Meghan Markle ‘stole Prince Harry’ like Yoko Ono ‘stole John Lennon’ claims expert

Paul McCartney reflects on John Lennon meeting Yoko Ono

Meghan and Prince Harry’s relationship blossomed in July 2016 after a blind date. They made their first public outing as a couple in 2017.

They wed on May 19, 2018.

Uproar the Duchess of Sussex, 39, has faced from a section of the British public has been likened to the experience of Yoko Ono.

Ono, who married John Lennon in 1969, was judged by many to have influenced the breakup of The Beatles a year later.

This belief remains strong with some despite bandmate Sir Paul McCartney stating it is not true.

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In an interview with Elle, historian Robert Lacey describes similarities between the headstrong women.

He said: “Meghan is curiously like Diana in her subversion of the Royal Family.

“The other person I compare [Meghan] to is Yoko Ono; a determined, original woman who came into a set of British folk heroes and stole one of Britain’s cherished folk heroes.

“She [Yoko] made John [Lennon] her own.

“The same is true for Harry and Meghan.

“Harry seems very happy to have been stolen away.

“The price of that is leaving the Royal Family.”

A central aspect of Lennon and Ono’s romance was a shared interest in artwork, with Ono’s passion for the avant-garde inspiring her husband-to-be.

Yet Lennon already felt himself drifting from bandmates, like lead guitarist George Harrison, as creative differences emerged in the late 60s.

Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, also share a core interest – pursuing humanitarian causes.

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Harry, as evidenced in a 2007 TV interview in which he describes plans to move to Africa “in a humanitarian aspect”, had always been committed to charity and helping others.

Meghan, meanwhile, worked in a soup kitchen in Skid Row, Los Angeles when she was 13 years old.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told of their shared devotion. He said: “The humanitarian aspect of Meghan and Harry’s earlier lives is pivotal to what they want to do, as you can see with the launch of Archewell.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping back from their duties as senior members of the Royal Family in January 2020.

They now live in Montecito, California with their son, Archie, who is one years old. A reason cited is their desire to escape the British press.

Lennon left the UK and moved to New York with Ono in 1971.

Ono, 87, is also known for peace activism. One of her most famous demonstrations came in March 1969 when she and her late husband held a ‘Bed-In for Peace’ in their honeymoon suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.

Lennon referenced this in The Ballad of John and Yoko, released in May 1969, in which commented on the significant press attention they received.

He wrote: “Newspapers said,

“She’s gone to his head,

“They look just like two gurus in drag.”

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