‘Meghan Markle’s American dream led to Royal family conflict,’ Viscountess claims

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A brand new documentary about Meghan Markle claims that her desire to achieve the “American dream” led to “conflict” with the rest of the Royal Family.

On the countdown to Meghan’s milestone 40th birthday on the 4th August, Channel 5 are delving into the Royal’s life with a documentary called Meghan at 40: The Climb To Power.

And, as our exclusive first look clip from the programme shows, it also takes a detailed look at Meghan and husband Prince Harry’s much reported rift with the rest of the Royal family, and where things began to go wrong in their relationship.

As the contributors discuss the main differences between Meghan and the Royal family, Julie Montagu, the Viscountess Hinchingbrooke – an American who married into the English aristocracy – claims Meghan’s background would have jarred with the Royals.

The documentary explains that Meghan was brought up to strive to achieve the “American dream” and the idea of being able to achieve anything you want.

However, it goes on to say that this is not “top of the priority list with the British Royal family, which brought Meghan into conflict with them.”

Julie, who is married to the Viscount Hinchingbrooke, then says: “You can’t really be anything you want to be, or do anything you want to do, or say anything you want to say.”

She continues: “Your duty is to the Queen and I think that’s very difficult for somebody like Meghan to switch that American dream, if you like, off and be told, ‘right, so now you just have to do what we say.”

Later, the documentary also touches on Meghan’s relationship with her mum Doria and how pivotal it was in shaping the woman she has become.

Historian Dr Chandrika Kaul says that the trips across the world Meghan and her mum went on when Meghan was younger inspired her on her mission to help those less privileged than herself.

She explains: “When she’s growing up, she’s also exposed to international issues of poverty and deprivation.”

She adds: “Her mother takes her, for instance, to Jamaica and to Mexico when she’s still quite young. There Meghan sees for herself the poverty on the streets, the inequality.”

Tom Quinn, who is the author of Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir, agrees and says that the trips sparked something in the young Duchess of Sussex that is still within her today.

He continues: “She began very quickly to think, ‘I can do a lot of good.’ All Meghan’s talk of wanting to help the underprivileged stems from these trips around the world where she saw the underprivileged at a very impressionable age.”

For more Royal news, sign up to OK! newsletters here. Meghan at 40: The Climb To Power airs on Saturday 24thJuly at 9:30pm on Channel 5

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