Meghan Markle Has Lost Her Voice for Change By Marrying Prince Harry and Becoming a Royal

Ever since her days as Rachel Zane on the popular legal drama, Suits, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been more than an actress. It is well known that she stands up for what she believes in, and is an active feminist and humanitarian.

Long before ever meeting Prince Harry, Meghan was all about positive change in the world. According to Harper’s Bazaar, the Duchess of Sussex has always been a dedicated philanthropist. She was a global ambassador for World Vision, having done extensive work before joining the royal family. She was also an advocate for women’s rights and was always adamant about making her voice heard.

When Meghan and Prince Harry announced their engagement, however, she knew that her life would be drastically changing. Suddenly, there was a long list of rules and royal protocol that Meghan would have to follow, from not using social media to refraining from talking about politics.

Although this seemed to go against what she believed in, Meghan embraced the rules and was excited for her new role as the Duchess of Sussex. So, has Meghan lost her voice for change by marrying Prince Harry and becoming a royal?

Meghan Markle always stood for what she believed in

For years, fans knew that they could count on Meghan to be true to everything that she believed in.

She famously supported gender equality when she was only 11 years old, and wrote a letter to Proctor & Gamble after being offended by the wording in a commercial for dishwashing detergent.

The advertisement was changed to target cleaning duties toward “people” instead of just “women.” Meghan proved that she was capable of making a difference in the world before she even entered her teenage years.

Has Meghan Markle lost her voice for change by marrying Prince Harry and becoming a royal?

Has becoming a royal caused Meghan to lose her voice for change and do the exact opposite of what she has always wanted to do? Some people feel that it has.

Now that she is a duchess, Newsweek reports that there are so many things that she is banned from doing. We won’t be hearing Meghan discuss her political views anytime soon, although she made comments about Donald Trump shortly before her wedding to Prince Harry.

During an appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore in 2016, the now-duchess said: “Of course Trump is divisive—think about female voters alone. I think it was in 2012, the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points. That’s a huge number and as misogynistic as Trump is—and so vocal about it—that’s a huge chunk of it.”

The royals are so neutral, in fact, that Meghan can’t even speak openly about the ongoing scandal involving her husband’s uncle, Prince Andrew. We can only imagine that before becoming royal, these were issues that Meghan would be discussing freely.

It seems to be taking away from who she really is and what she stands for. Although no one can possibly know what Meghan and Prince Harry talk about in the privacy of their own home, fans shouldn’t be waiting for Meghan to make any statements regarding her opinions on certain issues.

Meghan Markle is making an effort to work around the restricting royal rules

Meghan Markle attends a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship.
Meghan Markle | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Although the royal rules really put a limit on things that Meghan can say or do, she is finding ways to work around this and be the person that she has always been in the past. How is she doing this?

Well, the duchess recently guest-edited an issue of British Vogue, which focused mainly on women and change, something that is definitely close to Meghan’s heart. According to the New York Times, she also did some work with a charity that focuses on women seeking employment.

The recent documentary that she did with Prince Harry was meant to make Meghan’s voice heard at a time when things are proving to be very difficult. However, the unfortunate reality is that royal rules are restricting Meghan from speaking about issues that she is truly passionate about and limiting the influence that she once had.

The Duchess of Sussex may regain her voice now that she and Prince Harry and stepped down as “senior” members of the royal family.