Meghan Markle was said to be 'more intelligent' than other royals and that 'upset' them, a royal author has claimed.
According to Sean Smith – author of biography Meghan Misunderstood – the Duchess of Sussex was the "most intelligent person" in any room she walked in.
He argued that this led to her being "disliked" during her time as a royal.
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Sean tweeted: "A columnist being rude about Prince Harry's school exams reminded me that when researching Meghan Misunderstood I was told a reason Meghan was so disliked by the Royal Family and their courtiers was that whenever she walked into a room, she was the most intelligent person in it."
Speaking to Vanity Fair in January 2019, a source previously revealed Meghan is "insanely smart".
They said: "Meghan’s goal was always becoming a household name. She’s insanely smart and poised, but very, very guarded."
Oprah Winfrey previously claimed that the former actress was "advised to be half herself" shortly after joining the Royal Family.
The talk show host, who interviewed Meghan and husband Harry last year, revealed that the Duchess confided in her in 2018 about the alleged comment on keeping a lower profile.
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Oprah said: "She had just joined the Royal Family and she shared a conversation with me then that made me feel somewhat disheartened.
"She said she had been told, been given advice, that it would be best if she could be 50% less than she was.
"That was the quote, if she could be 50% less. I remember hearing that in 2018 and I said to her, 'I don't know how you're going to survive, being half of yourself'."
The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.
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