MEGHAN MARKLE suffered a “terrifying ordeal” while on a diplomatic mission, according to a royal biographer.
When the Duchess of Sussex was younger, she was considering entering a career in international relations. In 2002, she embarked on a six-week internship as a junior press officer at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her 21st birthday – on August 4 – was celebrated while she was there.
By coincidence, the US finance secretary Paul O’Neill was visiting the South American country on her birthday.
He was due to meet with President Eduardo Duhalde, who was head of the interim Government.
As it was her birthday, Meghan was given permission to travel in the convoy that was picking him up from the airport.
However, according to royal biographer Andrew Morton, this “treat” soon turned into a nightmare, when protesters attacked the convoy.
Meghan’s “terrifying ordeal” took place on her 21st birthday in Argentina (Image: GETTY)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Image GETTY)
In his 2018 book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’, Mr Morton wrote: “Her opportunity to be treated like a VIP for an hour or two rapidly turned into a terrifying ordeal.”
This was all because relations between the US and Argentina had hit a bump.
Argentina had recently defaulted on a £141billion debt and neither the International Monetary Fund nor the US government looked like they would bail them out.
Before he left Washington, Mr O’Neill had said that South American nations should have policies in place to ensure that aid “does some good and doesn’t just go out of the country to Swiss bank accounts”.
Paul O’Neill and President Bush (Image GETTY)
While he had been referring to Brazil, and of course had meant the corrupt political elites, the statement went down badly and ordinary people in Argentina blamed the US for the economic disaster.
When Mr O’Neill arrived in Argentina, he was greeted by an angry mob of protesters.
He would later recall: “I remember the arrival because protesters banged on my limo with their placards. It was a memorable event.”
Meanwhile, Meghan reportedly recalled the event as “the scariest moment of her life”.
President Eduardo Duhalde (Image GETTY)
Meghan nearly went into a career in the State Department (Image: GETTY)
Mr Morton added: “It was all the more concerning, not only because of the impending anniversary of 9/11, but because of intelligence reports suggesting that Islamic militants could be setting up a network in South America.
“Meghan would have already been wary and it’s easy to imagine how frightening she would have found an angry mob of protesters attacking her car.”
Meghan was working alongside a team of around 28 State Department officials and guards.
She was even rumoured to be having “a dalliance” with a US marine tasked to guard the embassy compound.
Her day-to-day work was relatively mundane: filing, answering phones and drafting letters.
However, she impressed her bosses with her “enthusiasm and demeanour”, completing her tasks “quickly and efficiently”.
Meghan was so serious about entering a career in diplomacy that she took the Foreign Service Officer Test while she was in Argentina.
The tough three-hour exam contains questions on politics, history, general knowledge and maths.
Meghan married Prince Harry in May 2018 (Image: GETTY)
Source: EXPRESS CO UK