The UK “lost Meghan Markle within a week” of her wedding to Prince Harry according to royal biographer Sean Smith. Mr Smith spoke about his new royal book, Meghan Misunderstood, on Monday’s Lorraine programme.
He claimed the Duchess of Sussex had been “a very serious person” before meeting Prince Harry.
Mr Smith said: “My feeling when I wrote the book is we lost her within a week actually.
“It was extraordinary. Here was a woman who went from being a human rights campaigner to Prince Harry’s hottie, within a week.”
The royal author added that he could “never” see the Sussexes returning as full-time working royals.
The Duke and Duchess stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family earlier this year.
They are now living in the US with their baby son Archie in a Santa Barbara mansion.
Before the Duchess married Prince Harry she worked as an actor and was best known for her role on the TV show Suits.
Mr Smith told Lorraine: “She was a very serious person before she met Prince Harry. Prince Harry doesn’t come into my book till page 175.”
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He added: “I thought, what’s going on here? Why is she so upset? Who has been treated her poorly?
“It was, among other things, a very negative press and the men in grey suits in palace corridors. We haven’t given her a fair crack of the whip.”
The royal expert explained that he could only imagine the Sussexes returning to royal duties full time if there was “some kind of compromise”.
He said: “I don’t think there is any chance of them being full time working royals in the future.
“It was only if there was some kind of compromise, and it takes two sides to compromise.
“I think they’d make a great addition coming back as and when. I think everybody would be pleased to see them…they have enormous appeal.”
Mr Smith and Lorraine disputed over the Duchess’s treatment in the UK.
He insisted that Britain “treated Meghan like an other”.
But Lorraine said: “I don’t think so. If we look back at that wedding, everybody was delighted for them. We absolutely wanted her here. We welcomed her with open arms.”
Mr Smith added that he “completely disagreed”, and Lorrain responded: You will always get a small minority who were disgraceful but most people in the UK were delighted Harry had found somebody that he loved.”