‘Harry has fallen for her play’ Meghan accused by childhood friend of being calculating

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Meghan and Prince Harry met on a blind date Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan and Prince Harry met on a blind date Photo (C) GETTY

‘Harry has fallen for her play’ Meghan accused by childhood friend of being calculating

She’S sassy, intelligent and caring so it’s little wonder that Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry has been greeted with such widespread excitement.

We’re still getting used to the fact that royal brides no longer have to be plucked from the aristocracy so she is also a breath of fresh air.

Not so long ago a union between Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, and a foreigner who is a divorced, former gameshow girl would have been unthinkable.

A childhood friend of Meghan claims she has always been obsessed with the Royal Family Photo (C) PA, USA NETWORK
A childhood friend of Meghan claims she has always been obsessed with the Royal Family Photo (C) PA, USA NETWORK

Meghan’s arrival is yet another welcome sign that the monarchy is modernising.

However, among the outpourings of joy and portrayal of a fairytale relationship that all began with a blind date, notes of caution are being sounded.

There are some who claim that Miss Markle’s rapid transformation from jobbing actress to concerned citizen of the world has been just a little too calculating.

One of the sceptics is her childhood best friend Ninaki Priddy.

“I’m not shocked at all,” she said when she heard about the engagement.

“It’s like she has been planning this all her life.

“She gets exactly what she wants and Harry has fallen for her play.”

Priddy, who has known Meghan since she was a toddler, posed for a tourist snap with Harry’s fiancée outside Buckingham Palace 15 years ago.

She gets exactly what she wants and Harry has fallen for her play
Ninaki Priddy – Meghan’s childhood best friend

She claims Meghan has always been obsessed with the Royal Family and added: “She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0.

“She will play her role ably but my advice to him is to tread cautiously.”

Images of Meghan cuddling children in Rwanda are very reminiscent of Diana Photo (C) PA
Images of Meghan cuddling children in Rwanda are very reminiscent of Diana Photo (C) PA

So it seems the knives are out for Meghan in some quarters over the way she has apparently reinvented herself.

And it’s a surprising assessment from someone who was once so intimate with her.

Meghan’s retort might be: “Who needs enemies?”

Her early CV shows that she was a bit-part actress who appears to have said “yes” to everything as she desperately sought her break.

Take her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance as a model on the gameshow Deal Or No Deal in 2006.

The skimpy red dress and high heels she wore don’t fit with her current image and she’s tried to distance herself from that job saying she was simply “trying to make ends meet”.

She had unmemorable roles in shows such as CSI Miami and General Hospital.

There were also small parts in films such as Remember Me, a 2010 coming-of-age drama, and the 2011 black comedy Horrible Bosses.

But she won’t be the last actress to accept anything that comes her way and she shouldn’t be harshly judged for the rather frothy nature of her early roles.

At least nobody can accuse her of being born with a silver spoon in her mouth with her future path mapped out.

Meghan, who also worked in a restaurant, knows what it’s like to struggle.

She will join the Royal Family with an insight into real life that so often seems to be lacking.

Her acting breakthrough was landing the part of ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane in the hit show Suits, which is now in its seventh season.

A later film credit is The Dater’s Handbook last year, in which she plays a businesswoman who turns to a dating manual to find love.

Meghan’s career was on the rise but it’s unlikely she would ever have come to Harry’s attention without a second, much more intriguing string to her bow.

Meghan starring in an episode of Suits Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan starring in an episode of Suits Photo (C) GETTY

Early on she developed a keen interest in humanitarian causes, which put her on the path to eventually meeting the Prince.

He’s closely associated with organisations such as Unicef – which focuses on children in danger around the world – and Sentebale, his own charity supporting young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

He has also helped promote the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for injured servicemen and women.

The influence of his mother Princess Diana is never far away when he makes his charity choices and she always sought out the most vulnerable.

Meghan too is said to have a passion for changing the lives of children in Africa through her role as a global ambassador for World Vision Canada.

Images of her cuddling children in Rwanda are very reminiscent of Diana.

She is also involved in campaigning for gender equality and in 2015 made a speech at the UN to mark International Women’s Day in which she told how, when she was 11, she complained to Procter & Gamble about a sexist TV commercial for a dish-washing detergent.

Its tagline claimed “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans” but after Meghan’s intervention – which included a letter to Hillary Clinton – the consumer goods giant changed the tagline to “People all over America…”

Meghan and Prince Harry met on a blind date Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan and Prince Harry met on a blind date Photo (C) GETTY

She duly received a standing ovation from an audience that included UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

On combining acting with her humanitarian commitments Meghan once said: “While my life shifts from refugee camps to red carpets I choose them both because these worlds can in fact co-exist.

“And for me they must.”

SHE’S sassy, intelligent and caring so it’s little wonder that Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry has been greeted with such widespread excitement.

We’re still getting used to the fact that royal brides no longer have to be plucked from the aristocracy so she is also a breath of fresh air.

Not so long ago a union between Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, and a foreigner who is a divorced, former gameshow girl would have been unthinkable.

Meghan’s arrival is yet another welcome sign that the monarchy is modernising.

However, among the outpourings of joy and portrayal of a fairytale relationship that all began with a blind date, notes of caution are being sounded.

There are some who claim that Miss Markle’s rapid transformation from jobbing actress to concerned citizen of the world has been just a little too calculating.

