Prince Harry and Meghan Markle implied in their new Netflix docu-series that the royal family had a "problem" with her acting career when they first met. But royal commentator Kinsey Schofield has now branded the claim "false."
Within the first three episodes of the series, Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, discussed their relationship, and the reactions of both the general public and those close to the pair.
In the second episode, the Duke of Sussex opened up about his family's first meeting with Meghan, and their initial thoughts on the relationship.
He said: "I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed. Some of them didn't quite know what to do with themselves! I think they were surprised.
"Maybe surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman, and such an intelligent woman. But the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgement more than anything else in the beginning.
"Oh she's an American actress… this won't last" he added.
The Duchess of Sussex continued: "The actress thing… that was the biggest problem, funny enough. There was a big idea of what that looks like from the UK standpoint. Hollywood and… it was just very easy for them to typecast that."
However, Kinsey, who wrote the Princess Diana-inspired book 'R is for Revenge Dress', has branded these claims as "false", arguing that the royals actually encouraged Meghan to continue her acting career.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Kinsey said: "Numerous individuals familiar with the situation said that Harry’s family encouraged Meghan to continue acting.
"They did not want her to feel like she had to sacrifice her career. Harry referenced something similar in the Oprah interview… though it sounded money motivated… he suggested that Prince Charles wanted Meghan to keep working.
"And Gyles Brandreth reveals in his new book that the Queen encouraged Meghan to continue to pursue her acting career."
The documentary also saw Harry discuss how men in the royal family have typically married women "who fit the mould", while he decided to follow his heart.
He said: "I think for so many people in the family, especially obviously the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould, as opposed to somebody who you are perhaps destined to be with.
"It's the difference between making decisions with your head or your heart, and my mum certainly made most of her decisions, if not all of them, from her heart, and I am my mother's son."
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