“The point about Meghan is she’s smart, she’s glamorous, she’s everything that a modern American woman aspires towards, and she’s brought those values of equality, intelligence and self-confidence to the royal family,” royal biographer Andrew Morton noted to People. “In a way, she’s made all of them up their game.”And the word is that the British royals really enjoyed themselves.”
A lot of people were shocked when they first heard that their beloved Prince decided to marry an American actress, who has been through a divorce. Even the fact that she was biracial was brought as an issue. But soon she warmed up to our hearts when she appeared on her first royal event at Nottingham for a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair last December, she spent 25 minutes weaving her way through the crowd, greeting fans with a warm, “Hi, I’m Meghan.”
“She reached out again and grabbed my hand and said I’m so glad you braved it to stand in the cold,” Ann McGuire told The Telegraph. “She’s such a natural.”
The couple went on to visit Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Belfast. Her approach to the public made people think of Princess Diana, and Diana’s former butler Grant Harrold shared with E! News, “She’s got her own way of doing things…You look at the energy of Princess Diana and she was very much somebody that would hug people. She was famous for it, wasn’t she?” Harry thought that she would be excellent as royal ambassador. “Having seen her in action on engagements across the U.K., she’s already doing a great job,” Hello’s London-based Emily Nash shared with Vanity Fair. “She’s articulate, smart, elegant and warm; and she’s already hugely popular over here.”
Royals have a tendency to stay out of the hot topics, and not to be vocal about things such as politics or some other taboo subjects. But Meghan was not one of them. She started with her first annual Royal Foundation Forum in February. “You’ll hear often people say, ‘Well, you’re helping women find their voices,'” she explained on stage. “I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find a voice—they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.” She continued, “there’s no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them—men included in that.” As a conclusion, the former actress said, “I guess we wait a couple months and then we can hit the ground running.”
Meghan and Harry are known for breaking traditions. Came May 19, their wedding day. Harry and Meghan decided to bring The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry. He was born in Chicago and he is the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. He gave an impassioned sermon about the redemptive power of love, using the words of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and asked a predominantly black gospel choir to perform a moving rendition of “Stand By Me”. “Very early out of the gate you realize that once you have access or a voice that people are going to listen to, with that comes a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously,” said Meghan in her and Harry’s engagement interview with BBC.
Meghan went on with her work, she voiced an interest in youth-focused charities and organizations that can help women in developing countries. She stayed the perfect royal bride as she was expected to be, with her wardrobe and accessories. But, as Meghan and Harry are known as the royal couple who are not following the protocol, Meghan made some minor missteps, such as holding Harry’s hand or crossing her legs. “Once you become immersed with the Royals, life does change, and you’re trying not to make mistakes,” etiquette expert Liz Brewer noted on Yahoo! UK’s The Royal Box. “There are people dictating how to behave. You know, protocol. Protocol is different to etiquette, it’s to do with precedence. Who enters the room first, who’s an heir to the throne. So you are aware that you will be told when you’ve done something wrong.”
However, while everyone expected that the palace will criticize her for her behavior, it was actually her family that brought all the drama in her newly married life. Samantha Markle, Meghan’s sibling, called her Cruella de Vil, and she said that Harry is a hamster. But the biggest surprise was her father, Thomas Markle. “What riles me is Meghan’s sense of superiority,” he shared with The Mail on Sunday. “She’d be nothing without me. I made her the Duchess she is today. Everything that Meghan is, I made her.” The proof of that were payments for her private schooling and a trip abroad. “And did I get any recognition for it? Any thanks?” he asked. “She doesn’t even speak to me now. How cold is that?”
Meghan said nothing of the subject, a thing the royal family is known to do. What we got from Meghan was a story from The Daily Mail, where they stated that a “deeply hurt” Meghan told a good friend that she “just wishes her dad would ‘stop blathering’ to the press.” Until he calms down, she has no desire in contacting him.
When the news of Meghan Markle’s pregnancy arrived, Thomas Markle, who heard it on the radio, said to The Daily Mail’s The Mail on Sunday, “I was filled with love, joy, and happiness for both my beautiful daughter and my son-in-law. A new baby is a blessing and I look forward to seeing a little Meghan or a little Harry.” Even Samantha Markle joined to celebrate. It just makes everything that happened over the last year disappear.”
In October, harry and Meghan went on their first International Royal Tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga, where everyone could see how the new royal baby is growing inside the Duchess of Sussex. Harry made a mistake, and let it slip is lips that he wishes for a baby girl.
She attended the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ gathering of university leaders, academics, and international scholarship students discussing, among other things, the role of educational institutions in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion on December 5. But the biggest news was their decision to move out and go to live at Windsor’s Frogmore House. The reason behind this is because they want all the peace and quiet they can get in order to prepare everything for their future baby. As a source told Us Weekly, “They want their children to grow up in as normal an environment as possible.” Vanity Fair stated that Meghan might go at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital to deliver her child, a hospital where Kate gave birth to Prince Louis.
During her book tour stop at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Former First Lady Michelle Obama gave a couple of advice to Meghan, and she said to her that she needs to keep doing her. In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Michelle Obama said, “Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel—from yourself and from others—can sometimes feel like a lot. So my biggest piece of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work. I think it’s okay—it’s good, even—to do that.”
The reason why we think that Meghan Markle is one of the biggest winners of this year is that despite all the difficulties she experiences during her first seven months as a member of a royal family, she handled everything with grace, and her approach to all the problems was very royal-like. That is why we applaud Meghan and hope that 2019 will be the best year she had so far, especially now as she is going to become a mother sometime in the Spring.