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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle knew royal life was not working ‘within days’

A new BBC documentary slammed by the Royal Family suggests Prince Harry and Meghan Markle knew "within days" life as working royals in the UK would not work out for them.

In the first episode of The Princes and the Press, which aired on BBC 2 on Monday (November 22) presenter Amol Rajan explains issues arose shortly after the Sussexes were married in 2018.

This included the leaking of the so-called "tiara gate" story.

Talking into the camera, Mr Rajan said: "Something weird started happening around about now.

"Some people were clearly talking to journalists about what was going on with the Duchess of Sussex. But how reliable was this information?"

Mr Rajan asked Daily Telegraph associate editor Camilla Tominey and BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond when they first knew things were going wrong.

"As a reporter, when did you first get the sense that things weren't quite as happy as they were on the wedding day?" he said.

Mr Dymond said: "I mean, within days really. There were stories coming out about how Meghan behaved towards staff."

The Duchess of Sussex has always staunchly denied allegations that she was bullying palace staff and her lawyer spoke on the show to say there was no wrongdoing.

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Ms Tominey added: "We were getting briefings that all was not well, with the relationship between William and Harry, Meghan and Kate and the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the royal household."

It was also shown in the documentary that two different versions of the "tiara gate" story – where Meghan was allegedly forbidden from wearing an emerald tiara on her wedding day by The Queen – appeared to exist.

Prince Harry was alleged to have furiously said: "What Meghan wants Meghan gets."

It was claimed that the Queen then either "told off" her grandson in one version, or The Duchess of Sussex in another retelling.

Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace said in a bombshell statement: "A free, responsible, and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

"However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility."

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