What Meghan Markle Needs to Learn From Princess Diana to Improve Her Image

Meghan Markle has faced massive criticism from the public and media but one royal expert believes there’s hope for her to improve her image. She doesn’t have to look far for inspiration — as it’s advised that she look to Princess Diana as the perfect example of how to act like a royal.

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Markle may want to follow Princess Diana’s example

During the 60 Minutes special about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, many of her critics sounded off about some of the duchess’ missteps. Could she learn something from Princess Diana?

Princess Diana’s former secretary, Patrick Jephson, remarked that perhaps Markle could find quite a lot of inspiration from the way that Diana lived her life.

Jephson explained: “Princess Diana of course was a lot younger throughout her royal career than Meghan is now. But what I noticed with her is that she had a very shrewd instinct about what looked good and what didn’t.”

He continued, noting: “She had an extraordinary understanding that for her to be successful as a princess she had to be very disciplined — she had to do her own preparation work, she had to be very professional in how she ran her public life but she also had to understand what people expected and she knew that most of what royal people do is visual.”

He also suggested that Markle consider the Queen’s history as well, noting: “I would say she needs to look at two legacies — the legacy of the Queen and I think she should study, really study her mother-in-law’s life, her work, how she worked, how she chose her causes, why they worked, why things that she did resonate with ordinary British people.”

Markle faces one other obstacle with the public — she’s not British. Jephson explained: “Meghan isn’t and never has been an ordinary British person so part of her challenge is to work out what it feels like, what it is to be an ordinary British person, not to be one but to understand how best to use her extraordinary influence and high profile.”

Would Princess Diana have been ‘appalled’ by Markle’s behavior?

Most royal fans believe that Princess Diana would have warmly accepted Markle into the family, but one critic believes that Prince Harry’s late mother might have been “appalled” by the Sussexes’ behavior.

Writer Lady Colin Campbell called the couple’s behavior “graceless” and believes that Princess Diana wouldn’t be a fan. She told Woman magazine: “Diana would be appalled, she had enough nous to know when to put on a show.”

Campbell added: “She was very aware of how important it was to be gracious, while Meghan — and Harry to an extent — trot out the charm when it suits them, but otherwise are graceless.”

Campbell believes that the couple are “depriving” fans by being “pretentious” and said of Markle: “Her behavior shows a lack of understanding and appreciation of what being royal is. I’m not sure who she thinks she is behaving this way.”