What About Meghan Markle Surprises People the Most?

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, is certainly a figure who is able to draw a mixed reception from the public. The Duchess has been criticized harshly for her unconventional ways while simultaneously being praised for her strength.

In her short time as a member of the royal family, she has been slandered by her own family members, chastised for choosing to keep intimate family events out of the public eye, analyzed for potential feuds with her royal in-laws, championed as a bold new voice, and admired for her beauty and grace. 

It’s quite a whirlwind of reactions, so it makes sense that fans would be equally torn between positive and negative perceptions when it comes to discussing what surprises them most about Markle. 

Some people see Markle’s behavior as inappropriate for a royal

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

In a discussion of what surprises people most about Markle, many of them cited behavior that they see as inappropriate for someone in such a sophisticated and traditional position. In particular, those who see her relationship with the Queen as icy or distant are quick to point out her perceived missteps.

Here are some of the behaviors that people critical of Markle deem shocking: 

  • She isolates herself from the public. Many people cite Markle as the force behind the decision to keep baby Archie’s christening private, and they see the Duchess as controlling and determined to keep up a celebrity lifestyle with more privacy than a royal family member normally receives. (Some believe it is Prince Harry, however, and not Markle who desires privacy for Archie). 
  • She continues displays of the same behavior in the face of criticism. Some point out that Markle does not seem to care when she is criticized in the press. For example, she was mocked for cradling her belly during pregnancy but continued to stand in that pose. She was also criticized for showing too much PDA in public, but the negative press didn’t stop her from doing it again. 
  • She’s been seen as hypocritical. These critics point to her decision to turn down an invitation to the BAFTA awards after a visit to Rwanda. She claimed that a reward show was too much excess following what she had seen in Africa. However, she herself had an extravagant wedding and lives a luxurious life. 

Fans are most shocked by the powerful way Markle handles criticism 

On the other side of the coin, many people are shocked not by any flaw in Markle’s character but in just how well she is able to handle the hate and criticism she gets from people all over the world.

For them, the fact that Markle is able to go on smiling and putting up a great public persona when she knows that she is going to get criticized and judged is amazing. Markle stands out as a gracious, confident, and powerful figure who is worthy of admiration and respect. 

Perhaps a change is coming soon

Whether people love her or hate her, the Duchess of Sussex seems determined to do her best to shoulder the responsibilities of her new roles as royal wife and mother. As she and Prince Harry work to walk the line between publicity and privacy, the perception surrounding her behavior and personality seems to be shifting.

Recent headlines point to a more vibrant friendship between Markle and Kate Middleton, and others point to signs that her relationship with the Queen is not as strained as some would like to believe. 

Markle is likely to be a controversial figure that draws both adoring fans and intense critics as long as she has a place in the public eye, but there is a chance that the main story about who she is and how she behaves could be more positive going forward.