Royal insiders dub Harry and Meghan liars over claims she wasnt prepared

Royal sources say Meghan Markle was thoroughly prepared for her royal role, despite claims by the Duchess that she wasn't helped to settle into royal life.

Meghan said there were "no classes" on how to be a royal before she married into the Firm and said she didn't even know what a walkabout was until she had to do one.

"Joining this family, I knew that there was a protocol for how things were done," she said before comparing her experience to the 2001 film The Princess Diaries.

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"There’s no class and some person who goes ‘sit like this, cross your legs like this, use this fork, don’t do this, curtsy then, wear this kind of hat’ – doesn’t happen," she added.

"I never saw pictures or videos of a walkabout, [I was] like, what’s a walkabout?"

Meanwhile, Prince Harry said he "could talk her through as much as I knew, but the piece I really didn’t know about was the style, how a woman needed to dress" and called the lack of advice "ridiculous".

But according to royal sources, Meghan was actually given plenty of help to adapt to royal life, the Times reported.

"[It's] a total lie," one well-placed royal source told the publication.

"There was prep for everything, walkabouts – even though she was engaged to someone who’d done hundreds of them – clothes, everything. The level of support was intense."

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Six months before the couple wed in May 2018, the Duke of Sussex's then private secretary Ed Lane Fox – also known as 'Elf' – reportedly handed the bride-to-be a vast document full of information and contacts to help her in her new life.

The 30-point dossier is said to have had advice on everything from fashion to the constitution, contacts in the royal household and information on arts in the UK and the Charity Commission.

Each section also suggested an expert Meghan could reach out to for help, it was reported.

"It was huge, the amount of work Elf put into getting her access to anyone, and he gave her books on the stuff," a source said.

Meghan is thought to have had just two meetings with the suggested experts, one with Sir Christopher Geidt – now Lord Geidt – the late Queen’s private secretary, and another with a "very well-connected, trusted fashion person".

However, this was evidently unhelpful for the Duchess, who said in the show that she had chosen to wear mostly beige to be sure to avoid breaking any royal fashion rules.

"Most of the time that I was in the UK, I rarely wore colour," Meghan said.

"There was thought in that.

"You can't ever wear the same colour as Her Majesty […] but then you also should never be wearing the same colour as one of the other more senior members of the family.

"So I was like 'well, what's a colour that they'll probably never wear? Camel? Beige? White?'"

The doc also saw Meghan claim she had no help learning the National Anthem and that she had to Google it in order to learn it.

A royal source admitted it was not printed out for her, but added that "you can’t file transfer the national anthem to someone’s brain".

The Daily Star has contacted Harry and Meghan's representatives for comment.

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