“I’m not shocked at all,” she said when she heard about the engagement.

“It’s like she has been planning this all her life.

“She gets exactly what she wants and Harry has fallen for her play.”

Priddy, who has known Meghan since she was a toddler, posed for a tourist snap with Harry’s fiancée outside Buckingham Palace 15 years ago.

A childhood friend of Meghan claims she has always been obsessed with the Royal Family
She claims Meghan has always been obsessed with the Royal Family and added: “She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0.

“She will play her role ably but my advice to him is to tread cautiously.”

So it seems the knives are out for Meghan in some quarters over the way she has apparently reinvented herself.

Wallis Simpson and Edward Photo (C) GETTY
Wallis Simpson and Edward Photo (C) GETTY

And it’s a surprising assessment from someone who was once so intimate with her.

Meghan’s retort might be: “Who needs enemies?”

Images of Meghan cuddling children in Rwanda are very reminiscent of Diana
Her early CV shows that she was a bit-part actress who appears to have said “yes” to everything as she desperately sought her break.

Take her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance as a model on the gameshow Deal Or No Deal in 2006.

The skimpy red dress and high heels she wore don’t fit with her current image and she’s tried to distance herself from that job saying she was simply “trying to make ends meet”.

She had unmemorable roles in shows such as CSI Miami and General Hospital.

There were also small parts in films such as Remember Me, a 2010 coming-of-age drama, and the 2011 black comedy Horrible Bosses.

But she won’t be the last actress to accept anything that comes her way and she shouldn’t be harshly judged for the rather frothy nature of her early roles.

At least nobody can accuse her of being born with a silver spoon in her mouth with her future path mapped out.

Meghan, who also worked in a restaurant, knows what it’s like to struggle.

She will join the Royal Family with an insight into real life that so often seems to be lacking.

Her acting breakthrough was landing the part of ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane in the hit show Suits, which is now in its seventh season.

A later film credit is The Dater’s Handbook last year, in which she plays a businesswoman who turns to a dating manual to find love.

Meghan’s career was on the rise but it’s unlikely she would ever have come to Harry’s attention without a second, much more intriguing string to her bow.

He’s closely associated with organisations such as Unicef – which focuses on children in danger around the world – and Sentebale, his own charity supporting young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

He has also helped promote the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for injured servicemen and women.

The influence of his mother Princess Diana is never far away when he makes his charity choices and she always sought out the most vulnerable.

Meghan too is said to have a passion for changing the lives of children in Africa through her role as a global ambassador for World Vision Canada.

Images of her cuddling children in Rwanda are very reminiscent of Diana.

She is also involved in campaigning for gender equality and in 2015 made a speech at the UN to mark International Women’s Day in which she told how, when she was 11, she complained to Procter & Gamble about a sexist TV commercial for a dish-washing detergent.

Its tagline claimed “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans” but after Meghan’s intervention – which included a letter to Hillary Clinton – the consumer goods giant changed the tagline to “People all over America…”

She duly received a standing ovation from an audience that included UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

On combining acting with her humanitarian commitments Meghan once said: “While my life shifts from refugee camps to red carpets I choose them both because these worlds can in fact co-exist.

“And for me they must.”

It could be said that it was via her charity work that she developed the confidence to rub shoulders with the great and the good – including people in Harry’s circle.

Recently Meghan, who was based in Toronto, was seen talking to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, a celebration of young leaders from across the world.

She’s also championed pet adoption and an end to modern-day slavery.

She is clearly someone who wants to be taken seriously, once stating: “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches – I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works.

“I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

Despite what her one-time friend Ninaki Priddy claims, it would be fanciful to suggest that Meghan deliberately set out to snare a prince.

But her portfolio of worthy causes could hardly have been better chosen to catch Harry’s eye.

Since the engagement was confirmed on Monday we’ve been bombarded with detail about Meghan’s background, while the happy couple spoke openly in a BBC interview about how they fell for one another.

Meghan acknowledged that their shared passion for philanthropy was the catalyst for romance.

“It was really one of the first things we connected on.

“One of the first things we started talking about when we met was just the different things that we wanted to do in the world and how passionate we were about seeing change,” she said.

“I think that’s what got date two in the books, probably.”

Intriguingly, while we’ve been told they first met on a blind date in July last year, Harry has declined to reveal the identity of the female friend who set them up.

But you can be sure that whoever played Cupid would have known that Meghan’s charity work, plus her looks and vivacious personality, made her a perfect match for the bachelor Prince.

Harry, 33, split from his only other serious girlfriend Chelsy Davy in 2012 after five years together.

Meghan’s marriage to US film producer Trevor Engelson ended in 2013 after only two years.

Following that she dated Canadian celebrity chef Cory Vitiello.

Cynics have suggested that Harry’s fiancée is like Wallis Simpson: that other American divorcée, a social climber who joined the Royal Family.

Among them is her estranged half-sister Samantha Grant, who has been a thorn in Meghan’s side since the moment it emerged she was dating the Prince.

The 53-year-old, who lives in Florida, has also threatened to write a tell-all book about Meghan which is said to have the working title The Diary Of Princess Pushy’s Sister.

Samantha has accused the royal bride-to-be of using her charity work to boost her public image.

Shortly before it was confirmed last year that Harry and Meghan were an item Samantha said: “I think her ambition is to become a princess.

“It was something she dreamed of as a little girl when we watched the Royals on TV.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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