Meghan Markle 'didn't understand Royal pecking order' and 'wanted to be the star'

Meghan Markle "didn't grasp Royal hierarchy" and "craved the limelight", a royal expert has claimed. The Duchess of Sussex has been accused by a commentator of exiting the Royal Family because "she wanted to be the star".

The former Suits actress joined the Royal Family back in May 2018 when she married Prince Harry, but the couple stepped back from their official duties in 2020 and relocated to the US where they still live with their two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

Ever since their departure, Meghan and Harry have made a number of explosive and controversial remarks during interviews and on their Netflix series about their lives within the Royal Family.

Now, a Royal expert has suggested that Meghan "threw a tantrum" and left the Royal family when she wasn't the centre of attention and didn't realise that she and Harry were not at the top of the "royal hierarchy".

Former royal correspondent Charles Rae told The Sun's Royal Exclusive show: "I don't believe that she she understood the pecking order of the royal family.

"You've got the monarch, you've got the Prince of Wales and then you've got everyone else under that she wanted to be the star and that I think it was that simple that she thought she just picked up her toys and decided to go off to America."

The comments come after it was reported that Prince Harry is eager to improve relations with members of his family, but it is Meghan will ultimately decide.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told to The Sun: "If Meghan didn't want to come she could never be forced to. It would be extremely unlikely Harry would come over with the kids without Meghan."

Prince Harry is expected to travel to the UK next month to celebrate a decade of the Invictus Games, but it is not confirmed whether or not Meghan will also be in attendance. A royal insider explained that the Duchess might avoid the UK trip due to safety worries.

Meghan has travelled back to England a few times since she and Harry stepped back from their royal roles in 2020, including for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in 2022. She did not return to the country for King Charles' coronation, instead favouring to stay in the US with the couple's children.

Questions about Meghan's attendance at the Invictus Games service come after the couple made a significant move that could hint at their intentions to maintain ties with the UK.

The Sussexes have welcomed Charlie Gipson into their team as a communications executive. Charlie is based in the UK, suggesting that the Royal couple are eager to continue and enhance relations with the British public by hiring a key UK-based staff member. Charlie will take on the role of Director of Communications, becoming the point of contact for British media enquiries.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Kyle Boulia has joined the Sussex's growing team as Deputy Press Secretary and Director of Communications for US media.