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Has Meghan Markle found favor with the royal family?


The past few months have been busy for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Following the official period of mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her Archetypes podcast continues to top streaming charts around the world. It generates conversations and columns around the topics she chose to unpack and the guests she sat with, including Constance Wu, Issa Rae and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Then there were magazine covers and interviews with New York magazineis the cup and Varietyin which she spoke of the Queen’s grief and her life with her two children, three dogs and of course Prince Harry.

It’s fair to say that Meghan is like Marmite when it comes to public opinion – people either love her or hate her. On the one hand, her podcast is drawing large numbers, with the first episode featuring Serena Williams topping the charts in the UK, US, Canada and English-speaking countries. On the other, its detractors, like author Angela Levin, who wrote Camilla: Duchess of Cornwallsay she takes advantage of her membership in the royal family and is outraged by many things she says, for example, referring to Prince Harry as her husband – even though he is.

But it’s not the public she really needs to curry favor with – it’s the royal family. Famous for keeping calm and carrying on, they haven’t officially commented on any of the podcasts or interviews. But privately, according to Tom Bower, author of Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors they are said to be “extremely nervous” about what Meghan (and Harry) have already said – and what is to come.

2023 was supposed to be the year of reconciliation for Meghan, Harry and the royal family. According to an article in a British newspaper, the plan was that after Duke and Duchess collab on Netflix and Harry’s Book, they would go on a charm offensive, starting with The Queen, and then reconcile with the rest of the family. family. But unfortunately, the queen’s death sabotaged their plans. Reconciliation may still happen after the book or documentary comes out, but it sure isn’t how Meghan and Harry wanted their 2023 to turn out.

Instead, they were abruptly thrust back into the royal family spotlight when they attended the Queen’s funeral, generating a whole heap of headlines as well. They had been to the UK, attended a series of charity events and were due to return home when the Queen died, meaning they spent more time in the UK than they did made since moving to the United States in 2020.

From the outside, looking inside, we saw a grieving family, brought together by grief. But it seems that the divisions are still clear and present. We saw the former ‘Fab Four’, the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan conclude an awkward truce and take a walk in Windsor, where they united before to greet well-wishers and accept floral tributes. But the body language between the two couples was clear: there is no love lost here.

From left, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greet members of the public at Windsor Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, in Windsor , in England, Saturday, September 10, 2022. (Kirsty O’Connor/Pool Photo via AP)

From left, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greet members of the public at Windsor Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, in Windsor , in England, Saturday, September 10, 2022. (Kirsty O’Connor/Pool Photo via AP)

There were later reports that Meghan and Harry were ‘not invited’ to a pre-burial reception for the Queen held at Buckingham Palace, the reason being that it was only for senior royals who were working – although this raises the question of why an invitation was extended to them. in the first place since they do not work in the royal family.

‘MUCH LOVED MEMBER’ OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex returning to their California home without a ‘peace deal’, it seems nothing has changed. Meghan and Harry continue to live their lives and work on projects with Netflix and Spotify. Meghan, in particular, remains a controversial figure who continues to make waves with the things she says and the content she creates. But she also remains, in the late Queen’s words, “a much-loved member” of the Royal Family.

Let’s not forget that in his first speech, King Charles III wished to express his “love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad”. Meghan may be a controversial figure in the family, which means she’s not in their favour. But has she ever been and, more importantly, does she want to be?

Meghan has always done her own thing, worked with the charities she wanted, pursued her activism and now creates content she truly believes in.

In fact, in an episode of her Archetypes podcast, she talked about activism, specifically why women standing up for the issues that matter to them draw so much criticism from the public. At the end of the episode, Meghan shares advice she received days before her wedding in May 2018 from “a very, very influential and inspirational woman, who for her own privacy I will not share with anyone. it was you.”

She went on to say, “She said to me, I know your life is changing, but please don’t give up on your activism. Don’t give up because it means so much to women and girls. Meghan went on to say, “And I continued to do the work for women and girls because it matters, yes. But also because she encouraged me to do so. Meghan has always forged her own path, and she doesn’t care if she ruffles any feathers along the way.

I think what King Charles III said in his first speech was significant. He expressed his “love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”.

It was as if he almost wanted to draw a line under what naysayers had proclaimed that Harry, but more so Meghan, was no longer a welcome member of the royal family. King Charles III took time out in his very emotional first speech as monarch to make sure Meghan and Harry were singled out and supported. He was saying whether or not they are in the good books of the royal family, whether they are in favor or not, they are part of the family. However, right now it’s fair to say they’re not on the best of terms. The Palace remains prepared for the fallout from new versions of the Sussexes and what they could mean for the Royal Family, and in particular the King and Queen.

Once Harry’s book, Spare, is released and the dust has settled, there could be room for this year of reconciliation. It all depends on the truths that are told in these plays and the spin-offs that flow from them. But the main thing is this; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is her own wife and one who does nothing to be loved or find favor with anyone – including the Royal Family. It doesn’t look like that will change any time soon.

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