‘Sussex Survivors Club’ speaks: New book reveals shocking label aides slapped on Meghan Markle

Since marrying into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle has presented herself as the “anti-People’s Princess,” an unlikeable victim who seemed as wholly unsuited to the role she took on as Kate Middleton is perfectly suited to hers.

But according to an explosive new book, Markle intentionally set herself up to be “rejected” from the outset of her fairy tale marriage to Prince Harry, and the duo so traumatized their staff with their decidedly ugly behavior, their aides dubbed themselves the “Sussex Survivors Club” when the couple ditched their royal duties in 2020.

In an excerpt from “Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown,” printed in The Sunday Times, author Valentine Low quotes former staffers who claim, “We were played.”

“Everyone knew that the institution would be judged by her happiness,” one former staffer said, according to Low. “The mistake they made was thinking that she wanted to be happy. She wanted to be rejected, because she was obsessed with that narrative from day one.”

Low writes that, according to her sources, Markle was called by the aides tasked with handling her press and public relations a “narcissistic sociopath” and Harry was “petulant” and “spectacularly rude.”

Their decision to leave their Royal duties behind, Low contends, was driven by Markle’s desire to make money.

“In the view of another insider, one of Meghan’s concerns was whether she was going to be able to earn money for herself given her position in the royal family,” Low writes. “Although Meghan was not making money out of the deals her US agents were negotiating at the time — she did the voiceover for a Disney wildlife documentary in return for a charitable donation — some suspected that in the end she wanted to make money. And the only way she could do that was by leaving her royal life behind and going back to America.”

Low recounts the time Markle blew off a group called UN Women while on an official visit to a market in Fiji. Markle spent just eight of the scheduled 15 minutes examining the project ran by UN Women and aimed at improving life for the women working there before being whisked away.

At the time, sources from the Kensington Palace press office first claimed there were “security” fears, then “crowd management issues.”

“Another reason for her premature departure did not emerge until two years later, when I was told that it was because Meghan was concerned about the presence of the UN Women group, which she had previously worked with,” Low writes. “The duchess had earlier told her staff that she would go only if there was no UN Women branding, a source said. Before Meghan arrived at the market, staff did their best to reduce the visibility of the group. However, footage of the visit shows Meghan surrounded by women in blue tops bearing the UN Women logo.”

“At one point the duchess, with a fixed smile, can be seen whispering to a member of staff, who grimaces,” Low continues. “Meghan told an aide: ‘I can’t believe I’ve been put in this situation.’ Moments later, she was ushered out. A staffer remarked at the time: ‘That’s insane. She is nuts.’ One stallholder said: ‘It is such a shame. We started preparing for the visit three weeks ago. But she left without even saying hello.'”

“Afterwards,” Low reveals, “the staff member to whom Meghan spoke at the market was seen sitting in an official car, tears streaming down her face.”

And this is the sort of behavior the Sussex Survivors Club routinely dealt with, if Low’s sources are to be believed.

According to the book, the disliked Duchess had a “deliberate strategy” to paint herself as a victim as she plotted to return with Harry to America.

Low points to the now infamous interview Markle and Harry gave to Oprah Winfrey as yet more proof of Meghan’s manipulative ways.

“Watching Meghan describe how she considered ending her life in the year after her marriage was an uncomfortable experience,” she writes. “And yet a succession of perfectly decent people, all of whom believed in Meghan and wanted to make it work, came to be so disillusioned that they began to suspect that even her most heartfelt pleas for help were part of a deliberate strategy that had one end in sight: her departure from the royal family. They believe she wanted to be able to say ‘Look how they failed to support me.'”


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