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Did the royal family struggle with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s “wokeness”? One royal expert believes that the monarchy “doesn’t know how to do ‘woke’” and that Meghan’s “dangerous level of self-belief” made it difficult for her to fit in.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widness, England
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Meghan Markle had a ‘dangerous level of self-belief,’ according to expert

Prince Harry found his ideal match in Meghan — someone who was on the same page as him, who cared about the same issues and shared similar beliefs.

Royal expert Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom about the couple, told Vanity Fair how the two have become united as partners. 

“In Meghan, Harry has met a woman who meets him on many levels,” Scobie explained. “They share the same ideals and wishes for the world. Meghan gets criticized for a lot, but one can’t knock her authenticity when it comes to wanting change and giving back.”

“This is more than a marriage. It’s a couple on a philanthropic journey together, with the same goals,” he added.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The royal family struggled with Meghan Markle’s ‘wokeness’

Author Robert Lacey, who wrote the book Battle of Brothers about the relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William, explained to The Sunday Times how Meghan’s “wokeness” was never a great fit for the royal family.

“The problem with the royal family is that it doesn’t know how to do ‘woke,’” he explained. “Woke is not going to go away. It’s here to stay, and Meghan is the very embodiment of it.”

Lacey also pointed to the way Meghan’s “dangerous level of self-belief” didn’t click with the royals. Lacey told the Daily Mail, “What you’ve got to realize is that the whole strategy of the monarchy was based on them sticking together.”

“Meghan changed all that,” he said. “She is difficult. She has an incredible and dangerous level of self-belief.”

In Lacey’s opinion, the royal family “always treat the second-born badly,” pointing to how the “spare” is left without support.

“It happened with Princess Margaret. It happened with Prince Andrew. It’s the classic heir and the spare thing,” Lacey noted. “They just don’t know what to do with the spare. And they certainly didn’t know what to do with the spare’s wife.”


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Meghan Markle’s introduction to the royal family could have been handled better

The royal biographer also shared his thoughts on how Meghan was introduced to royal life, believing there were some missteps.

“There is only one self-made millionaire in the royal family and that is Meghan Markle. If they had sat down with her at the start and said, ‘Let’s talk about the things you are interested in’, things might have been different,” he explained.

“They just sent her off to watch the queen opening the Mersey Bridge,” Lacey noted, believing that “they made the mistake of dealing with the spare’s wife thinking she was just a routine royal. She was never going to be a routine royal.”