ROYAL expert Howard Hodgson has claimed Meghan Markle always intended to return to the US and got "everything she wanted" through Megxit.

Speaking to The Express, he said: “Meghan was very determined, had been advancing her career, was a minor star before she met a royal prince, married a royal prince, stayed as long as is decent in the country she didn’t want to be in doing jobs she didn’t want to do.

“Then there was a short trip to Canada, which was only very short because it was then going to get her back to exactly where she wanted — where she now is, and doing what she wants to do.”

Arguing that history is repeating itself, the expert added: “Harry is just being dragged along and will probably, if he’s not very careful, end up with the senselessly sad life that was that of the Duke of Windsor.”

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  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN PANICKED ABOUT 'PUTTING A FOOT WRONG' AT FIRST ROYAL CHRISTMAS

    Appearing on the Channel 4 documentary A Very Royal Christmas: Sandringham Secrets, royal expert Richard Kay looked back at the first festive period Meghan spent with the Royal Family in 2018.

    He said: "I imagine it must have been an incredible ordeal for Meghan, being introduced [to the family], not just having to get used to these sort of foreign traditions, but then the whole obligations that come with celebrating with the Royal Family where everything has to be just so.

    "She would have been very worried, I’m sure, about putting a foot wrong."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S EX-IN LAWS 'EMBRACED HER LIKE A DAUGHTER' AND WERE 'SHOCKED BY BREAK-UP'

    Long before she met Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was married to television producer Trevor Engelson – who she was in a relationship with for nine years before their split in 2013.

    In his biography Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, royal author Andrew Morton wrote: "The sad news [of their divorce] in the summer of 2013 came as a bolt from the blue.

    “Everyone in their circle was genuinely shocked, none more so than Trevor’s parents David and Leslie who, according to a member of the Markle clan, had embraced her like a daughter."

    What's more, the author claimed the divorce came as a complete surprise to Trevor too.

    He continued: "It was such a surprise for Trevor that even at a distance of five years, he can barely contain his anger ‒ the normally laid back New Yorker switching gear from his usual ‘hi bro, how’s it going’ to a cold fury when her name comes into the conversation."

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE QUEEN WAS TORN BETWEEN 'LOVE AND DUTY' OVER MEGXIT

    Speaking to Sky News, royal author Robert Lacey admitted that Her Majesty was torn between her love for her grandson and her duty as the monarch – but ultimately valued Prince Harry's happiness.

    He said: "We know that she loves Prince Harry as a grandmother.

    "We know that early March this year she deliberately invited Harry for a private lunch right in the middle of all the trouble.

    "She did this to talk to him and tell him anytime he wanted to come back he would be very welcome."

    However, The Queen did make clear that the couple COULDN'T use their Sussex Royal branding to make money in the future.

    Robert added: "She has a job to do, she has a Royal Family with standards to uphold.

    "At that stage, she did not feel the commercial plans that the Sussexes were putting forward were dignified or royal."

  • Lydia Hawken

    WILLIAM AND HARRY 'TOOK OPPOSITE LESSONS' FROM CHARLES AND DIANA'S MARRIAGE

    They might belong to the most famous family in the world – but according to royal expert Robert Lacey, Prince William and Prince Harry are completely different people.

    In his new book Battle of the Brothers, the expert claims the brothers took "opposite lessons" from their parents' failed marriage.

    He explained: "These young boys are the product of that marital turmoil, and they took two opposite lessons from it.

    "William took the lesson of duty, as he went through these difficult times, the prospect that he was going to be King was inspiration and strength for him."

    While Harry and Meghan married after less than two years of dating, Prince William popped the question to Kate after nine years to ensure she was "up to the job".

    Robert added: "Harry took the opposite conclusion from the turmoil of his parents’ loveless arranged marriage. He was going to go for love, so we are looking at a clash between these eternal principles of love versus duty."

