MEGHAN MARKLE’S attitude towards women’s rights caught the Queen’s attention once – so much so that the monarch considered sending her a personal letter, according to insiders.
Meghan made her first significant speech since stepping back from the Royal Family yesterday, and many think she took the opportunity to have a dig at the Firm. She delivered a keynote speech over Zoom to the UN for the ‘Girl Up’ Leadership Summit about female empowerment in which she said that the “status quo is easy to excuse and hard to break”. She also encouraged those listening to “challenge the norms”, with many assuming she had taken a thinly veiled swipe at the “status quo” of the Royal Family which she regularly rebelled against.
Yet, the Duchess of Sussex has been praised by the Queen for her commitment to her charitable causes and attitudes towards female empowerment in the past.
According to Vanity Fair in February last year, the monarch even considered writing Meghan and Prince Harry a personal thank you letter after their three-day tour of Morocco.
The trip was at the request of the Foreign Office and was focused on organisations which helped young women and girls.
Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)
Meghan gave the virtual keynote speech for a UN event, Girl Up, this week (Image: GIRL UP)
Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl noted that it was a “whirlwind trip by any standard” but was made “even more impressive” by the fact Meghan was seven and a half months pregnant.
A Palace aide told Ms Nicholl: “The Queen is amazed by the Duchess’ energy and stamina given that she is so heavily pregnant.
“For the Queen and her generation, you generally hid your bump and put your feet up in this stage of pregnancy, but Meghan hasn’t stopped.”
Ms Nicholl noted that it was difficult to impress the Queen sometimes.
Meghan was seven and a half months pregnant when she went to Morocco with Harry (Image: Getty)
The royal correspondent explained: “The Queen rarely lavishes praise upon her family for carrying out what she sees as their regal duty, however, she occasionally writes letters of thanks.”
The source continued: “There may well be a letter waiting for the Duke and Duchess when they return.
“She respects hard work and loyalty above everything.”
Courtiers reportedly respected that Meghan had “some serious stamina” and that “her work ethic is pretty impressive, she really doesn’t stop”.
Meghan was admired by the Queen for her work ethic during the tour (Image: Getty)
Harry and Meghan were focusing on women’s empowerment during the trip (Image: Getty)
The Queen was keen to make an effort with Meghan from her early days within the Royal Family, allegedly recognising the difficulty when new members join the Firm as she sought to avoid the difficulties Princess Diana faced.
The monarch invited Meghan to spend Christmas with the other royals in Sandringham in 2017, breaking tradition which dictates you must be an official royal for that holiday.
She also brought Meghan along on her personal train to Cheshire, usually an honour just for senior titles, only a month after her wedding in 2018.
Even during the difficult Megxit negotiations earlier this year, the Queen singled out her granddaughter-in-law in one of her rare royal statements.
The Queen and Meghan appeared to bond during their trip to Cheshire in 2018 (Image: Getty)
She said that she was “particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family”.
With this in mind, it is possible that the Queen supported Meghan’s speech against the “status quo” earlier this week.
Indeed, the Duchess of Sussex’s speech condemning racism and supporting Black Lives Matter would have had the Queen’s official backing had Meghan still been a working royal, according to royal biographer Penny Junor.
Last month, the royal expert explained Meghan would have had the same freedom to speak out as a senior royal, due to the “exceptional times and exceptional circumstances”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK