Queen told Meghan Markle she could continue acting after she married Harry
In 2017, Meghan Markle made the decision to quit her long-running role in US legal drama Suits to concentrate on “working as a team” with her husband Prince Harry
But it all could have been very different, claims Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton.
Speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast, he said the couple were given a blank cheque to carry out their mission as youth ambassadors for the Commonwealth however they saw fit.
He said: "They were given a degree of latitude. They were told 'here are your first-class tickets, pick which country you want to go to, we're going to make you youth ambassadors for the Commonwealth'."
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"In fairness to the royal family, in fairness to the Queen, she did give them that opportunity to go wherever they pleased.
"And also, they did say to Meghan if you don't want to embrace royal duties full time please be our guest and continue your acting career.
"Those opportunities were open to her," he added.
Meghan told the BBC in 2017 that she felt the Suits role had run its course.
"Keep in mind I’ve been working on my show for seven years," she said.
"We were very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series. For me, once we hit the 100 episode marker, I thought, I have ticked this box and I feel really proud of the work we’ve done there and now it’s time to work as a team with [Harry]."
But Morton says that that the couple hadn’t paid enough attention to the flexibility they had been offered, deciding instead to simply become conventional working royals.
He said: "I think neither of them gave it the thought they should have done. I think that famous warning from Prince William of 'steady on, think about what you're doing,' that Harry bridled at, was probably meant more with affection."
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