Meghan Markle ‘is a very intelligent woman’ says expert
Meghan and Prince Harry are no longer serving members of the Royal Family after their unprecedented decision to “step back”. Now living in Montecito, California, the couple are making waves of their own with multi-million-pound deals in place with the likes of Netflix and Spotify. Harry is believed to be preparing a return visit to the UK so he can attend Prince Philip’s funeral, as heavily pregnant Meghan stays in the US on medical advice.
The Sussexes’ decision to give up their royal duties is still the subject of extensive debate.
And although the couple stressed that it was very much a joint decision in their jaw-dropping interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, royal author Ashley Pearson was adamant that Meghan was the driving force behind the move.
Ms Pearson explained: “She had no idea how unglamorous it really is to be a royal and, when she found out she would be a civil servant in a tiara, she was like, ‘no way.’”
Meghan was known to be politically driven prior to joining the Firm, having once described ex-US President Donald Trump as “divisive” and “misogynistic”.
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Long before Ms Pearson’s claims appeared in Market Watch in 2020, Meghan made her advocacy of addressing climate change and supporting women’s rights abundantly clear.
As royals are expected to remain politically neutral, it is unsurprising that Meghan reportedly felt frustrated.
Indeed, she told Oprah last month: “I’ve always worked. I’ve always valued independence.
“I’ve always been outspoken, especially about women’s rights.
“I mean, that’s the sad irony of the last four years, is I’ve advocated for so long for women to use their voice, and then I was silent.”
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When asked if she was “silent or silenced”, she replied “the latter”.
Later in the interview ‒ which aired on CBS in the US and ITV in the UK ‒ Meghan added: “We were saying . . . gosh, it must have been years ago we were sitting in Nottingham Cottage and The Little Mermaid came on.
“Now, who watches, who as an adult really watches The Little Mermaid?
“But it came on and I was like, ‘Well, I’m just here all the time, so I may as well watch this’.
“And I went: ‘Oh, my god! She falls in love with the prince and because of that, she has to lose her voice.’”
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Meghan is by no means the only royal to have struggled with “losing” their voice, though.
In conversation with Thames Television’s Gill Nevill in 1984, Prince Philip discussed his life as a royal and how he went about making speeches.
The footage, which has resurfaced after his tragic death, shows Ms Nevill asking: “It must be difficult when you’re so close to the sovereign and have to be necessarily apolitical?”
With a smile, the Duke replies: “Oh but then there are an awful lot of subjects that are apolitical, when you come to think of it.
“In any case, political means ‘of public interest’ ‒ let’s put it that way.
“There’s an awful lot of stuff which is ‘of public interest’ which is not party-political. I mean, it’s not partisan.
“Provided I keep off subjects which are not currently in dispute between two political parties I’m reasonably safe I think.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Charles and Prince William have both been forced to adapt, too.
Charles was heavily criticised after it was revealed that he had been writing to Government officials about political matters.
His critics described this as “lobbying”, and claimed his efforts flew in the face of the apolitical stance royals are expected to adopt for the sake of the constitutional monarchy.
Charles’ letters were referred to as “the black spider memos”, due to his slanted handwriting, and they continue to hang over his work as the Prince of Wales.
He even addressed the subsequent claims that he would be a “meddling monarch” before his 70th birthday with the cutting response: “I’m not that stupid.”
Prince William, Philip’s grandson, has also been known to interfere in matters of state.
Speaking to Tony Blair’s former Downing Street spin doctor for GQ magazine, Alastair Campbell, William explained: “I have written to ministers but purely to point them towards people I think they should see.
“So a charity might ask me if I can help with someone and I can help get them access to the people in Government.
“There are issues I am interested in and I am happy to connect people with ministers.”