  • Lydia Hawken

    BABY ARCHIE IS 'THRIVING' AFTER MEGXIT, SOURCE CLAIMS

    He may have moved halfway around the world with his parents at the start of this year – but according to an insider, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's one-year-old son Archie is "thriving" in his Californian home.

    Discussing the Sussexes' fresh start in Montecito, a source told People magazine: "They are very happy. Archie is thriving and growing quickly.

    "As a family, they spend hours outside."

    What's more, the insider claims Meghan and Harry had a "quiet" Thanksgiving celebration last week and cooked fresh vegetables from their garden.

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE HARRY IS BEING 'DRAGGED ALONG BY DETERMINED MEGHAN', EXPERT CLAIMS

    Speaking to The Express, royal expert Howard Hodgson claimed Meghan Markle always wanted to return to the US.

    He said: "Meghan was very determined, had been advancing her career, was a minor star before she met a royal prince, married a royal prince, stayed as long as is decent in the country she didn’t want to be in doing jobs she didn’t want to do.

    “Then there was a short trip to Canada, which was only very short because it was then going to get her back to exactly where she wanted — where she now is, and doing what she wants to do."

    Arguing that history is repeating itself, the expert added: "Harry is just being dragged along and will probably, if he’s not very careful, end up with the senselessly sad life that was that of the Duke of Windsor."

  • Lydia Hawken

    '2020 HAS BEEN A ROLLERCOASTER FOR MEGHAN AND HARRY', INSIDER CLAIMS

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, one of Harry and Meghan's close friends said: "It’s been a big year for sure and one that has been a rollercoaster.

    "2020 has seen them leave the royal family, leave Britain and move to LA to their dream home where they are finally able to lay down new roots."

    Last month, Meghan Markle revealed she had tragically miscarried her second child in a deeply personal essay for The New York Times.

    Royal expert Omid Scobie added: "They have had to go up against a lot—the press, their legal battles and even the institution of the monarchy—but they’ve remained positive and it’s the support they give each other and their focus on what’s important that gets them through."

  • Lydia Hawken

    ARCHIE IS A 'LIVELY BABY AND HAVING A GREAT TIME' IN CALIFORNIA HOME

    It's been six long months since we saw baby Archie on his first birthday – and according to an insider, the adorable royal tot is loving his new home in California.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, the insider said Archie is a “lively” toddler.

    The source said: “They are now in their own family home, which they haven’t had properly before. It’s theirs, it’s their forever home, where they are going to base themselves.

    “Archie is moving about and is lively and they’re having a great time.”

    Last month, Prince Harry said Archie had had his "first steps, first run and first fall" in lockdown.

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE BROTHERLY TRADITION HARRY AND WILLIAM WILL MISS THIS CHRISTMAS

    The coronavirus crisis has played havoc with all our Christmas plans this year – including the Royals'.

    Usually, the Royal Family spend Christmas at the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk – and Prince Harry and Prince William would reportedly always challenge the staff to a cheeky game of footie. 

    In Channel 4’s A Very Royal Christmas: Sandringham Secrets, the narrator claims: "Until recently, Harry and William had their own Christmas traditions at Sandringham — their annual kickabout, royals versus staff."

    Royal expert Richard Kay said: "Harry and William, when they were teenagers were enormously competitive, you know they didn’t hold back.

    “They would chop each other down if they were going for the ball together."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY'S ABILITY TO REMAIN POLITICALLY NEUTRAL WILL BE 'TESTED' IN FUTURE, EXPERT CLAIMS

    When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down in March, the couple pretty much ripped up the royal rulebook.

    But while Duke and Duchess may no longer be senior working royals, an expert has claimed the Royal Family would still want them to remain politically neutral.

    Speaking to the Express, royal expert Bob Morris said: "The situation is unprecedented in the sense that the part of the Royal Family taking off in the way they have done.

    "And the Palace would hope they would remain political impartiality that the Royal Family aspires to undertake.

