Meghan and Harry’s ‘secret plans’ created ‘fury’ behind the scenes at the Palace

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they had chosen to step away from their royal duties, fans around the world were shocked.

But it wasn’t just the public that were blindsided by the couple’s decision,according to a palace insider who says royal staff and even family members had no idea that Megxit was coming.

Harry’s brother William and their father, Prince Charles, were both reportedly "incandescent with rage" at Meghan and Harry's decision. Her Majesty the Queen herself was said to be "deeply upset”.

"Their statement was not cleared with anyone,” revealed the anonymous source. “It breaks all protocol. This is a declaration of war on the family.”

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"There is fury over how they’ve done this without any thought for the implications for the institution.” the insider told The Sun.

“The Queen is deeply upset… the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge are incandescent with rage.

“Courtiers can’t believe it – there are so many unanswered questions but they’ve just up and done it without a thought for anyone else."

In their controversial exposé of the Sussexes’ private lives, Finding Freedom, royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write: "Even sources close to Harry and Meghan had to admit that the way the couple were forced to approach the situation (mainly in the act of keeping the family and their team in the dark about the website) created a lot of ill will in the household and especially in the family".

They also claim that Meghan and Harry felt they had no choice in their drastic approach, saying they believed the rest of the family were "patronising them".

They claim: "Harry and Meghan, however, felt they had been patronised by other family and staff members for too long.

"People had humoured them when they brought up their grievances, never thinking the couple would actually do anything drastic.

"The explosive reaction was a direct result of their growing impatience. If other members of the family and those working with the households had taken their requests more seriously, it wouldn't have reached that point."

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