Meghan Markle shock: How Duchess' new approach 'did not go down well' with ...

Tense relations have mired the royal family's image as of recent, with the rift largely widening between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and the rest of the family. An interview with ITV during their royal tour of South Africa in October has largely been credited as having been the catalyst for the divide, as the pair admitted they were struggling with royal life.

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Royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams, told Insider the new approach to royal life taken up by the Duke and Duchess was "unlikely to have gone down well with senior royals”.

Mr Fitzwilliams added that following their interviews on ITV, it was clear that Meghan and Harry never intended to seek approval from the family.

He said: "There is little doubt that Harry and Meghan's ITV documentary about their Southern African trip where they talked openly about the strain of royal life is unlikely to have gone down well with the most senior royals.

"Harry gave credence to the rumours of a rift with his brother. Meghan implied that she was surviving, not thriving, and that there were few inquiries as to how she was doing."

A divide has come between the royal familyA divide has come between the royal family (Image: GETTY)

An interview during their royal tour of South Africa has largely been credited with having furthered the riftAn interview during their royal tour of South Africa has largely been credited with having furthered (Image: GETTY)

In the interview, Meghan revealed how she had been feeling in the preceding months about changes in her personal and private life.

She cited a growing interest in her by the press and public was mainly to blame.

She said: "I would say…look any woman, especially when they are pregnant, you are really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging.

“And then when you have a newborn, you know?

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Harry has said he and his brother are on 'different paths'Harry has said he and his brother are on 'different paths' (Image: GETTY)

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“And especially as a woman it’s really, it’s really a lot.

“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed it’s…"

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