‘Self-made, independent’ Meghan Markle has reinvented the fairytale romance, pal says

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When Prince Harry met Meghan Markle on a blind date in 2016, they kickstarted a classic fairytale romance.

Their whirlwind relationship took off, with Harry inviting the actress to Botswana where they camped out under the stars.

It was a perfect tale – the prince fell in love with a beautiful young woman and made her his princess.

We Brits gushed over Meghan as she walked down the aisle at Windsor Castle and even the royals were taken with her!

Sadly relationships have soured but instead of hiding away, pals say the Duchess of Sussex has rewritten the fairytale to give her prince his happily ever after.

Extracts of the couple’s book Finding Freedom were published by People magazine in America yesterday.

In the revealing biography – co-written by good friend Omid Scobie – Harry and Meghan detail their struggles and abuse from the public, press and royal family since their relationship began.

The epilogue of the book reads: “What started as a fairytale romance became a story that reinvented the genre – a self-made, independent woman playing an equal role alongside her knight.”

Some might say steadfast Meghan has taken on the role of the knight, saving Harry from the constraints of his castle tower.

In March, the Duke and Duchess made their voices heard in a two-hour interview with their friend Oprah Winfrey.

Millions tuned in as the pair used the platform to tell their side of the story, from Meghan’s relentless trolling to shocking remarks about Archie’s skin colour from unnamed members of the royal family.

Harry said he went to “a very dark place” and felt “trapped by his previous life, not realising until he met Meghan.

“I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped,” he told Oprah.

Meghan revealed her mental health spiralled too, but claimed her new family were no help.

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“I went to one of the most senior people to get help. And I share this because, there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know how hard it is to not just voice it but to be told no.”

She explained that the royals banned her from seeking psychiatric help, because it “wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

Since moving to their new home in Santa Barbara, the couple have established a new life and support network for themselves and their two children, Archie and Lilibet.

Omid Scobie says the Sussexes are now away from the “toxicity” in their lives and are in the “thrive chapter”.

He told People: “They seem to be existing in a much healthier place, away from the toxicity that cause so many mental health problems for them as well.”

“Meghan famously spoke about how it was not enough to survive – we are now in the thrive chapter.”

The couple have been in a happy newborn bubble since the birth of their daughter Lilibet in June and Omid says they’re both “really excited” for the next steps in their public life.

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