Should Meghan Markle Give Up Her Hollywood Lifestyle Now That’s She’s Part of the Royal Family?

Meghan Markle has plenty of fans thanks to her Hollywood background and her new royal responsibilities. But there are certain people who think she needs to cut ties with her former life if she ever hopes to fit in with her new upper crust family.

During that brief, idyllic time when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were dating under the radar, he warned her that life would change dramatically if they ever took their relationship public. Markle was undeterred – maybe because she was used to being in the spotlight. Or maybe it was just that she loved Harry enough that it didn’t matter. However, nothing could have prepared Meghan Markle for the scrutiny and attention she’d receive after revealing her relationship with the British royal heir.

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And now? Some royal experts say Meghan is trying to do too much, keeping her Hollywood life going while simultaneously attempting to fit in with her new family.

Should Meghan Markle stop trying to be everything to everyone and just accept her new royal role?

Why do royal experts think Meghan Markle should abandon her past?

Before Meghan met Harry, she already had a full life with friends, a career, and even an ex-husband. Upon being set up on a blind date with the British royal, she had no expectations and just one question: Is he nice? As it turns out, the answer was yes.

It’s a little silly to expect someone to give up their lives just for a marriage – but then again, most people aren’t marrying into the royal family. As royal expert and author Anna Pasternak explained, Meghan Markle should have realized that she can’t have it both ways.

“I think what Meghan has got to realize is that she cannot live life in the royal family like an A-list Hollywood star and that within the monarchy it demands a very different set of behaviors,” Pasternak said during an appearance on The Royal Box.

“She doesn’t understand that she cannot be this international star on this global stage, that is the Queen, then Charles, then William and Kate — they have to be the stars that’s what ensures continuity in the monarchy,” she said.

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Is Meghan Markle’s behavior affecting the royal family negatively?

Pasternak seems convinced that if Meghan Markle continues holding onto her Hollywood relationships, it could prove detrimental to the entire monarchy.

“The house of Windsor has done incredibly well to stay together when many other European royal houses have collapsed, and they’ve done it because they recognize who has to be the main event,” Pasternak explained. “She [Markle] seems to want to bring her own style into the monarchy and I don’t think that’s appropriate and I don’t think it’s going to work long term.”

How is Meghan Markle ‘acting Hollywood?’

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What exact behaviors is Pasternak taking issue with? Well, there are a few things. For one, her baby shower in New York City raised a few eyebrows, especially now that the United Kingdom is in the middle of the Brexit debate.

As Paternak says, “I thought that was in very poor taste actually when the country is in a state of extreme anxiety and flux and many people are suffering financially I think you can’t have it both ways,” Pasternak continued. “I don’t think you can on the one hand say to people, ‘save the planet, save plastic,’ and then be revving up a massive carbon footprint going for a lavish baby shower in New York. I don’t think it looks good and I don’t think it’s appropriate.”

Add that to the overly extravagant $3 million renovation at Frogmore House and it’s starting to make Meghan Markle sound a bit like a Hollywood diva.

Should Meghan Markle change her life?

Royal expert opinions aside, should Meghan Markle completely abandon her previous friendships and life now that she’s a member of the royal family?

Even though she’s technically a royal now, it’s still a private decision between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on how they conduct themselves. There are different expectations for them compared to Prince William and Kate Middleton since it’s very unlikely that Prince Harry will ever become King (not that he wants to).

Meghan Markle is forging her own path and staying true to herself even in her new role. Honestly, it’s very refreshing.