Meghan Markle ‘Couldn’t Be as Outspoken as She Wanted to Be’ in the Royal Family, Expert Claims
Did Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have lofty expectations about being a member of the royal family? One royal expert believes that Markle thought she would have a more amplified voice when she married Prince Harry, but instead found “she couldn’t be as outspoken as she wanted to be.”
Meghan Markle reportedly wanted more of a platform
Meghan was working on important causes before meeting and marrying Prince Harry. Royal author Penny Junor told Express she believes the former actor had unrealistic expectations that joining the royal family would give her even more of a voice.
During Prince Harry and Meghan’s first joint interview following their engagement, Meghan shared her thoughts on the “transition” from her acting career. The interviewer asked, “What about this new role? You’re going to have a bigger platform, a bigger voice. What do you want to do with it?”
“I think what’s been really exciting, as we talk about the transition of this out of my career but into the role, is that, as you said, the causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on,” she told BBC at the time.
Meghan added, “Because very early out of the gate, I think you realize once you have access or a voice, that people are going to listen to with that comes a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.”
The couple found they had a common interest in humanitarian efforts, as Prince Harry shared during the interview, “Both of us have passions for wanting to make change, change for good.”
Meghan agreed, saying “it was really one of the things we first connected on.”
She continued, “It was one of the first things we started talking about when we met — was just the different things that we wanted to do in the world and how passionate we were about seeing change.”
“I think that’s what got date two in the books,” she added.
Meghan discovered the royal family didn’t have the power she expected
According to Junor, Meghan soon realized the royal family didn’t have the power that she expected.
“I would have thought part of the appeal of marrying Harry might have been having a platform for her activism,” Junor explained to Express. “But I think probably what she found when she arrived inside the royal family was that she couldn’t be as active as she wanted to be.”
The biographer continued, “She couldn’t be as outspoken as she wanted to be. The royal family doesn’t operate in that way, they don’t use their position in order to make change.”
“They use it to highlight issues and support issues but not to actually drive change,” Junor added. “They are not as powerful as she might have thought they were.”
After Prince Harry and Meghan exited the royal family in early 2020, the couple moved on in a new way that didn’t involve the restrictions of being in the firm. Junor believes that Meghan could now consider a career in politics, explaining, “I think it’s perfectly possible.”
“She has no restraints anymore,” Junor noted. “As a member of the royal family, you couldn’t possibly do that but they’re not anymore. But in terms of her running herself, you’d need a shed load of money.”