Princess Diana Would Have Seen Meghan Markle as the ‘Future of the Royal Family’

It’s been over a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage, and the couple seem to be living out their fairytale, despite the media’s constant attacks on Markle. One of the subjects in constant debate is whether Princess Diana would have approved of her son’s wife.

Opinions on the subject differ, but one former bodyguard is says Diana would have thought Markle was “fantastic” for the royal family. Here’s what he said and why he’s probably right. 

Expert opinions differ on Princess Diana’s character

Princess Diana
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Ken Wharfe, a former royal protection officer, thinks Diana would have been happy with Harry’s choice of bride. Wharfe told the Daily Mail, “Diana would have liked that her son had married an American divorcee, a woman of mixed heritage. I can see Diana putting two fingers up to the monarchy on the strength of that one, saying, ‘This is fantastic, this is the future of this family, this is the way it has to be.'”

Wharfe believes Diana would have loved Markle’s mixed heritage, but according to Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Diana may not have been thrilled of Markle’s background.

“Diana was actually quite snobbish,” Seward told the Daily Mail. “She was very proud of her Spencer heritage, and although she was great with the ordinary man, she might not have wanted someone for her son, who had been married before and was from such a different background.”

Was Princess Diana a royal snob?

There’s no doubt that Diana treated everyone kindly, regardless of their background, but Seward’s statement brings up the possibility that behind closed doors, Diana may have had strong opinions about the English elite. She was raised in an environment, and during a time period, where she would have been told that everyone has their natural place in the world.

Although she believed in treating everyone kindly, regardless of class, status or heritage, did she believe in keeping the royal family in pure English blood?

Unfortunately, we can’t really know what went on inside Diana’s head. But we know she loved her sons and she would have wanted them to be happy. It’s possible that even if Diana did have slightly snobbish opinions, her desire to have a good relationship with her sons may have overridden her need to express that opinion. In an effort to keep the peace, she may have just keep her thoughts to herself. 

History shows the pain royal standards have caused

Before Diana’s time, before even Queen Elizabeth’s time, Edward VIII had to give up the throne in order to marry the woman he loved, because she was an American divorcee and an actress, just like Markle.

Wallis Simpson held many similarities with Harry’s bride, but in 1936, the royal family was not ready to accept a woman with that background into their ranks.

Diana would have been aware of Edward VIII’s story. Would she have seen it as an improvement in the royal standard, that Markle was accepted today? 

After all, Diana was well aware of the problems that arise when a man is not allowed to marry the woman of his choice. Her husband, Prince Charles, was in love with Camilla Parker Bowles before he ever met Diana. Parker Bowles was considered unfit for the royal family, and so Charles was forced to marry Diana instead.

However, throughout their marriage, he continued to carry on a relationship with Parker Bowles, and Diana was hurt immensely by this. Diana’s pain may have been avoided altogether, if Charles had been allowed to marry Parker Bowles instead. 

Would Princess Diana think Meghan Markle is good for the royal family?

For all these reasons, it seems likely that Diana would have been eager to see change in the royal standards. Plus, she would have wanted Harry to be happy, and would have trusted his choice of a bride.

Wharfe’s opinion that Diana would have seen Markle as the future of the royal family seems right on the mark when you consider all of her reasons for doing so.