MEGHAN MARKLE’S modern approach to her royal role may have ruffled feathers among traditionalists but she is “undeniably good news” for the British monarchy, according to one royal commentator.
Meghan Markle, 38, made a name for herself as an actress long before she ever met Prince Harry. The American divorcee is the first mixed-race member of the British Royal Family and a beacon for change. The Duchess of Sussex is unafraid to put her stamp on things and while traditionalists may be wary of her approach she has been hailed by one royal commentator as “undeniably good news.”
The British monarchy is an institution steeped in tradition and its survival is intrinsically linked to keeping some old customs alive.
However, during Queen Elizabeth II’s 67 years on the throne, the monarch has witnessed huge shifts in society and adapted her role accordingly.
A new 60 Minutes documentary about the British Royal Family examines Meghan Markle’s role within the House of Windsor.
Meghan Markle news: Meghan is “good news” for the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)
Meghan has branded herself as a trailblazer intent on using her role and high profile to try and affect positive change.
The Duchess made this desire clear when she guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue.
Instead of appearing on the cover like Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana before her, Meghan put 15 inspirational women of her choice on the front instead.
While the issue had a mixed reception and Meghan’s approach has been criticised as preachy by some, it is clear she and Prince Harry want to affect change by promoting causes close to them.
Princess Diana’s former secretary Patrick Jephson is one of those interviewed in the 60 Minutes documentary.
The Royal Insider suggested Meghan’s marriage to Harry is “undeniably good news and a sign the Royal Family, the monarchy, have moved with the times.”
Meghan Markle news: Meghan is not afraid to put her stamp on things (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle news: The Duchess and Harry have big plans (Image: GETTY)
Speaking on the programme, Mr Jepheson said: “Meghan is different, she’s American, she’s an actress, she’s a divorcee.
“She’s older than Diana was when Diana died, yes she is a breath of fresh air but she is culturally different.
“People in Britain think they have an understanding of what America is, of what it represents – and it isn’t always positive.
“So yes it’s exotic to have an American actress in the Royal Family but mixed-race that’s fantastic – that’s undeniably good news and a sign the Royal Family, the monarchy, have moved with the times.”
Meghan Markle news: Meghan and Harry will travel to Africa with Archie later this month (Image: GETTY)
He continued that coming under scrutiny is a rite of passage for anyone who joins the Royal Family.
Mr Jephson added: “But anybody coming into that family, anybody particularly marrying the very popular Prince Harry is going to have to pass a pretty stringent exam by the media and indeed by the public at large.”
Asked about how Meghan and Princess Diana compare, Mr Jephson suggested Meghan faced an extra cultural obstacle when it comes to winning over the British public.
He said: “Meghan isn’t and never has been an ordinary British person so part of her challenge is to work out what it feels like, what it is to be an ordinary British person, not to be one but to understand how best to use her extraordinary influence and high profile.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK