Things seemed to move quickly with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. She first met Prince Harry in 2016, and the couple announced their engagement a year and a half later. Then, they tied the knot in May 2018. However, by early 2020, Meghan and Harry had decided to step down from being senior members of the royal family.
While many followers could see Meghan had a difficult time being a royal, some fans now believe she might have been too “impatient” when she decided to leave.
Meghan Markle was reportedly frustrated with the royal family
Ever since news came out about Meghan dating Harry, she has been the subject of many negative news reports. Royals often do not comment on what the press and the public are saying about them, so Meghan was expected to keep quiet as well.
However, court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight revealed that Meghan felt “unprotected” by the royal family, especially when she was pregnant and dealing with negative media reports.
Furthermore, a new biography about Meghan and Harry, Finding Freedom, shared that she sometimes struggled to adapt to the traditional royal family with its many rules and customs.
Why some fans think Meghan Markle was too ‘impatient’
Some fans believe that, while certain complaints Meghan reportedly had about the royal family were valid, she was too quick to leave the institution. These fans believe that, had Meghan and Harry stayed, they could have been a real force for change in the monarchy, but that would also require many years of hard work and dedication.
“I know that Meghan was probably frustrated by how long it took for things to get done. I can understand coming in with all these great ideas, and feeling frustrated when you hit hurdles, and how that can feel very stifling,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “Whether it’s the BRF or with another charitable organization or foundation, there are systems in place that you’re going to have to work around and red tape that’s going to frustrate and slow down your great idea.”
Meanwhile, another person called Meghan “impatient” and pointed out the flaw in her and Harry’s alleged desire to make money off of giving speeches.
“Right now, they are just being influencers,” the person wrote. “I think Meghan is very impatient too… There were many projects that she could have tackled to make a huge difference for the communities involved. Right now, her CV is too weak to be giving the kind of talks she wants to give. She lacks the substance to be taken seriously. You need years of unglamorous ground work in social service, that often goes unrecognised, to give your words weight. She didn’t do that, and now she sounds like an entitled celebrity that makes you go ‘wow thanks I’m cured.’
Other fans also believe Meghan Markle misunderstood how the royal family works
Since both royals and celebrities get a lot of attention from the public, many people might assume royals function in a similar way to Hollywood stars. However, royals work to serve the public and the monarchy they are embedded in. Meanwhile, celebrities are often all about promoting their own self-interests in order to further their career.
Fans believe Meghan might have assumed the royal family works the same way as the celebrity world she came from. This could explain her reported frustration with the monarchy.
“My random theory is that Meghan thought the BRF cares about media attention and popularity in the same way [as] celebrities,” one fan said on Reddit. “I think she looked at Diana’s fame, saw how William and Harry benefited from that, and thought that if she made a big splash and was really popular, she could use that popularity to make some changes in the BRF.”
Another person agreed, pointing out that Meghan might not have understood that royalty is a “different level of ballgame” compared to her Hollywood world.
“So many elementary mistakes… Like thinking you can profit off royalty, not understanding your position in a hierarchal organisation, thinking you can be progressive politically in a traditional organization,” the person said. “She’s like someone who got a promotion to a role they can’t handle but who was doing their previous job just fine.”