Queen Elizabeth ‘Isolated’ Princess Diana, Does Not Want To Do The Same To Meghan Markle

Even though she was the most famous royal on the planet for more than a decade, Princess Diana never felt like she was a part of the royal family. And after she divorced Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth “isolated” the People’s Princess even more. However, British journalist Duncan Larcombe says that the monarch has learned from the past, and she has welcomed Meghan Markle to the family with open arms.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth | Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

A “slightly unusual effort”

Larcombe – who has been the royal editor for The Sun for ten years – says that Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Sussex have a close relationship compared to other people who have married into the royal family.

Just a few short weeks after the former Suits actress married Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth invited Markle out for a joint engagement in Cheshire to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge. The two ladies took a trip together on the royal train (something Kate Middleton and Prince Harry have reportedly never done), and Markle appeared to be very comfortable spending time with her husband’s grandmother.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

A solo engagement with Queen Elizabeth was something that Kate Middleton didn’t get to do until about eight years after she married Prince William, and Larcombe says the Queen has “made a particular and slightly unusual effort” to welcome Markle into the family. And, that’s something she didn’t do for Middleton or Princess Diana.

Queen Elizabeth changes her ways

According to Fox News, Queen Elizabeth invited Meghan Markle to private family events before she was a royal, and she also received a “great honor” this summer when the monarch invited Markle to  Balmoral Castle in Scotland to celebrate her 38th birthday.

Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth
Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth | Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

“I’ve been quite impressed by how much responsibility the queen has given Meghan,” said royal expert Katie Nicholl. “The queen likes Meghan. She recognizes how happy Meghan makes Harry, but she also sees how capable Meghan is as a royal. She showed them how much she thought of Meghan in the early days before they were actually married when she invited Meghan to be a part of the Commonwealth Day service. Quite an important event in the royal calendar and there was Meghan before she was actually married into the royal family.”

Breaking royal protocol

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana never had a close relationship, and her private secretary Patrick Jephson even revealed before Diana’s death that she never felt like she had the royal family’s support. The situation got even worse after she and Prince Charles separated.

One of the reasons the two ladies struggled to get along was that Diana often challenged the monarchy and broke royal protocol, which is something that Meghan Markle is also doing in her own way.

However, this time around, Queen Elizabeth has a much different approach toward the rebel in the family. She has welcomed Markle by inviting her to numerous events, and there was no gradual introduction to the family like there was with Kate Middleton. Instead, Markle “burst onto the scene,” says Larcombe, and now Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle have a special bond.

A deliberate move

Larcombe says that Queen Elizabeth has “obviously requested” for Markle to join her for public appearances on numerous occasions, and it was probably a deliberate move on the part of the Queen. He explains that the 93-year-old wanted to signal to everyone that she was welcoming Markle into the royal family, something she never did with Princess Diana or Kate Middleton.

It appears that Queen Elizabeth learned a lot from her complicated relationship with Princess Diana. She’s accepting that Markle is a bit of a rebel who doesn’t always follow royal tradition, and there is no isolation this time around.

Instead of distancing herself from Markle, Queen Elizabeth is leaning into the relationship, and that means the American actress will never be an outsider like her late mother-in-law.