Cover Story Meghan’s se­cret diary

With the im­mi­nent re­lease of Meghan and Harry’s bomb­shell bi­og­ra­phy, should the roy­als be more con­cerned about her pri­vate jour­nal?

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While the Duchess of Sus­sex may have gained a prince on that sunny day in May 2018, she also gave up her life as she knew it. The for­mer ac­tor quit her Hol­ly­wood ca­reer and even closed down her beloved blog, The Tig, to pur­sue life as a royal.

But one thing Meghan, 38, re­port­edly didn’t give up was keep­ing a jour­nal, doc­u­ment­ing her time with the Bri­tish monar­chy. Now she’s of­fi­cially no longer a royal, it’s thought her diary could be worth mil­lions.

While there’s no sug­ges­tion she has plans to re­lease it, if pub­lished, her mem­oir could threaten the monar­chy’s rep­u­ta­tion. ‘The fact they may ex­ist and could con­tain ma­te­rial to em­bar­rass the Royal Fam­ily is enough to make any­one feel un­com­fort­able,’ says a source.

Ac­cord­ing to royal author An­drew Mor­ton, news of the duchess’s se­cret mus­ings is a clear in­di­ca­tion that Meghan has been keen to tell her side of the story, as it’s the only way to guar­an­tee it be­ing the truth. ‘She would have to­tal con­trol,’ he ad­mits.

So what is the mo­tive be­hind the diary, and will it ever see the light of day?

LIFE BE­HIND THE SMILE

Al­though Meghan reg­u­larly put on a brave face in pub­lic, be­hind the scenes the duchess was strug­gling and, when jour­nal­ist Tom Brad­bury asked how she was cop­ing with the pres­sure of royal life, she con­fessed she was ‘ex­ist­ing’, not ‘liv­ing’.

While she was re­stricted as to what she could say in pub­lic, it’s per­haps no sur­prise Meghan felt the need to vent her feel­ings on pa­per. The se­cret diary is not Meghan’s first foray into writ­ing, as she wrote reg­u­larly for her life­style blog The Tig be­fore mar­ry­ing Harry. Hav­ing stud­ied English dur­ing her time at North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity, words come nat­u­rally to Meghan. ‘She is a good writer, with a nice turn of phrase,’ says An­drew Mor­ton.

There are also un­con­firmed re­ports that Meghan au­thored anony­mous blog The Work­ing Ac­tress be­fore land­ing her role in Suits in 2012. The blog doc­u­ments the strug­gles of a Hol­ly­wood ac­tor. ‘My hair is primped, my face is painted, my name is recog­nised, my star me­tre is ris­ing, my life is chang­ing,’ the author wrote.

HIS­TORY RE­PEAT­ING IT­SELF

While keep­ing a jour­nal is not un­com­mon for a royal, the risk of it be­ing re­leased could be enough to worry top mem­bers of The Firm.

Al­though no­body knows what the diary could say, an in­sider re­veals, ‘Meghan has al­ways been a tremen­dous self-pub­li­cist. Her ac­count of some of the more dif­fi­cult times would worry ev­ery­one in the royal house­hold.’

Royal ex­pert In­grid Se­ward thinks Meghan could scoop mil­lions if she ever de­cides to pub­lish the diary. ‘Michelle

Obama got £48 mil­lion for her book deal, and Meghan could dou­ble or triple that. I think she’ll hang out to write her own

– mak­ing the royal house­hold far more ner­vous,’ she re­veals.

Meghan seems set to fol­low in the foot­steps of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, whose per­sonal tape record­ings were made into An­drew Mor­ton’s tell-all book Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words with which, it’s been re­ported, Diana co­op­er­ated fully.

OWN­ING THE TRUTH

The Duchess of Sus­sex has strug­gled un­der the constant scru­tiny, which left her and Prince Harry with ‘no other op­tion’ but to step down from royal du­ties back in March.

Cit­ing the rea­sons be­hind their shock de­par­ture, Harry, 35, said, ‘I hope that helps you un­der­stand what it had come to, that I would step my fam­ily back from all I have ever known to take a step for­ward into what I hope can be a more peace­ful life.’

Ever since they an­nounced they were re­mov­ing them­selves from the royal fold, the duke and duchess have been in­un­dated with of­fers to tell their side of the story. ‘Meghan feels she’s been si­lenced and is no longer pre­pared to be muted,’ an in­sider claimed.

It has since emerged that the pair have been co-op­er­at­ing with a bomb­shell bi­og­ra­phy.

Called Find­ing Free­dom: Harry and Meghan and the Mak­ing of a Mod­ern Royal Fam­ily, it prom­ises to go ‘beyond the head­lines to re­veal un­known de­tails of Harry and Meghan’s life to­gether, dis­pelling the many ru­mours and mis­con­cep­tions that plague the cou­ple on both sides of the pond’.

One of the co-au­thors has ad­mit­ted hav­ing had un­prece­dented access, say­ing, ‘I’ve seen the cou­ple re­main faith­ful in their own be­liefs and stand strong in the face of ad­ver­si­ties which have been played out in the press, and I would like to think this tells the de­fin­i­tive ver­sion of their lives to­gether.’

A sec­ond bi­og­ra­phy, Meghan Mis­un­der­stood, is also due to be pub­lished later on this year and prom­ises to ‘set the record straight’ on ‘the most talked about, un­fairly vil­i­fied and mis­rep­re­sented woman in the world.’

Watch this space.

‘MEGHAN COULD SCOOP MIL­LIONS’

Meghan ‘is a good writer’, says An­drew Mor­ton

Meghan is keen to share her ver­sion of events with the world

Se­crets of palace life could be re­vealed

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