Meghan Markle “confused royal duty with celebrity life” and did not have Diana’s knowledge | royal | New
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in 2018 and the lavish ceremony saw Meghan welcomed into the royal fold. Reflecting on her wedding day, Meghan claimed the occasion was “for the world” rather than for her and Harry.
The comments were made during the Sussexes’ explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, where the Duchess also said she was unprepared for her role at the firm.
She said she didn’t grow up ‘knowing much about the royal family’ and also said she ‘never looked up her husband online’ when she started dating the prince Harry.
Meghan added: “I went there naively because I didn’t grow up knowing much about the royal family. I didn’t quite understand what the job was.
The Duchess also told the US chat show host that she had to google the UK national anthem and was unprepared for things like curtsy.
Professor Cele Otnes, an expert in royal family marketing and branding, points out that Meghan had no background with the royal family as she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
She explains that when they joined the royal fold, Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge were at an advantage because they understood the importance of the monarchy in British society due to their childhood in this country.
The co-author of Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture told Express.co.uk: “I think Kate, Diana and Camilla just because they’re British [grasped it].
“Even though they hadn’t had any association with aristocracy and Kate didn’t really have any, but Camilla and Diana certainly had – they traveled in those circles – had the kind of socialization process natural since their early childhood, about the kind of preciousness of the brands and how much had to be invested to maintain the brand of the royal family at its peak.
“Megan didn’t have that kind of background.
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She said: “Megan is a brilliant woman. I don’t think she understood the situation and what was needed.
“And I would say, to me, it seemed like she saw it as a role to play rather than to embody.
“I don’t think Harry or Megan deliberately decided to leave the Royal Family, but I think the lack of understanding of what was expected of them as a couple to contribute to that mark was not there.
“I think it all has to do with Megan’s confusion between the worlds of fame and royalty.”
In 2019, the couple announced that they were working to become “financially independent” and would be taking “a step back” from the royal family.
A statement shared at the time said they initially planned to split their time between North America and the UK to form some sort of hybrid working model.
However, the Queen later announced that after “many months of more recent conversations and discussions”, the couple would be stepping back from their role as senior royals completely in the spring of 2020.
The couple has now settled in Santa Barbara where they reside with their two children.
They will reunite with the Royal Family in the coming weeks as they travel to Britain for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The couple said they were “excited and honoured” to make the trip but did not reveal which events they would be attending.