Meghan Markle apparently never understood the difference between being a celebrity and being a member of the royal family.
The Duchess of Sussex was an American actress before she met and married Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
Fox News royal contributor Duncan Larcombe noted that it was unclear whether Harry had given Markle a good idea of the expectations that would be placed on her after marrying into the royal family.
“I feel desperately sorry for Meghan,” Larcombe told Fox News Digital. “Harry clearly never really wanted to admit to her what was really going to be involved with the Royal Family. I covered William and Kate’s relationship almost from the start. And for the first seven years of their relationship, if you called the palace to ask something about Kate Middleton, they would say we don’t talk about her when it’s an individual.”
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“But she’s had years to adjust to the attention, and I think Meghan never understood the difference between being on the red carpet as a celebrity and being on the red carpet as a royal, and she doesn’t. “Just didn’t understand the incredibly important distinction. I don’t know if she was guided, and I don’t think the Royal Family really knew what she had when Meghan showed up.”
Larcombe explained that Markle’s struggle to adjust to being a royal instead of a celebrity had similarities to the late Princess Diana’s own struggles.
“I’ve seen it, and we’ve seen it since Diana. We’ve seen it over and over again with people marrying into the royal family,” he noted.
The most important difference between being a red carpet celebrity and being a red carpet royal is the sense of “duty”, according to the royal expert.
“As a member of the royal family on the red carpet, especially as a member of the royal family who directly represents the king – or in the case of Harry and Meghan, obviously, the queen. When you attend a premiere it’s because you’re in the movie, or you’re a Hollywood actor, or you’re a celebrity on the red carpet. It’s about you, it’s your image, it’s what you get,” Larcombe said. “When you’re on the red carpet as a royal, it’s about the people you come to meet, you do it out of duty.”
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Markle’s journey as a member of the royal family didn’t last long. She married Prince Harry in 2018, and by 2020 the couple had stepped back from their role as senior royals to embark on their own path to financial independence.
Since then, Markle has written a book, “The Bench,” and released a Spotify podcast called “Archetypes.”
“If you look at the commercialization that Meghan has gotten herself into, yes, she’s done very well. She’s absolutely up there now, almost with Beyoncé…definitely on her mind. She’s made it. has a problem with that,” Larcombe said. . “But the reality is that she’s made a lot of enemies out of people who just feel second, to see Meghan as part of her new brand, to portray herself as the victim when they have themselves- even feel like they were treated unfairly by her.”
Markle and Harry’s departure from the royal family caused a stir and ultimately led to the royal rift between the couple and the rest of the working royal family.
The explosive interview the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 apparently left the Royal Family wondering when the next drama would drop. More recently, the Palace were reportedly concerned after Markle claimed to have discovered a diary she kept while living at Frogmore Cottage.
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“I think the Royal Family would take a ticking time bomb because I think it’s more like a minefield that keeps exploding,” Larcombe said. “If it’s not one thing, it’s another. It creates this kind of frenzy around Meghan because she has a kind of ‘love her or hate her’ character. Others might say that she is a divisive character.”
“And we just have to look at her family. You know, she doesn’t talk to her dad, and her sister seems to absolutely hate her. I think Meghan is a divisive figure.”
As Markle and Prince Harry return to their daily lives in California following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, all eyes will be on the Duchess’ next move, according to Larcombe.
“That’s the question people interested in the royal family are asking right now in Britain,” he told Fox News Digital. “She’s got more Spotify stuff coming out. Will she address the fact that even some of Harry’s former friends publicly accused Meghan of faking her own grief at the Queen’s funeral? That’s a pretty strong accusation to carry.”
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