Meghan Markle should just ‘shut up’, says famed biographer

Given the love Meghan Markle inspires among her online “Sussex Squad” fans, they might believe she belongs to the same company as the famous, fascinating and formidable women of history that acclaimed biographer Dame Antonia is on. Fraser wrote.

Fraser, the best-selling author of books on Mary Queen of Scots, the six wives of Henry VIII and Marie Antionette, is not a fan of the American Duchess, however. She was initially intrigued by Meghan’s ‘independent strength’ but has grown embittered at Prince Harry’s wife and ‘vainly’ wishes she would ‘shut up’, as she explained in a new interview with The Telegraph.

“When Meghan first came to this country I was very supportive of her as an independent force – to stay the same you have to change,” Fraser, 89, said in the published interview. Saturday.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 10: Antonia Fraser poses after being named Dame Commander, presented by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on March 10, 2011 in London, UK United. Lady Fraser, famous for her biographies and her love affair with playwright Harold Pinter, was named a Dame for her services to literature. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Fraser, one half of a literary super couple with her long marriage to the late Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, said she wrote a letter to Meghan after moving to the UK and marrying Harry in 2018.

“I was just talking about the independent women in the story that I wrote about,” Fraser said. “I sent him to Frogmore (the cottage near Windsor Castle where Harry and Meghan lived for a short time before moving to North America). He came back saying, ‘Not known at this address.’

It’s unclear from the Telegraph interview if Fraser’s opinion of Meghan changed after her letter was returned, but she was definitely put off by Meghan and Harry sitting down with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 to express their grievances about royal life and for portraying those close to Harry as racist, cruel and dysfunctional.

“Now I’m afraid (appearing on) Oprah Winfrey was worse than a crime; it was a mistake,” Fraser told the Telegraph. “I just wish in vain that she shut up. And Prince Harry. And Prince Andrew. I would like to see another picture of the Duchess of Cambridge rather than read anything else about Prince Harry.

Fraser’s comments come as it was announced on Monday that Harry and Meghan will be back in the spotlight the first week of September when they travel to the UK and Germany. They will be in the UK for the One Young World 2022 Manchester Summit on September 5 and the WellChild Awards on September 8, their spokesperson said. They were last in the UK in June to attend events celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

It seems Fraser appreciates royals who live by the Queen’s ‘never complain, never explain’ approach to public life, as opposed to Meghan and Harry’s willingness to complain and explain in interviews with Winfrey and others.

Indeed, Fraser declared that Elizabeth II is “the greatest of our time. From this time exactly, she is the perfect monarch.

Given Fraser’s admiration for Elizabeth II, it’s no surprise that she loves the wives of her two successors, Prince Charles and Prince William. Neither Kate Middleton nor Camilla Parker Bowles have ever publicly said anything negative about royal life. Fraser is confident that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will make a good queen consort.

“I was a huge Princess Diana fan, but that was then and I think Camilla did very well and worked hard,” Fraser said. “His causes – especially female literacy – are very good.”

Fraser is the author of 30 books on famous or legendary figures in history. Her first, on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, was published almost 70 years ago, when she was 22. Her latest book is about the life of Lady Caroline Lamb, a pioneering, free-spirited writer in the early 1900s, was married to a prime minister and had the poet Lord Byron as her lover.

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