Meghan Markle and Her Mom Weren't Even Allowed to Go Out for Coffee When She Was a Working Royal

Meghan Markle and Her Mom Weren't Even Allowed to Go Out for Coffee When She Was a Working Royal

4/3/2021 4:56:00 PM

Meghan Markle and Her Mom Weren't Even Allowed to Go Out for Coffee When She Was a Working Royal

A new report details just how much control the Palace had over Meghan's life and those around her.

Alyssa BaileyMar 13, 2021How isolating and restrictive was Meghan Markle's life as a duchess in the U.K.? Royal reporter Omid Scobie, days after Meghan's big interview with Oprah,shared new detailsabout how little she was allowed to do when she was a working senior royal family member in England.

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Meghan spoke to Oprah about not being allowed to leave the Palace, even when she wanted to get treatment becauseshe was struggling with suicidal ideation. The firm made her turn over everything that would allow her to move around the world freely when she first married in:"You couldn't just go," she said."I mean, you have to understand as well, when I joined that family, that was the last time, until we came here [to North America], that I saw my passport, my driver's license, my keys. All that gets turned over."

Scobie added in a recent op-ed forthat Meghan was unable to even go out for coffee with her mother Doria Ragland—or even have her mom go out for her. And that concerned Ragland, understandably.WPA PoolGetty ImagesScobie wrote,"Lunch with friends could have momentarily lifted her spirits, but social outings were dismissed by royal family members and aides who said it would be better to lie low. Her image was 'everywhere right now,' they told her. Her isolated existence stood out in particular to her worried mother, Doria Ragland, who during a summer 2019 visit to Frogmore Cottage was surprised to discover that neither she nor her daughter was able to go out into Windsor town to pick up coffees. 'You’re stuck in here,' Doria told Meghan at the time, according to a source."

Meghan and Harry, of course, gained their freedom back after they stepped back from their senior royal family roles last year. They now live in Montecito, California and enjoy much more privacy and independence.Alyssa BaileyNews and Strategy EditorAlyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).

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Argh! At first I thought it was security reasons. But then, there’s nothing here about that. So my guess is that Scoobie is spinning it like it was prison when they just had an assistant get the coffee for them. She was allowed just like how she was allowed to leave “the firm” Yet she was allowed a ridiculous baby shower in new York, to the US open, Wimbledon, Ibiza etc ......🙄

I’m sure it felt like a prison 🥺