MEGHAN MARKLE is under constant scrutiny in her new role as the wife of Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex, and now Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, has questioned how she will cope with the pressure of royal life.
Meghan Markle’s, 37, life has comletely transformed within the last year, after she became the Duchess of Sussex following her marriage to Prince Harry, 34, in May 2018. Now pregnant with the couple’s first child, Meghan is adapting well to life as a royal and has already completed a number of solo royal engagements, as well as a two-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga with her husband. But life is set to change even more for the former Suits actress, as she and Harry will soon move home to Frogmore Cottage in preparation for the arrival of their first baby. This, accompanied with the constant rumours she is embroiled in a ‘rift’ with sister-in-law Kate Middleton, 37, means the Duchess will likely have a rollercoaster journey ahead – something one former royal household employee has questioned whether she will cope with.
Meghan has been catapulted into the most traditional family in our country, the Royal Family. How is she going to cope with this? She’s known nothing like this
Meghan has so far remained demure and in control throughout her royal role, showing no signs the recent reports of a ‘feud’ with sister-in-law Kate are true.
But just six months after their fairytale wedding, Meghan was hit with reports she and Catherine are embroiled in a ‘rift’.
A number of royal experts and former staff to the Royal Family have since shared their expert opinion on the rumours, with Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell also weighing in.
During Channel 5’s Kate v Meghan: Princesses at War documentary, Paul questioned how Meghan might cope with the constant scrutiny in future.
He said: “Meghan has been catapulted into the most traditional family in our country, the Royal Family.
“How is she going to cope with this? She’s known nothing like this.”
Paul also compared the former Suits actress to the late Princess Diana, saying the Princess of Wales struggled with life in the Royal Family, despite growing up amongst aristocracy.
“Unlike Princess Diana, who was reared in a house as big as Buckingham Palace on the Althorp estate, she was even lost,” Paul continued.
“When Princess Diana joined Buckingham Palace there were pitfalls, people set traps, people weren’t very kind to this young girl coming into this world.”
The former butler added: “Buckingham Palace is a minefield for any person going in there for the first time. Who would want to be part of that family?”
Paul Burrell also shared some wise words of advice for the Duchess, saying she “needs to stay close to Harry and get to know his granny”.
Lady Colin Campbell has written biographies on Princess Diana and recently Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II.
She said in the documentary: “Meghan will succeed brilliantly as long as she has the modesty and good sense to understand she’s a part of this show.
“If she goes in thinking she can change the system, it’ll be a disaster.”
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have seen their relationship face much scrutiny since the former-Suits actress married Harry.
But an expert has claimed that soon Meghan will have to curtsey to the Duchess of Cambridge, when Prince William takes over his father’s royal role.
Robert Jobson, 54, said: “The Fab Four will be two and two. There is no future for the Fab Four.
Prince William’s future as the King of Britain will change the dynamic between the couples.
Robert said: “When William is King he will be in charge of the Royal Family and eventually Meghan and Harry – that changes the dynamic somewhat.”
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK