Why Meghan Markle Should Be Allowed to Speak Out: ‘She Is a Minor Royal’

Meghan Markle has been getting mixed reviews for her work as guest-editor for British Vogue magazine, with some critics saying it’s the wrong move for the duchess. Others, however, believe that Markle should be free to speak out as she wishes and shouldn’t be so heavily scrutinized.

Meghan Markle attends a reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Buckingham Palace
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‘Markle is a minor royal’

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are a part of the royal family, their status isn’t so important that they should be under the microscope quite as much as others. According to playwright Bonnie Greer, the Duke and Duchess should be allowed to “do their own thing.”

Greer told Sky News: “This is 2019. What we need to do is be mindful and let this woman who is very much a creator of herself find her own feet.”

Greer further explained that, since Prince Harry is seventh in line to the throne, that the couple can be a bit more relaxed, noting: “She is a minor royal, she will never ever get the throne.” She added: “Harry never will, their children never will. Let them find their feet and do their own thing. We have senior royals we concentrate on and let her just be who she is.”

Markle under fire for political Vogue issue

With Markle’s guest-edited Vogue issue featuring women such as former First Lady Michelle Obama and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as well as an interview Prince Harry conducted with Dr. Goodall, many believe the duchess is making a political statement.

One critic, commentator Julia Hartley-Brewer, said the couple have “depressing” ideas, adding, “I can’t imagine what it must be like to go through life basically as part of a doomsday cult, thinking the world is in such a terrible position.”

Gideon Rozner, of the Institute of Public Affairs, believes that members of the Royal Family shouldn’t take a political stance, noting: “I don’t think it’s a good idea for any royal to be this active in the climate debate.”

Rozner added: “In a constitutional monarchy, the Royal Family should be apolitical — this is not some universally-accepted position, this is a serious economic issue for Britain. Britain will have to debate serious parliamentary measures that will be a huge hand break on its economy.”

Markle’s Vogue cover attacked

When Markle’s guest-edited Vogue cover was revealed, the duchess came under fire for the women she selected. The Sussex Royal Instagram account posted the big reveal, explaining: “For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective.”

Some people believe that Markle snubbed the Queen, with one Twitter user asking: “Why isn’t HM The Queen included on the cover of September’s Vogue, @RoyalFamily? Her Majesty is the perfect role model: like many of us she had no choice but to do the job she was given. The ultimate in grace & discretion for 70+ years.”