Meghan and Harry ‘went on 13 holidays’ despite claiming passport was taken away

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Meghan Markle reportedly went on at least 13 overseas holidays during her time in the Royal Family, despite claiming her passport was taken from her.

During her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey this week, the Duchess made a number of claims about how she was treated by the Palace leading up to and after her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

She said that upon joining the family she had to give up her passport as well as other important documents such as her driver's licence.

"You couldn't just go," Meghan explained.

"You couldn't. I mean, you have to understand, as well, when I joined that family, that was the last time, until we came here, that I saw my passport, my driver's licence, my keys.

"All that gets turned over. I didn't see any of that any more."

However, a new report by The Sun alleges Meghan visited 12 other countries as a tourist before departing the Royal Family, meaning she would have had to have her passport on hand to show to border officials.

"It is understood from royal sources that Meghan's passport had to be kept safe to ensure it did not fall into the wrong hands," the article reads.

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"But it would still have been used by her for her holidays."

As well as three official royal tours of Ireland, Africa and the Pacific, Meghan and Harry flew to visit A-list friends in Italy, Holland, the US and Canada after they married.

However, several of the trips detailed by the Sun were made before the wedding that saw Meghan officially enter the royal fold.

It's unclear if this was the point at which she "joined the family" and allegedly had to turn over her passport, or if she claims she had to give it up while she and Harry were still dating.

Representatives for Meghan have been contacted for comment, as has Buckingham Palace.

Harry has spoken in the past of taking Meghan for a romantic safari in Botswana in 2016, just six weeks after their first date.

Other pre-wedding trips taken by the couple included jaunts to Norway and Jamaica in early 2017.

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The Sussexes spent their honeymoon in summer 2018 at a mystery location, rumoured to be the Seychelles where Prince William and Kate Middleton had also holidayed years earlier.

Later that summer they were reportedly picked up by a private jet and flown to Lake Como, Italy, for a party being thrown by George and Amal Clooney.

Amsterdam, Rome, Toronto, New York, Ibiza and Nice are among the locations Meghan also reportedly visited in the two years between her wedding to Harry and stepping down as a senior royal.

Every member of the Royal Family, with the exception of the Queen, requires a passport to travel abroad.

Royal author Margaret Holder told the Sun: "Of course the Royal Family would want to keep Meghan's passport safe.

"But it's unthinkable she didn't carry it for personal and private trips such as her New York baby shower, travelling to see friends in Canada, partying in Amsterdam and going to Lake Como with George Clooney."

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry

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