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Meghan and Harry interview – Duchess tells Oprah she was ‘naive’ when she joined royal family & ‘didn’t understand job’

MEGHAN Markle tonight said she entered the Royal Family "naively" as she sat down for an explosive tell-all chat with Oprah to lift the lid on Megxit.

The Duchess of Sussex is expected to detail just what happened to cause her and Prince Harry to quit the Royal Family.

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Introducing the interview, Oprah confirmed Meghan had not been paid for the chat, with "no subject that is off limits".

And the Duchess of Sussex said she grew up knowing much about the Royal Family, adding: "I will say I went into it naively."

She said she didn't understand what the job was - and joked she had never looked her husband Prince Harry up online.

She added that she had not romanticised the job but admitted all she knew about the Royal Family was what she read in fairy tales.

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And Meghan revealed the Queen was one of the first people she met in the Royal Family after having lunch at the Royal Lodge - practising how to curtsy outside.

She added: "Thank God I didn't know a lot about the family and hadn't researched - I'd have been so in my head about it."

In preview clips, the 39-year-old has already accused The Firm of “perpetuating falsehoods”.

Harry and Meghan quit the Royal Family last year and are now living in the US - having signed massive deals with Netflix and Spotify.

The bombshell revelations come amid fears Meghan may never return to Britain after the chat.

Insiders fear she and Prince Harry could have burnt their bridges by failing to tell family members what was in the two-hour chat before it was shown in the US at 1am today.

Sources say royals including the Queen were not planning to watch the interview, to be shown here on ITV at 9pm.

Windsor Castle and Palace staff have dubbed the chat “Moperah” after seeing whingey teasers.

They said it was “disgusting” that senior royals — including the Queen, Prince Charles and William — were given no advance details of what was in their pre-recorded two-hour interview.

Family members were instead waking to a staff briefing about the couple’s complaints of a restrictive life and overbearing aides inside the monarchy.

Sources fear pregnant Meghan’s decision to tell millions worldwide her side of their fall-out with “The Firm” means she has no intention of returning to these shores.

Meanwhile it emerged that royal staff who worked with Meghan gave Harry the nickname “The Hostage” before the couple left Britain for a new life in the States.

Employees claimed they were living in a “climate of fear” where they were routinely humiliated and subjected to unreasonable demands.

A staff insider said: “Everyone would welcome Harry back on his own. He is still Prince Harry.

“But after this interview you have to question whether Meghan has any intention in ever returning to Britain.

"Because it makes it impossible to sit down in a room with family and staff after you’ve done this Oprah interview.”

BULLYING CLAIMS

Buckingham Palace is currently investigating claims Meghan bullied staff in 2018.

New allegations include claims that Meghan “went mental” at former PA Melissa Toubati during a shooting party at Sandringham for Harry’s friends.

Meghan was said to be furious that embroidered blankets as gifts for the guests were not the correct shade of red.

Staff at the time have accused Meghan of being “genuinely unkind” to workers.

Others are said to be furious that unfounded allegations of racism could stick in their new careers.

Royal insiders said members of the family were not planning to stay up until 1am, when the Stateside interview will be screened UK time.

Instead, the Queen will be given a breakfast briefing by aides this morning.

Sources close to her said she will continue to focus on national issues this week.

Queen praises nation’s ‘selfless dedication to duty’ as Royals brace themselves for explosive Harry and Meghan interview

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