Meghan Markle ‘made it clear she did not need Sophie Wessex’ after Queen’s offer of help

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Meghan Markle officially joined the Royal Family in May 2018, upon marrying Prince Harry.

However, the Duchess did not take up on the offer, Mr Brandreth claimed.

An extract from the book published by the Mail on Sunday read: “To help Meghan, the Queen suggested that her daughter-in-law, Sophie Wessex, would be an ideal mentor. ‘Sophie can help show you the ropes,’ said the Queen.

“Meghan made it clear that she did not feel she needed Sophie’s help. She had Harry.”

Sophie and the Queen at Royal Ascot

Meghan reportedly rejected the Queen’s offer to be helped by Sophie in her first months in the Firm (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and the Queen laughing together during an engagement in 2018

Meghan and the Queen during a joint engagement in June 2018 (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle ‘enabled’ Prince Harry to leave Firm with ‘transformative’ marriage

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship enabled the Duke of Sussex to “transition” outside of the institution of monarchy which made him feel trapped, according to a historian.

Dr Tessa Dunlop, author of the newly-released Elizabeth and Philip: A Story of Young Love, Marriage and Monarchy, compared the union of late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Queen, the broadcaster went on to claim, “was a little concerned at that”.

Express.co.uk contacted representatives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Archewell for comment.

Sophie joined the Royal Family in 1999, upon marrying the Queen’s younger son, Prince Edward.

The Countess retained her job in public relations for a few years, but, after she was embroiled in the scandal that became known as “Sophie Tapes”, she left her career and joined the group of full-time working members of the Firm.

Despite Sophie’s rocky start within the Royal Family, the late Queen grew fonder of her and, in her late years, commentators and sources often referred to the Countess as one of the late monarch’s favourite relatives.

Meghan and Sophie wearing black outfits for the Queen's funeral

Both Meghan and Sophie joined the Royal Family through marriage (Image: GETTY)

The Queen speaking to Harry and Meghan

The Queen was reportedly delighted to hear Meghan was committed to supporting the Commonwealth (Image: GETTY)

He continued: “She would have been totally understanding if Meghan had decided to continue her career.

“But the former Suits actress was ready for royal duty and, of course, the Queen was delighted by that.

“She was particularly delighted by the enthusiasm Meghan showed for the Commonwealth and by the commitment she made to do ‘whatever you think we should be doing for the Commonwealth’.

Meghan and Harry embracing on stage

Meghan and Prince Harry got married in 2018 (Image: GETTY)

They relinquished these roles in early 2021, when Harry and Meghan confirmed to the Royal Family they would not return to the royal fold as full-time working members.

The Times royal correspondent Valentine Low had also previously claimed in his book titled “Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown”, the Duchess was told before the wedding she could retain a role in the filmmaking industry even if she didn’t want to carry on acting.

Prince William’s private secretary at the time, Miguel Head, and Meghan, the author claimed, discussed the possible role the Duchess may have in her first years within the Royal Family, with the royal aide telling her she “didn’t have to be straightjacketed” or immediately join as a full-time senior royal.

However, he added: “Meghan thanked Head, and said she wanted to concentrate on her humanitarian and philanthropic work, and to support Harry as a member of the Royal Family.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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