    "But this will be tested, no doubt, as there are rumours, as I understand it, that Meghan may have political ambitions in the United States."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN MARKLE 'MOST-SEARCHED' ROYAL

    She may have quit the Royal Family in January – but Meghan Markle remains the "most-searched" royal.

    According to an OnBuy study, the Duchess of Sussex has the highest volume of Google searches – with over six MILLION a month.

    The former actress was also crowned the top royal with a popularity score of 14.5 per cent.

    Hot on her heels was the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, who had a ranking of 14.4 per cent, and in third place was the Queen, 94, with a 14.3 per cent popularity score. 

    What's more, Kate Middleton had the highest quantity of Instagram hashtags each month.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN 'GAVE HARRY THE CONFIDENCE TO DRIVE THROUGH MEGXIT'

    Meghan Markle "have Prince Harry the confidence to drive through Megxit" and they are now "stronger than ever", a royal author has claimed.

    Speaking to Ok! magazine, Omid Scobie – who co-authored the bombshell biography Finding Freedom – claimed Prince Harry was the driving force behind their decision to step down as senior working members of the Royal Family.

    "I think once Meghan is committed to something, there is no turning back," Omid argued. "And if Harry had said, 'We’re sticking it out for another year,' then Meghan would have definitely ridden it out longer if he'd wanted to."

    Although the royal expert claims Prince Harry "very much drove the decision", he added: "I would say she gave him the confidence to see that decision through."

    However, the royal correspondent – who was one of the few journalists given details of the couple's video call with Archie to the Queen on her 94th birthday – says Harry and Meghan's relationship is stronger as a result of Megxit.

    He added: "Now they’re stronger than ever because of what they’ve experienced. I think their love for each other grows the more they take on."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY RISK 'DISENCHANTING' PUBLIC IF THEY EXPLOIT STATUS FOR MONEY

    2020 was the year Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ripped up the royal rulebook.

    After stepping down as senior royals in January, the couple bought their "forever" £11m California home and signed a deal with Netflix reportedly worth £112.

    However Harry and Meghan risk "disenchanting" the public if they exploit their status as members of the Royal Family to make money, an expert has claimed.

    Royal expert Bob Morris said: "I think the public would be perhaps disenchanted if they Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sought to use a particularly royal form of celebrity to gain an income.

    "This is while they are not actually undertaking any royal duties."

  • Lydia Hawken

    KATE AND WILLIAM ARE 'MORE RELAXED' SINCE MEGXIT, EXEPRT CLAIMS

    Kate Middleton and Prince William "have changed" since Megxit and look "more relaxed", an expert has claimed.

    Appearing on TalkRadio this morning, biographer Angela Levin commented on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's whistle-stop tour of the UK this week.

    Referring to their Cardiff Castle visit, the author said: "When you see that with Kate and William…when we saw them this morning, they were laughing.

    "Kate was moving to the music and they're very, very easy with each other. I think there's been a big change since Harry and Meghan have gone that they feel more relaxed.

    "They feel very much like a team, you can feel that."

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE QUEEN 'BURST OUT LAUGHING' OVER MEGHAN'S HILARIOUS CHRISTMAS GIFT

    Meghan and Harry may be having a low-key Christmas in California with baby Archie this year – but in 2017, it was a different story entirely.

    Shortly after they announced their engagement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the rest of the Royal Family at The Queen's Sandringham estate for Christmas.

    According to the Daily Star, the former Suits actress hit the nail on the head when she bought The Queen a singing hamster toy for her first Christmas as a royal.

    A source told the publication: "Meghan bought a little hamster that sings with a little rope for Her Majesty.

    "It was so funny, especially when the corgis tried to take hold of the toy."

    The Queen reportedly "burst out laughing" and told Meghan: "It can keep my dogs company."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN 'CHANNELS DIANA' WITH WARM GREETINGS

    She may be one of the most famous women in the world – but that doesn’t stop Meghan Markle greeting royals fans with a hug.

