of hours," the staffer is quoted as saying.

The same member of staff said those calls continued "for days," according to Low's account.

"You could not escape them. There were no lines or boundaries – it was last thing at night, first thing in the morning," the staffer said.

In a separate incident, Low recounts a royal visit to Australia in 2018. This took place before Harry and Meghan left their roles as so-called "working members" of the royal family.

Low writes that while the couple were warmly received by the Australian crowds, the duchess expressed unhappiness that she wasn't being paid for her activities during the trip.

"I can't believe I'm not getting paid for this," Markle allegedly said following public engagements on the royal visit.

Newsweek has asked the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.

The Sussexes were subject to some criticism during their attendance at the late Queen Elizabeth II's funeral when they were filmed holding hands at the monarch's lying-in-state. Some observers considered this disrespectful but others supported the gesture.

There has been significant speculation that Harry's father, now King Charles III, may seek a reconciliation with the couple now that he has ascended the throne. It remains to be seen if or when that might happen.

Much could depend on a personal memoir the prince is writing which is due out in the fall, though there is some reason to believe publication may be delayed until next year following the Queen's death. Low's book will be published in the U.K. on October 6.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meet members of the public at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. A new book has claimed Markle "screamed" at a member of staff. Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images