Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their blistering decision to step back as senior royals in 2020. The pair have since moved to California where they live with their two young children. When the couple sat down with Oprah Winfrey almost a year after completing their final royal duties, the Duchess of Sussex offered no guidance or advice about what to expect from her during her time as a royal Went. However, that claim has been challenged by commentators as well as a friend of Meghan, who pointed to specific instances in which Meghan received advice not only from top aides but also from other senior family members.
Here’s who tried to help Harry’s bride navigate aspects within the family of Britain’s most adored.
What Meghan told Oprah about not receiving any guidelines on being royal
From Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, outsiders joining the firm through marriage don’t have the easiest time adjusting to the constraints and demands of royal life. Meghan felt the same way and explained that while sitting down with Oprah.
“There were some things you couldn’t do,” Meghan told the former talk show host. “But, you know, unlike what you see in movies, there’s no classes on how to speak up, how to cross your legs, how to be royal. There’s none of that training. It may be present for other family members. It was not something that was offered to me.”
But it has been claimed that Meghan was given some solid advice and guidance from Prince Harry’s stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles, on what to do and how to cope with the pressures of royal life.
Duchess reportedly ignored Camilla’s advice
Someone who could really help Meghan deal with the turmoil of royal life was Camilla, and according to reports she did.
No one knows better than Camilla how brutal the press can be. Not only did she have to know how to deal with it, but the Duchess of Cornwall was also the target of public scrutiny after the death of Princess Diana. “I really can’t go anywhere,” she once said Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine. “It was terrible. It was a very unpleasant time and I don’t want my worst enemy to go through this.
When the tabloids began to focus on Meghan, Camilla offered her wisdom.
A friend of Megan’s said, “Meg was really grateful to Camilla, who was very supportive and invited her over for a private lunch, especially around her wedding.” daily mail. “She listened to him and understood that it’s really hard to connect with an otherwise ‘normal’ life in the royal family. She was very sensitive to Meghan and she provided her support, advice to get her out of the storm and it all passed Will – but ultimately Meghan didn’t listen.
Experts say Meghan ‘wasn’t ready to listen and she wasn’t ready to learn’
It wasn’t just Camilla, several top royal aides also advised the Duchess of Sussex on things she should and shouldn’t be doing. Sun noted that this included advising Meghan not to wear jewelry gifted to the Saudi Crown Prince weeks after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which she did anyway.
in documentary 40. But Meghan, commentators Tom Quinn and Emily Andrews discussed Meghan’s tenure and attitude as a senior royal and said she either didn’t want to or thought she needed help.
Quinn added: “The thing is, this is someone who wanted to be a feminist on her own terms. She was a maverick, and it’s very difficult to be temperamental in the royal family.”
Andrews then added: “I think all those positive qualities of Meghan meant she wasn’t willing to listen and she wasn’t willing to learn. She wanted to do everything herself.”
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