    Last year, the Duchess of Sussex was pictured embracing attendees of her Smart Works clothing range and even got round an awkward encounter at the One Young World summit with a hug.

    Leading etiquette expert William Hanson told Fabulous Digital: "As an American, Meghan would be more used to greeting strangers and acquaintances with a hug – standard practice in the US.

    "Brits prefer a handshake, reserving hugs and social kisses for close friends and family.”

    Grant Harrold, the former butler to Prince Charles, told MailOnline that Meghan’s down-to-earth body language is “showing that the British royal family is a modern 21st-century family" and that she is determined to "carry on Diana's tradition” of hugging.

    In comparison, body language Judi James said: “As a future Queen Kate has always followed royal etiquette to the letter and this would include using the handshake as the norm.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN’S MORNING TIPS – INCLUDING HER ‘WAKE-UP’ PLAYLIST

    There are two types of people in this world – those who jump out of bed with a spring in their step and the rest who prefer to snooze our alarms repeatedly.

    Well it turns out that Meghan Markle falls into the former category – as the Duchess reportedly enjoys getting up as early as 4:30am and tuning into her “wake up” playlist.

    Describing her morning routine on her lifestyle blog The Tig, Meghan explained how she likes to start the morning with some easy listening.

    She wrote: “Turn these tracks on as you’re getting ready in the morning, when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or during your next evening celebration.

    “Because when the air is filled with positive vibes, there’s no winter cold that can block out the warmth of happy hearts.”

    According to Vanity Fair, Meghan would set an alarm for 4:30am to do some morning yoga when she was still a senior member of the Royal Family.

  • Lydia Hawken

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'WENT UP AGAINST A LOT' IN 2020 – INCLUDING THE MONARCHY

    There's no denying that 2020 has been a life-changing year for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

    In January, the couple announced they were stepping down as senior royals- and by August, they'd bought their new £11m 'forever home' in California.

    Discussing the challenges the couple have faced this year, royal expert Omid Scobie told Vanity Fair: "Every step of the way there have been unexpected challenges.

    “They have had to go up against a lot — the press, their legal battles and even the institution of the monarchy.

    "But they’ve remained positive and it’s the support they give each other and their focus on what’s important that gets them through."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEG AND HARRY FIRST CONSIDERED 'BREAKING AWAY' AFTER BUCKINGHAM PALACE REFUSED TO 'RESTRUCTURE PRESS SYSTEM'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry first began considering "breaking away" from the Royal Family after Buckingham  Palace refused to "restructure the press system", a royal author has claimed.

    Omid Scobie – who co-authored the bombshell biography Finding Freedom – claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex expressed interest in moving away from the "royal rota" system last year.

    He told The Cut: "In the summer of 2019, Harry actually had a conversation amongst his team and his senior aides within Buckingham Palace about restructuring that press system and making him and Meghan more accessible to a wider, more diverse media landscape.

    "And the answer was well, "If you want to do that, you can pay for your own engagements". 

    'And so that was the first seed of, "Well, maybe we will break away, maybe we will do our own thing."

    As it is not always possible for all media organisations to go to every royal engagement, the current "royal rota" system allows representatives from each sector to cover it events as long as they share the material with other members of the sector.

  • Lydia Hawken

    VICTORIA BECKHAM 'WORRIED ABOUT INVITING MEGHAN AND KATE' TO BROOKLYN'S WEDDING

    There's no denying that Brooklyn Beckham's wedding to Nicola Peltz is set to be THE celebrity wedding of 2022.

    And according to the Mirror, Brooklyn's mum Victoria is helping to organise the guest-list – and is worried about inviting the Fab Four to her son's special day.

    An insider said: "Vic’s been helping Meghan with her move to LA and Meghan has helped promote Victoria’s fashion line.

    "But Vic’s been worried about inviting Meghan and Harry alongside Kate and William to the wedding.

