Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s US entourage ‘treat them like royalty’

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MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have surrounded themselves with “people who treat them like royalty”, a royal historian claimed to Express.co.uk.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were criticised on Tuesday by Meghan’s estranged father, Thomas Markle, 77, as he appeared on ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’. The retired lighting director, who lives in Mexico, said he had not seen his 40-year-old daughter for almost four years. He was unable to attend Meghan and Harry’s wedding three years ago after he suffered a heart attack and was advised by a doctor not to travel

Mr Markle is also yet to meet the couple’s children, Archie, two and Lilibet, four months.

He told the GMB hosts he would keep doing interviews to try and get through to Meghan, branding the situation “childish” and “silly”.

He said: “I’ve made it quite clear that until I hear from her, until she does speak to me, that I will continue to do this.”

The Sussexes dramatically left the Royal Family last year and moved to the exclusive neighbourhood of Montecito, California.

They have since spoken out about how difficult they found royal life and accusing the Firm of not supporting them enough in this.

New York City: Meghan and Harry in Big Apple

New York City: Meghan and Harry in Big Apple (Image: GETTY)

Royal historian, Dr Edward Owens, claimed to Express.co.uk that Meghan and Harry still keep an impressive entourage who “treat them like royalty”.

Dr Owens is a former lecturer at the University of Lincoln and author of ‘The Family Firm. Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-53’.

Speaking about Harry, he said: “How does that individual remain self-sufficient and how do they continue to enjoy this very lavish lifestyle that they’ve become accustomed to?

“Harry’s been waited on hand and foot by servants since he was born.

“And by the sound of things Meghan and he have still surrounded themselves with this big entourage of people who are looking after them like they are still a prince and princess.”

Harry and Meghan: Couple in New York last month

Harry and Meghan: Couple in New York last month (Image: GETTY)

Harry and Meghan’s so-called “entourage” was recently on display during their whirlwind tour of New York City.

The Sussexes’ significant security detail for the trip included US singer Taylor Swift’s bodyguards, according to DailyMail.com.

The publication also pictured Meghan and Harry embracing members of their close circle after they arrived back in California.

Among them, the paper said, were Mandana Dayani, the CEO of the couple’s Archewell organisation.

Dr Owens offered his thoughts about Meghan and Harry’s team of staff as he discussed the Duke of Sussex’s upcoming memoir.

Harry announced in July that he would author an “intimate and heartfelt” account of his time as a royal.

The Duke said it would cover his “lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day”.

The book is set to be published by Penguin Random House next year, with all proceeds to be donated to charity.

Dr Owens claimed there could be a potential clash between the publication of Harry’s memoir and the Platinum Jubilee for his grandmother, the Queen, which is also next year.

He said: “This is meant to be the Queen’s last hoorah, it’s very unlikely that there will be an 80th Jubilee.

“Harry is hot right now, he’s interesting and he’s got to make what he can out of that interesting story whilst people are still interested in him.

“At next year’s Jubilee, the monarchy, the Queen and her advisors will be saying ‘don’t worry about it. That’s going on over the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, this is a celebration of Britain, the Commonwealth’.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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