Is Meghan Markle Acting Too Much Like a Celebrity for the Royal Family?

Meghan Markle has made headlines since she was first linked to Prince Harry. As their relationship progressed from an engagement announcement to their royal wedding, to the big announcement they were expecting their first child, the headlines have not only continued but have at times seemed to plague Markle even more

Part of the reason Markle makes headlines so often is that she’s very different from the royal women who came before her. Not only is she an American, but she was also an actress prior to her marriage with Prince Harry. While Markle has made significant (and surprising) changes to the way she acts since become a Duchess, some people feel she has a long way to go. This makes people wonder whether Meghan Markle is acting too much like a celebrity for the royal family. Here’s what we know.

Meghan Markle was a celebrity

Meghan Markle
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

One thing people need to realize is that Meghan Markle was a celebrity before becoming a Duchess. Common sense states that she cannot simply change the way she’s been doing things over night. Markle and Prince Harry have only been a couple since around the summer of 2016, and they did not marry until last year. Given time, Markle will undoubtedly settle into her new position better – but the nonstop media attention is not helping.

Is she acting too ‘Hollywood’ for the royal family?

Many experts state that Meghan Markle just acts too “Hollywood” or too much like a celebrity for the royal family. As the world knows, the British royal family has always seemed above reproach and incredibly proper in their dealings with the outside world. Markle, however, has done several things that just do not fit that image. One example was her baby shower, which some state was in poor taste. 

Ann Pasternak, royal author, recently spoke to The Royal Box about this. According to her, “…Meghan has got to realize is that she cannot live life in the Royal Family like a A-list Hollywood star and that within the monarchy, it demands a very different set of behavior. You cannot have your freedom and this privilege.”

Pasternak went on to explain that it isn’t so much about acting like an American movie star, but rather that she has become the focus of attention. She went on to explain why this was such an issue. “She cannot be this international star on a global stage. That is the monarch, the Queen… that’s what ensures continuity of the monarchy. The House of Windsor has done incredibly well to stay together when many other European royal houses have collapsed and they’ve done it because they recognize who has to be the main event.”

Some think Markle is a welcome change

Meghan Markle
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

While Meghan Markle may have plenty of naysayers, there are also those who support her because they welcome her as a “breath of fresh air” to an archaic way of doing things. For starters, Markle does significant charity work. While the royal family has always been charitable, Markle’s focus is very different. She is an avid supporter of female rights, equality in general, and her efforts are overall more in touch with the working class.

Markle is also very modern when compared to the rest of the royal family. While there is nothing wrong with classical tastes and mannerisms, it just does not help to connect the British royal family with their public in the modern world. Meghan Markle, on the other hand, both dresses and acts in a way that is much more in line with the current way of thinking. This is one of the primary reasons she has garnered so many fans in such a short period.