MEGHAN Markle has claimed she should have been able to do paid work while acting as a senior member of the Royal Family as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie made money outside their royal duties, legal documents have revealed.
The Duchess of Sussex quit frontline royal duties along with Prince Harry earlier this year to move to Canada and later Los Angeles.
At the time, the couple said they wanted to become ‘financially independent’.
Legal documents released as part of Meghan’s High Court privacy battle with the publishers of the Mail on Sunday have revealed deep divisions between the Sussex’s and the Royal Family over the couple’s roles.
Meghan claims she was ‘unprotected by the Institution’ of the Royal Family while she was pregnant and left unable to defend herself against alleged press intrusion.
She points out in the documents that she was unable to carry out paid work, while other royals such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were able to do so.
The Princesses – the children of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson – are not ‘working royals’ and are under no obligation to attend royal events.
Beatrice works in finance and consulting and Eugenie is a director at a London art gallery.
Meghan added that she “was also the founder of the commercially successful lifestyle website The Tig”.
The claims come in response to the publisher – Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) – saying Meghan ‘is a member of the Royal Family and does not undertake paid work’.
ANL also suggested that the Claimant is ‘no longer an actor or (if she ever was) a business entrepreneur’.
In the documents, Meghan also claims her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018 generated £1 billion for the British economy.
Her legal team stated the figure ‘far outweighed’ the contribution of taxpayers’ money towards crowd security.
The documents add that at the time of the articles cited in the privacy battle – published in February 2019 – Meghan was ‘a working member of the Royal Family and to some (relatively nominal) extent publicly funded’.