Queen forced to 'contain' Meghan to keep Duchess from going 'nuclear', expert ...

The Queen last week issued a statement confirming Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had agreed to renounce using their Sussex Royal brand once they step back from official royal duty at the end of March. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex followed with a personal statement in which they pointed out Her Majesty has "no jurisdiction" over the use of the word royal outside of the UK. TV celebrity Lizzie Cundy, a one-time friend of Meghan, suggested the Queen's statement signalled the monarch was forced to "contain" the Duchess of Sussex from using her new-found independent status to make business.

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Speaking to True Royalty TV, Ms Cundy said: "The Queen, I think, has had to draw a line under it.

"I think she was actually getting worried that maybe Meghan would go nuclear.

"We’ve heard about the chat shows that could happen, so many other things, and I think she wanted to contain it."

The TV personality claimed Meghan Markle had hoped to use her and Prince Harry's royal fame to build a new branding venture inspired by the Obamas or the Beckhams.

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Queen Elizabeth II news Meghan Markle containedThe Queen had to "contain" Meghan Markle to keep her from going "nuclear", Cundy claimed (Image: GETTY)

Queen Elizabeth II news Sussex Royal latestThe Queen issued a statement announcing Meghan and Harry will not be using the Sussex Royal brand (Image: GETTY)

Ms Cundy added: "I feel like Meghan wanted to do an Obama branding, being like the Beckhams bran, make a lot of money."

When announcing their plan to step back from their royal roles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex insisted they wanted to become financially independent from the Crown.

Their path to independence is believed to have begun already after Prince Harry was reported to have delivered a paid-for speech at a private JP Morgan event in Miami in February.

The Duke of Sussex is also planning to launch a new documentary series with US TV superstar Oprah Winfrey later this year focused on raising awareness of mental health issues. 

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