Meghan Markles most explosive year as tensions grew with the Royal Family

Meghan Markle has certainly had an action packed year with the arrival of new daughter Lilibet and revelations on US talk shows only fanning the flames of on-going tensions with the Royal Family.

The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry wanted to “step back” from the spotlight of royal life but have both become more in the media than ever before.

Harry and Meghan have appeared on talk shows, documentaries and the Duke of Sussex is planning to publish his memoirs next year.

Since leaving royal life, the couple have made serious claims about Meghan’s treatment during her time in the family and over questions relating to their child’s skin colour.

Despite no longer being a working royal, Meghan has continued to make the headlines and searches of the British public.

Bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview

The biggest blockbuster revelation from Meghan came in March this year as the Sussex’s offered a glimpse into their life through an interview with US TV host Oprah Winfrey.

The high-profile interview began with Meghan speaking about her time being part of the Royal Family before husband Harry joined the chat.

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They made bombshell claims against the Royal Family, including a senior royal questioning the skin colour of their son Archie.

Meghan also revealed her problems with mental health during her time as a working royal and even spoke of having suicidal thoughts.

The couple also revealed that tensions were already strained with the family with Harry claiming Prince Charles stopped taking his calls after moving.

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Following the interview, the attention from the claims forced Buckingham Palace to release a statement.

It read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

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Accusations of emotional cruelty

Prior to their interview with Oprah, Meghan was hit by accusations of “emotional cruelty”.

The accusation came in the form of a bullying complaint, reportedly from one of her closest advisers at Kensington Palace.

As reported by The Times, the complaint claimed Meghan “drove two personal assistants out of the household and was ­undermining the confidence of a third staff member”.

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The claims forced a response from the Sussexes' with a spokesman saying she was the victim of a “calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation”.

Lilibet’s arrival and long-awaited photo

Meghan and Harry celebrated the big arrival of their second child Lilibet, who is named after the Queen’s nickname, on June 4 this year.

Royal fans had to wait several months to see Lilibet, despite Archie being pictured shortly after his birth as the couple embarked on a royal tour.

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Lilibet’s first photograph came very recently as it was marked on their Christmas card for this year alongside brother Archie.

The message on the card, which was posted online, also came under scrutiny with the use of “Happy holidays”, commonly used by Americans, over Merry Christmas.

Despite that, the overwhelming reaction was very positive to Lilibet with many fans calling her “beautiful” and “cute”.

Ellen DeGenres interview and bizarre prank

All eyes were on Meghan when it was announced she would be having her second interview with a US chat show host.

Meghan appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show with expectations that she may reveal more about royal life.

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However, the interview would mostly talk about her life with Harry and the kids, while being kept very lighthearted.

The most bizarre moment came as Meghan opted to join Ellen in one of her hidden pranks on the members of the public.

Meghan was enthusiastically joining in on the comedy skit, which showed her drinking baby milk.

The moment split royal fans, who some claimed she was a “great sport” but others found it “cringy”.

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The court case that forced her to apologise

Meghan has had a long-running battle throughout the year with Associated Newspapers, over the letter to her estranged father, that they printed in the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online.

The Duchess of Sussex claimed the publisher breached her privacy and copyright.

Associated Newspapers brought an appeal and argued the case should go to a trial.

On December 2, senior judges ruled in favour of Meghan and the publisher was forced to run an apology.

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However, during the case, Megan was sensationally forced to apologise to the Court of Appeal.

Meghan apologised to the court as she claimed she had not "remembered" her communication with Jason Knauf, her former aide, to provide writers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand with "background reminders" for their book Finding Freedom.

In her apology via a witness statement, Meghan said: "In light of the information and documents that Mr Knauf has provided I accept that Mr Knauf did provide some information to the authors of the book and that he did so with my knowledge, for a meeting that he planned for with the authors in his capacity as Communications Secretary.

"The extent of the information he shared is unknown to me."

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