How Meghan Markle’s Acting Career Helped Her Hide Unhappiness With Royal Life

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex left her acting career behind to join the British royal family but she hasn’t given it up completely. According to a body language expert, the 38-year-old’s training as an actress has allowed her to keep her discomfort with royal life hidden. Keep reading to learn how one body language expert says Meghan’s acting experience has proved to be a useful tool. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry step down as senior royals

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Canada House in 2020
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Canada House | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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In a stunning announcement in January 2020,  the couple shared they’d be stepping down as senior royals. The public’s reaction to Megxit varied. Some were happy with the choice while others were shocked and upset. 

She ‘never showed’ her unhappiness with royal life

Per Express, body language expert Judi James discussed the couple’s royal exit on the podcast, Pod Save the Queen. More specifically, whether or not there were signs leading up to it.

Asked if she picked up on hints of unhappiness, James remarked the Duchess of Sussex kept her true feelings concealed in public.

Meghan Markle waves during a visit to Northern Ireland in 2018
Meghan Markle in Northern Ireland | Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

“She clearly played it very well,” James said of Meghan. “Full marks to her, because she said she’d gone through a lot of grief, but she never showed it.”

How did Meghan do it? Her acting experience.

“I think the actress side helped her get through that,” she said. “I looked through acres of footage, and she’d always got a good smile on her face, she always looked engaged, she’d always got quite an excited eye expression.”

James continued: “And she always looked clearly besotted with Harry, and I think that possibly made it less obvious.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hold hands in Australia
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Australia | Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images

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While Meghan may have said goodbye to Suits, she’s still using the skills the learned as an actress. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get personal in documentary

Prior to their bombshell decision, Meghan and Harry both opened up in a documentary titled Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. Airing in October 2019, Meghan told journalist Tom Bradby she struggled with life in the royal spotlight. Subjected to intense media scrutiny, she shared, “it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.” 

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Meanwhile, Harry touched on the rumors of a feud between him and brother Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. He said they will “always be brothers” but that he and William are “on different paths at the moment.”

Besides remarking on his relationship with William, Harry opened up about witnessing Meghan’s experience. He shared the media scrutiny and harassment targeted at her brings back bad memories of his late mother, Princess Diana.

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex , along with their son, live in Meghan’s hometown of Los Angeles, California. Currently staying in an $18 million mansion owned by Tyler Perry, they are keeping a low profile. They’ve also put the launch of their charity on hold.

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