PRINCESS DIANA would have seen Meghan Markle as “the future of the Royal Family” if she was still alive today, according to a royal expert who knew the princess well.
Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe told the Daily Mail that Diana would have liked that her son, Prince Harry, married Meghan. He said: “Diana would have liked that her son had married an American divorcee, a woman of mixed heritage. “I can see Diana putting two fingers up to the monarchy on the strength of that one, saying, ‘This is fantastic, this is the future of this family, this is the way it has to be’.”
The Duchess of Sussex is the first biracial person to marry a senior member of the Royal Family.
She has also been married before and had a successful acting career of her own before joining The Firm.
Mr Wharfe said: “Meghan is a consummate performer with her theatrical background, which gives her a huge advantage in dealing with the public.
“I remember her first public engagement with Harry in Nottingham, I think it was, and later at a radio station in Brixton and she was so brilliant in dealing with the media and talking to people with sincerity in her voice.
Princess Diana would have approved of Meghan Meghan Markle according to former bodyguard Ken Wharfe (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana (C) and her royal bodyguard Ken Wharfe (R) (Image: GETTY)
“Diana would have liked that.”
Meghan has been hailed as a modernising influence for the Royal Family, knowing how to work with tools like Instagram to get their message out there.
However, she has also been criticised for trying to adapt her role and has been accused of “trying to have it both ways” regarding personal privacy in a public role.
ITV’s Piers Morgan slammed her decision to guest-edit the September issue of Vogue UK, saying: “She constantly bleats about privacy but also wants to edit magazines to promote herself and tell us ho to live our lives.”
The Duchess of Sussex was in the TV show Suits before she met Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)
Mr Wharfe however, is sure that she would have received the support of her mother-in-law.
Unfortunately, of course, Meghan will never have the opportunity to meet the princess of Wales, due to her tragic death in Paris in 1997.
Meghan’s relatively smooth entrance into the Royal Family shows how much times have changed.
In 1936, Edward VIII had to give up his throne in order to marry an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.
Meghan is of mixed heritage – her mother Doria Ragland is African-American and her father is white (Image: GETTY)
Meghan has been compared to Diana since she got together with Harry (Image: GETTY)
More recently, Prince Charles was not allowed to marry Camilla because Diana was seen as a more suitable match – however, he did marry his long-time lover in 2005.
Meghan and Harry married in May 2018, which no questions asked about the legitimacy of the marriage.
Since then, the royal couple have broken the mould in a number of ways, most dramatically splitting from Kensington Palace and setting up their own household in Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.
They have already completed their first overseas royal tour – to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji – and had a baby, Archie Harrison.
Whilst Harry, as seventh-in-line to the throne, is unlikely to ever be King, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a worldwide platform and influence.
There is particular interest in the couple from the US, because Meghan is from California.
Meghan has been compared to Diana in the way she is not afraid to do things differently and hold her own opinions.
Her charity work with the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire has also been likened to Diana’s work with the homeless.
However, other royal experts like Diana’s press secretary Dickie Arbiter and former royal private secretary Patrick Jephson have suggested that the lavish New York baby shower was not something the late princess would have done.
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