It’s what Harry wants and it’s what he needs: KATIE NICHOLL is convinced the Prince and Meghan are a perfect match
I believe Meghan Markle could be the anchor Harry needs, writes Kate Nicholl
Both have the potential to infuse the Royal brand with something very alluring
Unlike Harry’s exes, she knows how to court limelight and when to step out
By any token, this is a watershed year for the Royal Family.
Prince Philip has announced his retirement from official duties; the Queen has slowly been passing more responsibilities to her eldest son; Prince William is stepping aside from his job as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot to base himself at Kensington Palace and take on more public duties; and both he and Harry have been commemorating the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death with a series of deeply personal interviews.
There is a sense of the wheels of history turning. The future of the Monarchy is increasingly being entrusted to the younger generation – one whose undoubted popularity can help it not only survive but thrive in a more emotional, more egalitarian age in which respect is not a birthright but hard-earned.
There is, however, still a vacancy that needs to be filled. Whether Harry’s on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour or reaching out to disadvantaged youngsters and wounded ex-servicemen, he needs a partner to share the burdens of his public life.
He has spoken of his loneliness as a singleton and the complexities of finding ‘someone who’s willing to take on the job’.
Moreover, he still has a wild streak that, let loose, has the potential to pose risks.
Having spent months researching the real Harry for a forthcoming biography, talking to his closest friends and confidants, I firmly believe Meghan Markle could be that anchor.
Why? Well, for a start her work ethic cannot be in doubt. It is paramount to her success in both the fickle world of showbusiness and the humanitarian sector.
Both have the potential to infuse the Royal brand with something very alluring. She knows, too, how to use her looks to her advantage.
She loves the camera and it loves her back. She has played so many roles in her career that she is more than capable of playing a pretty princess.
As a campaigner for children in poverty and women’s rights, she is also well used to handling politicians and diplomats. But perhaps most significantly, she is unfazed by fame, or indeed, royalty.
Unlike Harry’s exes, she knows how to court the limelight and, crucially, when to step out of it.
Despite having her private life pored over by the press, she has maintained a dignified silence. She knows, as Harry has learned, that the spotlight can be empowering.
Side by side, Harry and Meghan, I believe, would make a valuable contribution to the Royal Family.
As the country’s second Royal couple, they could be far more spontaneous and less self-conscious than the Cambridges.
A Harry and Meghan marriage, all heart over head, would be the perfect foil for William and Kate.
But of course it’s not just about his working life.
Meghan must also make Harry happy at home. So, what do they share? Well, for two people from very different backgrounds, the answer is a lot.
They both know the sadness of coming from a broken home, and Meghan’s love of nesting suggests she would one day help Harry fulfil his dream of owning a black labrador and a house in the country.
Like Harry, she loves flying and wants to get her pilot’s licence. They are inspired by travel, nowhere more so than Africa, which holds a special place in Harry’s heart.
One of Meghan’s favourite mantras is ‘throw kindness around like confetti’, and Harry, who has recently described the anguish he suffered growing up without his mother, could certainly benefit from that.
The ferocity of the unprecedented statement he made last year demanding privacy and restraint in relation to Meghan suggests he does love her dearly, and she in turn seems prepared to make sacrifices for him that her predecessors were not.
There had been fretting by courtiers that Meghan is older by three years, American, and a divorcee.
But the overwhelming evidence is that these are the things that most endear her to a British public that longs for Harry to follow the advice of his late mother to marry for love.
It is what Harry wants. And it is what Harry needs.
Little signs of a big romance
Although the couple have never spoken about their relationship, they often seem to send each other coded messages that have been seized upon by Royal watchers.
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