Meghan Markle Looked ‘Fame-Hungry’ With Her Appearance on ‘Ellen,’ Royal Author Says

Meghan Markle’s recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show received a lot of mixed reactions. Although the Duchess of Sussex did not spill secrets like she did in the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview, some people still criticized her TV appearance. According to a royal author, Meghan came off as “fame-hungry” by sitting down with DeGeneres.

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Meghan Markle has been accused of chasing fame

Ever since Meghan began dating Prince Harry, some onlookers have accused her of chasing fame. A part of this criticism may have come from her history as a Hollywood actor.

For example, in her book Meghan and Harry: The Real Story, Lady Colin Campbell described Meghan as someone who “always wanted to be a star.” Some people also questioned whether Meghan was cut out for the royal family given that she would not be number one in the monarchy’s pecking order.

Even after Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals and moved to California, the couple continued to be accused of wanting money and attention.

Meghan Markle looked ‘fame-hungry’ recently, royal author says

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Meghan has also been accused of going on Ellen for “fame.” During her appearance on the show, the duchess did an interview with DeGeneres as well as pranked bystanders by doing silly acts. 

“In Meghan Markle’s preeningly self-satisfied appearance on Ellen, she embarrassed the royal family and she embarrassed herself,” royal author Anna Pasternak said, according to Fox News. “She may have rejected the British monarchy yet still she seeks to capitalize on her title, being described on-screen as Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. Presumably, this is to boost her popularity in North America.”

Pasternak, who has written a book about Wallis Simpson, went on to compare Meghan to the late wife of Edward VIII. Both Meghan and Wallis were American divorcée who married royal men and moved back to the United States. However, Pasternak believed Wallis was more “dignified” than Meghan in her post-royal life.

“Meghan’s cringing appearance on Ellen was the opposite of dignified,” Pasternak explained. “What purpose it served, I have absolutely no idea, other than to make her look even more fame-hungry than ever. She never did understand the difference between celebrity and royalty, as this jaw-droppingly awful, tasteless interview attests.”

Some people praise Meghan Markle for the ‘fun’ interview

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After “Sussexit,” Meghan and Harry have given serious interviews about mental health and how much being a royal negatively affected them. However, the tone for the Ellen interview was a lot more lighthearted. The duchess did not bring up her royal life. Rather, she talked mostly about her childhood, acting career, and the early days of her and Harry’s relationship.

According to The List, many fans praised the Ellen appearance for showing off Meghan’s “fun” and “down-to-earth” sides. One person even pointed out that, although Meghan was “acting a fool,” she was received positively by viewers.