    "She is not only worried about how they all might feel about being thrust together but also at how the attention will no doubt be diverted off Brooklyn and Nicola."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY SPOTTED SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS TREE

    2020 will be the first Christmas Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spent at their new home in California.

    And it appears the couple are already getting into the festive spirit after they reportedly bought their tree yesterday.

    Twitter user James wrote: "Meghan and Prince Harry came into my work today and we sold them their Christmas Tree.

    "We had our lot empty when they got there- their agent promoted them a good time to come instead of us shutting it down. 

    "There was one family in there and their stoked little son ran through trees up to Harry and asked if he worked here not knowing who that is."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN MARKLE'S FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS DRINK REVEALED

    On her old lifestyle website The Tig, the Duchess revealed how she makes Almond Milk Spiced Holiday Cocktails for the Christmas party season.

    To replicate it at home, you will need: 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp of cinnamon + 1 tsp cardamom + 1tsp of powdered ginger,1/2 tsp of clove, 6-8 dried dates soaked in water, your choice of bourbon and cinnamon sticks.

    Meghan explained: "Blend all ingredients (except the alcohol) in a powerful blender and then move to a small saucepan. Heat at a low temperature until heated and add 4-6oz into the pot depending on your friends' palates. Pour each drink and garnish with a cinnamon stick. 

    "If you prefer this drink cold, then omit the heating and shake it hard in a cocktail shaker and serve in champagne glasses with a cinnamon/sugar rim on the glass. Super pretty and equally delicious!"

  • Becky Pemberton

    HARRY SUPPORTED BY CHARLES AFTER HEARTBREAKING MISCARRIAGE

    The Duchess of Sussex revealed her miscarriage heartache, saying she held on to firstborn Archie knowing she was losing her second child.

    She called July’s tragedy “an almost unbearable grief”.

    In an article for the New York Times, Meghan, 39, said she felt a painful stomach cramp and dropped to the floor with one hand still holding Archie, now 18 months.

    Meghan added: “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

    She and husband Harry, 36, were taken to hospital where Meghan said she “watched his heart break” as doctors in California broke the news that they had lost their unborn child.

    The couple informed the Queen and members of the Royal Family after the miscarriage in July.

    It is understood Harry was supported by brother William and father Prince Charles in the dark days that followed.

  • Becky Pemberton

    X FACTOR'S MATT CARDLE SAID HIM AND MEGHAN 'WEREN'T MEANT TO BE'

    Matt Cardle, who became the most voted-for winner of the ITV show X Factor, exchanged messages about going on a date with Meghan Markle shortly before she met future husband Prince Harry.

    Matt, Meghan and Harry’s lives could all have been different had he started dating the then Suits TV star.

    Speaking to The Sun on Sunday in an exclusive interview, Matt said: “It was just a very weird situation — very odd. And I really don’t know how it came about.

    “Life’s got a course and I was not on that one. I’ve laughed about it, but it’s amazing thinking back.”

    The pair started swapping messages in 2015 after Meghan, who was single and in the UK at the time, followed Matt on social media after his award-winning appearance in West End show Memphis.

    But before the pair could hook up Matt, 37, got together with his current girlfriend Amber Hernaman, 29, and Meghan met Harry.

  • Becky Pemberton

    MEGHAN AND HARRY GET ELLEN DEGENERES AS FAMOUS NEIGHBOUR

    Ellen Degeneres is reportedly set to be neighbors with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

    The talk show host, 62, is believed to have snapped up a $49 million mansion in California's exclusive Montecito area.

    Ellen bought the sprawling estate from SNL alum Dennis Miller, 67, and his wife, former model, Carolyn Espley-Miller, 55, in late September, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    The deal reportedly makes the property one of the most expensive compounds sold in the Santa Barbara County area.

    Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi, could be rubbing shoulders with former royals Meghan and Harry, who bought a $14.7 million Italian-style villa in Montecito this summer.

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