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Meghan Markle said: ‘I can’t believe I won’t get paid for this’ in the royal tour book

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their royal tour in Australia

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent 16 days traveling around Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in 2018, but a new book claims she ‘failed to understand the point of all those trips’.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their royal tour in Australia

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Meghan Markle reportedly complained about not getting paid to hike during a royal visit to Australia in 2018, a new book claims.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent 16 days traveling around Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand on their first royal tour four years ago.

The pair were so popular during the tour that huge crowds came out to see them during their visit to the country and attended an impressive 76 engagements.

A book written by Valentin Law, the royal correspondent for The Times, claims Meghan, who married Harry in May 2018, “enjoyed the attention” she was given but did not understand the significance of the royal wanderings.







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Mr Law writes in Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown that the Duchess of Sussex demonstrated a “refreshingly informal approach to royal visits” which was “a hit with the Australian public”.

He adds that Meghan was seen as a “role model” during the tour.

The book reads: “When I came to the home of a farming family, she brought some banana bread which she had cooked herself.

“When the couple visited a school to see the work of a program to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous youth, they were contained as a role model.”







Harry and Meghan attend a ‘Floro Friday’ session at the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney on October 19, 2018
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However, in an excerpt published in Today’s Times, the author wrote that behind the scenes of the tour “was a different story.”

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“Although she enjoyed the attention, Meghan failed to understand the point of all those wanderings, shaking hands with countless strangers,” the book says.

Citing unnamed employees, the book claims Meghan was overheard saying, “I can’t believe I wasn’t paid for this.”

The Courters also quoted a member of the tour party as saying that Meghan wanted to “bring her people in rather than turn to the traditional folks at Buckingham Palace” – but this was “extremely difficult”.







Harry and Meghan visit Tonga’s handicraft fair in Nuku’alofa
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A source previously claimed that Meghan was puzzled by the enthusiasm of royal fans.

The insider claimed that upon seeing fans waiting outside the Sydney Opera House, Meghan told the team: “What are they all doing here? It’s ridiculous.”

“They were like, ‘They’re here because they admire and support the King and the institution that she represents.'”

Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low to be published 6 October by Headline Books (£20)

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