Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Could Have Used Princess Anne’s Approach to Royal Life, Documentary Claims
Just three months after announcing their intent to resign from their roles within the British royal family, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have completed Megxit. The duo has left the U.K. for a permanent home in Los Angeles, California where they will forge a new life for themselves in Hollywood.
When the Sussexes were first engaged in November 2017, they seemed eager and able to take on royal life with a modern twist. Unfortunately, due to the duchess’ outspoken, feminism, American nationality, and mixed-race heritage, she came up against tons of pushback. No matter what she and the prince did, the British press and public refused to embrace her.
Though Megxit was shocking to some, it’s almost no surprise that the Sussexes found royal life intolerable. Now, a documentary claims the pair should look to Princess Anne for a model on approaching royal life.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle agonized over leaving the British royal family
Though the news of Megixt came out of nowhere for us, the Sussexes did not make the decision on a whim. “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” Prince Harry said during a speech at a dinner for his charity, Sentebale. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
In the end, the pair could not live a happy life while being scrutinized and bullied at every turn. “There’s lots of layers to it and lots of pieces to the puzzle,” the prince reportedly said. “But sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one. And this decision certainly wasn’t the easy one but it was the right decision for our family, the right decision to be able to protect my son.”
Meghan Markle tried to adopt a stiff upper lip
Since Queen Elizabeth II’s reign began in 1952, it has been royal policy to ignore rumors and drama and to adopt a stiff upper lip. The queen has certainly mastered this, as have Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the Cambridges. However, for the Duchess of Sussex who was wholly new to royal life, this became too challenging.
The pair sued several tabloids for spreading malicious lies about the duchess and for publishing her personal correspondence with her father. “It’s not enough just to survive something, right? That’s not the point of life,” Meghan explained in the revealing documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. The duchess also explained that she tried to adopt the British “stiff upper lip” but “what that does internally is probably really damaging”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have used Princess Anne’s approach to royal life
One royal expert is claiming that Megixt didn’t need to happened had the Sussexes modeled Princess Anne’s approach to royal life.
“Unlike many others in the family, [Princess Anne’s] never gone in for image-building with the media, so there’s been no facade to crumble away,” the narrator says in the Channel 4 documentary, The Real Princess Anne. “It’s one area in which she’s perhaps content to be outclassed by her rivals. [Anne’s] had her share of indiscretions, but she’s handled them discreetly and with dignity. For much of her life, she’s been eclipsed by her older brother, but the more daunting the burden on the House of Windsor, the more the black sheep of the family has come into her own.”
This is all well and good, but the princess came-of-age in a different time, and as the Duchess of Sussex explained, not everyone is built to tune out the media.