Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘Turning Point’ in Their Royal Roles: ‘They Wanted to Be More Down to Earth’
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex endured more than their fair share of negative press before they decided to pack it all in and leave their royal duties behind. There was one shining moment, however, when their actions weren’t, for once, criticized by the public and the press and when they demonstrated a real turning point as royals, one expert shares.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s ‘turning point’ identified them as ‘down to earth’
There was a moment that one expert calls the “turning point” for Prince Harry and Meghan, where they showed how they were anything but stuffy or “high glamour royals.” The Sussexes’ first day of their Africa tour showed a “new side” of the couple, as they shed any notions of royal formalities in favor of a more casual visit that allowed them the opportunity to really connect with the people they encountered on the trip.
Christine Ross, the editor of the Meghan’s Mirror blog, noted that the first day of their tour, Sept. 23, 2019, Prince Harry and Meghan arrived and were dancing with locals during their visit to a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township.
“She was dancing with the children and it was such a stark contrast to some of the events we had seen before her pregnancy,” Ross noted during the Pod Save the Queen podcast. “She’s in this very affordable dress, she’s in affordable wedges, her hair is in a ponytail… she’s dancing with children.”
Ross continued, “We didn’t know then what we know now but I think that tour and even just that moment and that look was a turning point in their roles, in that they weren’t going to be these high glamour royals anymore.”
“They wanted to be more down to earth, with the people, dancing with the children, getting out into the crowds,” she explained.
Meghan went with a more casual look for the visit
Meghan opted to dress more casually during their visit and didn’t wear her wedding ring or any fancy accessories. On the first day of their tour, Meghan wore a black and white dress designed by Mayamiko and she and Prince Harry wore ‘Justice Desk’ beaded bracelets.
“I love that wrap dress because it’s not a royal color,” Ross shared. “She was still showing a very normal post-partum body which so many women around the world appreciated and that outfit to me, especially as it marked the beginning of the tour, was a turning point in her relationship with her role as a duchess.”
Even their critics had nothing negative to say
The Sussexes could do no wrong during their tour — even their toughest critics couldn’t fault them at the time.
Piers Morgan, one of the couple’s most vocal critics, had nothing but praise for them. “Their tour of South Africa has been an unqualified success,” Morgan wrote on the Daily Mail at the time. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven’t put a foot wrong as they’ve toured the country shining an important light on many issues from gender violence to poverty and education.”
He added, “They’ve behaved like royals should behave — with dignity, grace, good humor and empathy.”