Meghan and Harry ‘in competition’ with rest of Royal Family, claims model Leilani Dowding

Former actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left the world gobsmacked when they announced they were stepping down as senior working members of the Royal Family in January 2020. Despite the couple claiming they wanted “privacy”, Page 3 star Leilani Dowding has said she believes the Sussexes see the royals as their new “competition”.

Bournemouth born Leilani, 41, has never been one to mince her words when it comes to sharing what is on her mind and has taken no prisoners while discussing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan, 40, who found fame playing paralegal Rachel Zane in US programme Suits, and Prince Harry signed a lucrative deal with streaming giant Netflix following their shock resignation, worth an estimated £76 million.

As part of their deal, they aim to produce informative documentaries, films, and children’s television shows.

Last month, it was announced that Harry, 36, was planning to release his tell-all memoir, as the man he now is and not as the Prince he was born.

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The activist continued: “I’ll be interested to see if it’s really about the interesting aspects of his life, the old Harry we love, his naughty behaviour, the chicks in Vegas, him dressing up for fancy dress parties.

“Or, whether he will be like, ‘Oh poor me, I’m a victim of a privileged lifestyle’.”

The equine enthusiast claimed: “There’s a lot of people out there who have had hard lives and have come from poor families, so it’s kind of hard to feel that bad when you’ve come from a really privileged family and has everything you’ve ever wanted.”

Following speculation that the Duke is set to release a string of memoirs, including one after the death of his grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, a claim which he has since denied, Leilani was less than impressed.

“I mean, arranging to release something you’ve written after the Queen dies, I can’t even imagine it, what are you holding onto at that point?”

“It’s horrific and I can’t even think of somebody thinking that through, it’s really gross behaviour and completely unroyal — the complete opposite of royal,” she fumed.

The Duke of Sussex says his memoir will be “accurate and wholly truthful” as part of his deal with publishing firm Penguin Random House, which is worth an estimated £29 million.

Penguin Random House said for the “very first time” Harry will put on record the “the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him”.

Following speculation that Harry would release four memoirs, a spokesperson for the Sussexes said that these were “false media reports” and he only plans to release one.


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