Why the British public has turned on Meghan Markle
Becoming a princess and living a life of royalty alongside your very own Prince Charming is a dream come true, and Meghan Markle is certainly living that dream. But following months of epic PR fails and public scrutiny, the dream is fast turning into a nightmare for the Duchess of Sussex.
The most recent backlash happened as a result of Meghan guest-editing the latest issue of British Vogue. The edition, one of the year’s most anticipated releases, features 15 women labelled “Forces for Change”, including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, actresses Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Salma Hayek, and former supermodel Christy Turlington.
The move is a drastic break from the front covers of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana and has caused some controversy among royal fans. In fact, it emerged that, despite boasting a number of good causes, none of the money made from the sales of the magazine will go to charity, despite the fact that experts have said it’s a deal that could rake in millions for both parties.
Piers Morgan, who knew Meghan personally before she became a royal, told the Daily Mail exactly how he felt about her Vogue venture. “The message is pretty clear: promoting Brand Meghan to America is more important to her than promoting Brand Britain.”
He continued: “Meghan’s famous friends will love her collaborating with Vogue. It’s the magazine they all read, after all. But I can guarantee the British public won’t be so enamoured with it.
“Here’s my advice to Meghan: take a long hard look in the mirror you stuck on your Vogue cover, and ask yourself one question: ‘Do I want to be a royal or a virtue-signalling political activist celebrity?’”
Members of the public took their frustrations to social media. One comment on Twitter read: “A feminist who preaches equality and merit, while taking full advantage of the spotlight she only received via marriage to someone who won the birth lottery. Makes me sick.”
Another comment read: “Can’t stand this patronizing, hypocritical, virtue signalling woman and her innocent act. She went out looking for a rich dimwit and she found him.”
Meghan and Harry also came under fire a few weeks back when it was revealed that they used taxpayers’ money to fund the refurbishment of their new home, Frogmore Cottage. When word got out that Meghan wanted a yoga studio in her new home complete with a spring-loaded floor, taxpayers were rightfully upset. Critics argued that money could be better spent supporting the nation’s education system.
Graham Smith, a republican campaigner, said, “This year’s increases are outrageous at a time of widespread spending cuts. If even one school or hospital is facing cuts we cannot justify spending a penny on the royals… Yet with all public services under intense financial pressure we throw £2.4million at a new house for Harry and Meghan.”
Matter made worse when their neighbours living near Frogmore Cottage were given a detailed list of what they can and cannot do if they run into the couple.
The locals have been told that they shouldn’t approach or start a conversation if they see Harry and Meghan, but should say ‘good morning’ or some other pleasantry if spoken to. They also shouldn’t pet or stroke their dogs, offer to walk their dogs, ask to see baby Archie, or offer to babysit.
One local told The Sun: “It’s extraordinary. We’ve never heard anything like it. Everyone who lives on the estate works for the royals and knows how to behave respectfully.
“We aren’t told how to behave around the Queen like this. She’s very happy for people to greet her.”
Not surprisingly, a royal expert has claimed that the Queen will take Meghan under her wing for a “quiet word” following all the bad press and public backlash.
The Queen, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, is said to be predominantly fond of Meghan, and is keen for her to “avoid any further PR blunders”.
Speaking to The Sun, royal expert Phil Dampier said: “This might be a good opportunity to have, not an assessment of her, but a quiet chat away from the madding crowds as to how she thinks it is going.
“I’m sure there must be things where she perhaps thinks things could be done better, so I’m sure she would give her some advice, especially if she asks for it.”
The monarch’s alleged plans to give Meghan advice come after she has been continuously slammed at every turn, most recently for wearing jeans during her attendance at Wimbledon, where her security banned bystanders from taking pictures at the public and televised event.
The former actress also appeared to take much of the public blame for keeping details around baby Archie’s christening and godparents, private.
It seems living the life of a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Good luck, Meghan
Royal expert brands Meghan “cheap, vulgar and irresponsible”
Lady Colin Campbell has slammed Meghan and accused her of “acting like a celebrity” by guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue.
The 69-year-old socialite, who has published three books about the British Royal Family, told Closer magazine: “She was never an A-lister, so she needs to stop acting like one.”
Lady Colin said: “Royalty do not behave like celebrities do. It’s cheap, vulgar and irresponsible.”
It’s not the first time that Lady Colin has criticised Meghan. Earlier this month she suggested Meghan would have clashed with Prince Harry’s mother Princess Diana.
She told new magazine: “I think Meghan and Diana are sufficiently similar personalities for there to have been the potential for conflict.
“They have very similar personalities, which would make me believe trouble may well have brewed down the line.”
Experts reveal how Meghan can avoid more disasters this year
The Duchess of Sussex, who turned 38 recently, is probably hoping her next year is less eventful than the last. From criticism of her Vogue collaboration, to clashes with palace staff and a rift with her estranged dad, it has not been an easy 12 months for Meghan.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward told The Sun: “My advice to Meghan would be to keep quiet for a while – then when she has something to say people will be far more willing to listen.
“I am certain the Royal Family are concerned that Meghan has used her royal position as an individual platform to highlight her personal views without considering the consequences.”
She added: “It is the duty of her private secretary and members of the household to warn the Duchess she is in danger of upsetting the delicate balance of royal duty.”