Meghan Markle ‘made it clear’ she didn’t need any help from Sophie Wessex, book claims

Meghan Markle “made it clear” she didn’t need any help from Sophie Wessex to adjust to royal life despite a suggestion from the Queen, a book claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex, who quit her acting career when marrying Prince Harry in 2018, pledged to "hit the ground running" on becoming a senior working member of The Firm.

But, according to a new book by author Gyles Brandreth, the late Queen Elizabeth II suggested her daughter-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, show Meghan “the ropes” as royal life can be "challenging to begin with".

However, Gyles wrote that Meghan, 41, felt didn't need the help of 57 year old Sophie, the wife of the Queen's youngest son Prince Edward.

An extract of the book, titled Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, published in the Mail on Sunday said: “The Queen (who, of course, had seen it all before) understood that Harry's girl might find adjusting to Royal life 'challenging to begin with' (as she put it). 'It is very jolty, but you soon get used to it' – that was Her Majesty's experience going back many years.

“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."

Gyles continued by saying that the Queen was “a little concerned” about Meghan’s snub. He added the late monarch was also worried when word reached her that Meghan had reportedly been a bit “high-handed” with staff.

“The Queen put it down to pre-wedding nerves,” he wrote.

Meghan and Sophie's relationship was put into the spotlight in September when they travelled together in the same car during the Queen's state funeral and her coffin procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

Sophie, who grew up in a middle-class family and founded a PR firm before joining the Royal Family, had previously been compared to Meghan. Both underwent huge transitions upon joining the family.

It has been reported that Sophie was the first member of The Firm to visit Harry and Meghan following the birth of Archie in 2019, going to the couple's Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

And in a rare interview with The Sunday Times, Sophie compared the couple's experience to hers with Edward.

She said: "Remember I’d had five years to adjust [to royal life]. And for our six-month engagement, I was even staying at Buckingham Palace.

“Not that you necessarily know how it will pan out."

Speaking about Harry and Meghan’s departure from senior royal life, she added: "I just hope they will be happy.”

She also said The Firm do all they can to help new members adjust to royal life.


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