Meghan and Harry ‘set blueprint for more royal exits’ says expert
The Duchess of Sussex married Prince Harry back in 2018 and the two of them have a son together, Archie. The couple shocked the world when they stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family and moved to California.
According to Royal author Sean Smith, Meghan was “this woman” before she met Prince Harry.
He said: “The things she has believed in and advocate for have remained before, the role of education for women in poorer areas.
“You know, she went to the slums of Mumbai to support women working for a foundation there so that girls wouldn’t have to miss school when they had their periods.
“She was this woman before she met Prince Harry, there were no paparazzi with her in the past and I think it’s worth remembering that she was this woman before she met Harry.”
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He added how Meghan’s “empathy” is now missing from the Firm.
The expert added: “For example, the Meghan hug was fantastic, of course you couldn’t have that now because of Covid, but the empathy she brought to certain situations, for example the school in Dagenham, is just great.
“Sadly, I think that is now missing.”
According to the royal author, Meghan’s upbringing enabled her to bring a “different life experience” to the Royal Family.
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He told the Daily Star: “I don’t want to knock members of the Royal Family, Prince William, Kate and other members too, but Meghan has a different life experience than them.
“Meghan brought something that I think is now missing.”
Mr Smith went on to say how Meghan is the same person now as she was growing up bi-racial in the US.
He continued: “Growing up, she was very much trying to find her own identity as a bi-racial woman in the United States.
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“And also, very important to her growing up were the role of women in society.
“There’s the well-known story of here getting Proctor and Gamble to change women in the kitchen to people in the kitchen.
“If you watch the 12-year-old girl on TV talking articulately about things that matter to her, she was the same then and she is the same now.
“She is not somebody who sways with the wind, she isn’t like that.”
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Mr Smith penned the book Meghan Misunderstood which aims to “set the record straight” about the “world’s most unfairly vilified” woman in the world.
In October, Meghan spoke about her own encounters with online abuse.
She told the Teenage Therapy podcast: “I’m told that in 2019, I was the most-trolled person in the entire world — male or female.
“Eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave with a baby, but what was able to be manufactured and churned out — it’s almost unsurvivable.
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“That’s so big, you can’t even think of what that feels like.
“Because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”
Meghan and Harry are expected to have a review with the monarchy following a year since the couple decided to step down as senior members of the Royal Family.