Meghan Markle forced to leave Fiji market after security concern
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Multiple theories surfaced in 2018 when the Duchess of Sussex cut her 20-minute engagement short after just six minutes, with some commentators citing security concerns. Others claimed Meghan, who had recently announced her pregnancy, felt unwell due to the heat and humidity at the event hosted by UN Women.
Meghan had agreed to meet local ladies at Markets for Change, a project run by UN Women to improve the lives of vendors.
But reports suggest the Duchess had earlier told her staff she was not keen on attending if the event carried UN Women branding.
She left behind disappointed Fijian vendors who had been hoping to meet her at the market in Suva, Fiji’s capital.
Footage of the moment shows the pregnant Duchess smiling as she is escorted to her awaiting vehicle by royal aides and security guards.
In an updated edition of his biography Battle of the Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey suggested Meghan may have harboured a grudge against UN Women.
During her acting days she had championed the work of the foundation and in 2015 delivered a “rousing keynote address on gender equality” to members of the body in New York.
She was given a standing ovation by the audience, led by Ban Ki-moon, then the UN secretary-general.
However, Mr Lacey believes her relationship with the United Nations entity turned sour when they failed to make her a goodwill ambassador.
Instead, the “cable actress” was given the lesser role of UN Women advocate while Hollywood actresses including Nicole Kidman and Emma Watson were promoted, Mr Lacey said.
In an extract of his book published in The Times, he wrote: “She had rubbed shoulders with the likes of Hillary Clinton and actor Kiefer Sutherland and might have hoped to join UN Women’s distinguished roster of goodwill ambassadors that included celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Emma Watson.
“But in those pre-Harry days, UN Women only assigned the cable actress the lesser role of advocate.”
Crowds had gathered outside the market to greet the royal guests, with locals singing songs and children waving flags.
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At the time, a palace aide was quoted as saying the location was “a lot busier than expected.”
Emily Andrews, the Mail on Sunday’s royal editor, was among the members of the international press pack to witness the moment.
She said: “Many ladies that were told they were going to meet Meghan didn’t and voiced their disappointment afterwards.”
Mr Lacey also cited a source close to Meghan’s circle saying the duchess does not cope well with rejection.
He spoke to a Los Angeles screenwriter who was close to associates of Meghan during her first marriage as saying she is “nice and smiley” until she experiences rejection, adding:
“Meghan does not cope well with what she perceives as rejection”.
The Fiji visit was part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first international royal tour.
On the first day as they touched down in Sydney, they thrilled royal fans with the news that they were expecting their first baby.
Nearly three years on from the tour, the couple share Archie, two, and newborn Lilibet.
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, are continuing their humanitarian work post-Megxit.
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