Queen Mother’s ‘well-worn mantra’ is ‘making life difficult for Meghan Markle’
A 'well-worn mantra' that the Queen Mother made all members of the Royal Family follow is making life extremely difficult for Meghan Markle , an expert has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex has faced criticism since joining The Firm last May, including negative reports on how she treats her staff and sources recently saying people were banned from taking her photo at Wimbledon.
In her former life as a TV actress, there's a good chance Meghan would have responded to the rumours personally, possibly by posting a comment on social media or her popular blog The Tig.
But she's not allowed to do this in her new royal role, and it's largely because of her husband Prince Harry's great-grandmother.
According to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, the Queen Mother's “well-worn mantra” could be causing Meghan a few problems.
Speaking to Nine News Australia, she said: “I think really she [Meghan] is doing incredibly well.
“It’s very difficult when you come from a celebrity background where a publicist can stand up for you or come out and say ‘no, that report is categorically untrue.’
“But, generally speaking, members of the public follow the Queen Mother’s well-worn mantra: ‘Never complain, never explain.’
“And so you have to sit back while the world’s media and social media just comment."
Even though Meghan hasn't been able to speak out, many of her friends have defended her in a series of TV and magazine interviews.
When the Queen Mother died back in 2002, she left Harry a lot more money than his brother Prince William in her will.
But it wasn't because she preferred the younger brother, and there was actually a very thoughtful reason behind it.
Years before she died, the Queen Mother reportedly put a large chunk of her money into a trust fund for all her great grandchildren.
Harry and William shared about £14m of this, with the bulk going to Harry, reports the BBC .
When the Queen dies and Prince Charles becomes king, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, will become the new Prince of Wales.
This means he will take on the Duchy of Cornwall, a private estate which funds the public, charitable and private activities of the heir to the throne.
Prince Harry on the other hand, won't get any of this.
After her death, Buckingham Palace released an outline of the Queen Mother's will, after going through the high court to try and keep it private.
Her estate, which was valued at between £50m and £70m at the time, was passed onto her daughter the Queen. Her majesty did not have to pay inheritance on the fortune.
Many items from the Queen's private art collection were given to the royal collection and went on display at the Palace.
Prince Charles moved into her home Clarence House.
A statement released at the time read: "Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has bequeathed her entire estate (which mainly comprises the contents of her houses) to The Queen.
"In her will, she asked The Queen to make certain bequests to members of her staff, and these bequests will be subject to Inheritance Tax in the normal way.
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