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Meghan Markle had ‘naively thought’ position in the royal family came with ‘instant popularity’ 

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Meghan Markle had ‘unrealistic expectations’ of life as a duchess and ‘naively thought’ the role came with ‘instant popularity’, royal expert claims

  • Experts told how Meghan Markle, 38, had ‘unrealistic expectation’ of royal life
  • Omid Scobie said the royal believed the role came with an ‘instant popularity’ 
  • Calling it her ‘biggest mistake’, he said she was ‘naive’ in her thinking about role
  • Comes as Meghan reunited with Prince Harry. 35, in Canada to start new life  

The Duchess of Sussex had ‘unrealistic expectations’ of her role in the royal family and ‘naively thought’ her position came with ‘instant popularity’, according to royal commentators.

Royal expert Omid Scobie said Meghan Markle, 38, joined the royal family believing ‘the role came with an almost instant popularity’ and said she had ‘unrealistic expectations’ of her position. 

Speaking with fellow royal expert Victoria Arbiter on the Heirpod podcast, Omid said the Duchess believed there would be a ‘honeymoon period that comes with marrying into the royal family’ which would allow her to ‘falter’ at times. 

He revealed: ‘I think one of the biggest mistakes Meghan made, and I’ve heard this from sources close to her, is that she naively went in thinking this role came almost with an instant popularity.’

Royal expert Omid Scobie revealed on the Heirpod podcast how Meghan Markle, 38, had ‘unrealistic expectations’ of her role in the royal family (pictured, at Canada House in London in January)

He went on: ‘[She thought] You start in a good place and there is this, no matter what, there is a honeymoon period that comes with marrying into the royal family that allows you to falter at times, or figure something out, or whatever it is.

‘I think that that was one of the key things, and I think that towards the end she felt she wasn’t given that by the press or members of the royal family, by aides or courtiers within the households.’ 

He added: ‘I think everyone somehow had this level of expectation from her from the get-go that was perhaps somewhat unrealistic, and perhaps she herself had some unrealistic expectations from the role too.’ 

Victoria went on to say that while everyone in the royal family has a ‘honeymoon period’, Meghan’s was ‘incredibly short’.

The Duchess of Sussex 'naively thought' her role as a member of the royal family would bring 'instant popularity' (pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan during their engagement photoshoot)

The Duchess of Sussex ‘naively thought’ her role as a member of the royal family would bring ‘instant popularity’ (pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan during their engagement photoshoot)

Victoria and Omid’s comments reflect those made by Meghan herself in ITV’s explosive Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.

When the documentary aired in October, Meghan said she and Prince Harry were just ‘surviving’ the intense media attention, saying she had ‘no idea’ of the struggles she would deal with as a member of the royal family. 

She acknowledged that she ‘very naively didn’t get’ the level of scrutiny she would be under in the royal family. 

She said: ‘I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair and that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.’ 

The comments reflect those made by Meghan in the explosive ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, in which she said she'd been 'naive' about life in the royal family

The comments reflect those made by Meghan in the explosive ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, in which she said she’d been ‘naive’ about life in the royal family

Prince Harry and Meghan are now preparing to forge a new life for themselves and their eight-month-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in Canada after stepping back from royal duties.

It was announced at the weekend that the duke and duchess will stop using HRH, spend the majority of their time living in Canada, and pay back the taxpayers’ money spent renovating their Frogmore home. 

On Sunday night the Duke of Sussex has said he is ‘taking a leap of faith’ in stepping back from his life as a member of the royal family, but ‘there really was no other option’. 

Meanwhile a smiling Meghan was photographed taking Archie and her two dogs for a walk in Vancouver hours before Harry arrived in Canada on Monday. 

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