It is just over six months since Meghan Markle joined the British royal family. At the moment the American "I" said to Prince Harry, her contract with "The Firm" began, as it is affectionately known in the United Kingdom.
And the 37-year-old former "Suits" actress has carried the American flag high while pushing her unique personality at the institute of the monarchy.
She has overthrown old traditions with her multicultural wedding, liberal tendencies, a rebellious sense of fashion – she wore a skirt over the knee to the theater in August, something that sister-in-law Kate Middleton would never do. Meghan even stood in the center of a June loft when Irish politician Catherine Noone tweeted that the Duchess had told her that she was satisfied with the recent referendum result of the country about legalized abortion. (It is seen as cast for royals to be politics.)
Of course, much of it is just the former starlet who behaves like a normal person – and emphasizes how ridiculous and old-fashioned royal protocol can be. In September, the duchess took the news and was hailed as a feminist simply because she closed her own car door after she left the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Such an insignificant task is usually reserved for a flunky.
But the winds change in the cramped Windsor old house thanks to the Californian beauty of mixed race. Watch the easy-going, airy portraits that marked Prince Charles's 70th birthday, complete with a lot of laughter and Charles hugging his grandchildren (something we never saw him do with his own boys). Meghan lets everyone know that it's good to get a little loose.
Even the way Prince Harry and Meghan deal in public – the constantly touching and admiring glances – seems to have influenced the other members of the royal family. Take Prince William and Kate, who have always acted in a very rigid, formal way that feels more like the Victorian era than the Instagram era.
In a rare exhibition of tenderness during the wedding of William's nephew Princess Eugenie with Jack Brooksbank in October, the parents of three were seen holding each other's hands. At one point Kate placed her palm on William's thigh, a movement that is miles away from her usual habit of keeping a few centimeters between her and her husband.
The English journalist Phil Dampier told The Post that the Duchess of Sussex is really stirring things up. The go-getter, who has a previous marriage behind him, has not grown up in awe of the royal family, the way the respectful Kate was brought up.
"Meghan is on the run," said the author of "Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in Their Own Words." He further explained that her American openness and experience as an actress helped to smooth her way.
"Princess Diana and Kate Middleton were very nervous when they first started in the royal family, but Meghan is already an accomplished public speaker," Dampier said. "She also helps Harry with his speeches … he does it more and more without them [the need for] notes.
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Although she was slightly criticized for her uncomfortable fashion choices shortly after the wedding, she quickly sharpened her style, preferring to shake off shaping designs and headgear. The newlyweds triumphed on their recent tour through Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, where they enchanted fans with their outgoing way and with princess Diana-like ease with ordinary people. While Kate tends to keep a safe distance between herself and the topics of Queen Elizabeth, Meghan has no problems embracing people about the barriers of the crowd.
Of course some Windsor viewers will always find something to complain about. When the Duchess of Sussex announced her pregnancy five months after the marriage, there were murmurs that the 37-year-old is a & # 39; geriatric mother & # 39; would be.
Eyebrows were also generated earlier this month by the sudden departure of a personal assistant for the staff of Harry and Meghan. It followed the resignation of communications secretary Katrina McKeever of Kensington Palace in September and the former right-hand man of Harry, Edward Lane Fox, who is believed to leave his post earlier than expected.
Dampier believes that the exit of the last assistant is a red herring: staff turnover at Buckingham Palace is notoriously high because of the low salaries. But Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of the magazine Majesty, is not so sure.
"There are a lot of rumors that Meghan is a diva and that the staff leave because of that", she told The Post. "They say she is upsetting Kate and William too. She is not the most popular girl in the neighborhood. & # 39;
It was just announced that Meghan and Harry will move from their excavations in Kensington Palace (where William and Kate also live) to Windsor, outside London, in the new year.
Dampier, former royal correspondent for The Sun newspaper of Great Britain, believes that there may be some competitive feelings from Kate who were on maternity leave when Meghan first appeared on the scene.
"There is no hard evidence for that, but I'm sure there will be a little jealousy," he said. (To be honest, Kate probably has more pressure to be perfect, since one day she will probably be the Queen of England.)
While the American-born Meghan favorite in the middle and lower middle class of Britain, some members of the elite still have to be won.
"The establishment is somewhat skeptical about its jetting in all sorts of disadvantaged places and holding the hands of the unfortunate," said Seward, author of "My Husband and I," about the 70-year marriage of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. . "I think they think she's too much of an actress."
Yet the Duchess of Sussex has a full calendar and is a hard worker. She would get up at five and send six or seven texts a day to work with ideas and requests.
Seward added: "[Working hard] is a very admirable trait as far as the British population is concerned. "