Is Queen Elizabeth Atoning for How She Treated Princess Diana In Her Relationship With Meghan Markle?

With so many similarities, it’s hard not to compare Meghan Markle and Princess Diana. But, their personalities and interests aren’t the only things the royal women have in common. Much like the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex has received an uproar of attention from the press in the early months of her royal life. And, she is having a hard time dealing with her newfound fame — just like Princess Diana did. That said, there’s one big difference between the two situations: Their relationship with Queen Elizabeth.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II appear to have a close relationship. | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

In the midst of the chaos, it appears that Queen Elizabeth II might be offering support and embracing Meghan Markle’s personal views and values — something she didn’t exactly do for Princess Diana. Is Queen Elizabeth making up for how she treated Prince Harry’s mother through her relationship with his wife? We explore the idea, plus take a closer look at the similarities between Princess Diana and Meghan Markle’s early royal life, ahead

Meghan Markle’s early royal life.

Although it might appear that Meghan Markle is loved by everyone, the press has a different agenda. Tabloid culture has brought on rumors of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s alleged feud and continues to give her father, Thomas Markle a voice. And, while the former actress is no stranger to fame, this is the first time she has had to deal with the media without a voice.

Before she met Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was able to put rumors to rest herself. She had a lifestyle site, as well as social media channels that she could go on to address certain reports herself. On top of that, she had the power to speak to the media directly and give her side of the story.

As a member of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex has consequently lost her voice. Now, she must rely on the royal family’s official communications secretary to put rumors to rest — and they aren’t known for speaking to the media (especially in regards to tabloid reports). However, as some rumors have escalated, the royal family’s communications office has attempted to discredit a few reports. But, they don’t intervene with the media that often — especially if it’s in response to petty press rumors and public backlash.

Due to these circumstances, Meghan Markle has allegedly struggled in her early royal life. On top of that, she finds some of the reports unavoidable. According to an Us Weekly source, the duchess tries to steer clear of negative feedback, scrutiny, and her father’s continued media attention, but that’s hard to do. She is “definitely bothered by all the reports and speculation,” notes the source. “She’s finding the whole situation incredibly stressful,” they add.

Princess Diana’s early royal life

Meghan Markle could really use her mother-in-law, Princess Diana right now, as she has found herself faced with similar issues as the late royal. Much like the Duchess of Sussex, Princess Diana also struggled in her early years as a royal wife. “This is what Diana went through,” Melanie Bromley, a correspondent for E! News shared on Live From E!. “The similarities between what she’s going through and what Diana went through — initially before Diana became a saint in the press — when Diana and Charles first got married, it was terrible for Diana. And, Meghan is going through the same thing,” she added.

Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth

Princess Diana turned to the queen a lot in the early stages of her royal life. | PA/AFP/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana’s relationship

In addition to struggling with the press, Princess Diana also had a hard time adapting to royal life and found, at times, that her mother-in-law was not the most helpful. According to reports, the queen thought that, since Princess Diana came from a prominent family, she would have no problem adjusting to life at the palace. However, that was not the case.

In her early months as a royal, the queen thought her issues with royal life would subside as she became more accustomed to her role in the family and society. Behind closed doors, the queen supported Diana and offered her the comfort and sympathy she sought. As Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s marriage issues grew, the princess made more and more unexpected visits to her mother-in-law. At first, Queen Elizabeth tolerated her daughter-in-law’s drop-ins, but over time — and through many tears — Her Majesty grew impatient with Princess Diana’s struggles.

Much like Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth saw early on the good that Princess Diana could bring the royal family. But, the queen started to view her outspoken behavior in the midst of her failing marriage — as well as her political interests — as a liability.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana’s passing changed the monarchy forever. | Joel Robine/ AFP/ Getty Images

When Princess Diana passed, the public criticized Her Majesty for how she handled the situation. And although her initial silence was due to grieving and caring for her grandsons, Queen Elizabeth admitted that she admired Princess Diana’s character. While addressing the public after Princess Diana’s death, Her Majesty stated, “I for one believe that there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death.” Since then, many claim that Queen Elizabeth and the royal family have never been the same.

Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle’s relationship

Despite her similarities to Princess Diana, Meghan Markle’s relationship with the queen seems much different. That, in large part, could have to do with the fact that Meghan Markle is not married to the heir to the British throne. However, she and Prince Harry are still actively involved in the family’s affairs and represent the queen in almost everything they do. So, why does Meghan Markle get away with her politically-charged comments and rule-bending behavior? As it turns out, Queen Elizabeth might have learned something big from Princess Diana’s life and death: relatability.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle is outspoken like Princess Diana. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In today’s world, Meghan Markle feels the most relatable to the public. Despite palace walls, the Duchess of Sussex makes an enormous amount of effort to be herself, which is often translated into comments about feminism and subtle hints at her political views. Sure, she has to play along with some old-fashioned rules, but it appears that her grandmother-in-law allows her to open up a tad more than her late mother-in-law did in an effort to gain the public’s trust, admiration, and ever-lasting support.

Because of Princess Diana, the once closed-off, untouchable Queen of England has even opened up herself. While she doesn’t express her interests in gender equality, she supported changes in the royal family that show her beliefs. She has also become warmer and more available to the public during engagements. These actions, plus some of the things she allows Meghan Markle to get away with, are all signs that Her Majesty not only admires her late daughter-in-law but also sees a lot of Princess Diana in Meghan Markle. And, as a result, might be trying to make up for her relationship with Princess Diana through Meghan Markle.

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