Meghan returned to her roots and got a taste of Hollywood again when she and Prince Harry stepped onto the red carpet and mixed it with A-listers at the London premiere of The Lion King this week.
It was a very public appearance for the couple, after the hush, hush of Archie’s christening that saw them heavily criticised from fans and royal experts.
Now one royal expert has revealed he thinks the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear to be “ignoring” advice from the palace, which has left them “careering from one [PR] disaster to another”.
“What are their PR people briefing them, and are they completely ignoring it,” the Daily Mirror's Royal Editor Russell Myers asked, while speaking on the podcast Pod Save the Queen.
“My guess is, yes, they are completely ignoring it.”
Harry and Meghan are both ‘headstrong’
Russell said both Harry and Meghan are ‘headstrong’ people and have decided this is the way they want to do things for the sake of their child.
But he added that sources close to the Sussexes confirmed the pair “just don’t take advice”.
British people turned against the couple when it was revealed they spent over four million taxpayer dollars on renovations of their new family home Frogmore house.
But it’s a property that can only be seen from afar and photos of what their money was spent on will likely never be public. And while they did a photo call to introduce the world to their son Archie after he was born, their decision to have a private christening also fuelled backlash.
The only glimpse the public has been given into their lives are a series of stylised and posed photos released after the fact - many in black and white - a trend slammed by many royal commentators. And the occasional royal appearance.
A different royal
Meghan was always going to be an ‘out-of-the ordinary’ addition to the royal family - she’s a Hollywood celebrity and an outspoken activist - so conforming to the strict rules, regulations, and royal traditions was always going to be difficult.
Journalist Andrew Morton defended Meghan for choosing to do things by her own rules, but warned that she may have “gone nuclear” too soon.
“I think she’s taking a leaf out of Diana’s Playbook,” Morton, who first spoke to Princess Diana to share her story in 1991, told News.com.au. “But I think she’s gone nuclear too early.”
Morton said Meghan has surrounded herself with friends who will speak out on her behalf, unlike Prince Harry’s pals, who keep quiet.
“She’s a new player and she’s been quick out the starting box. Megan’s A-list celebrity friends, the court of Meghan, is a very voluble court and they’re very powerful,” he says.
Just think back to the Royal Wedding in May last year. From Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Amal and George Clooney, and her colleagues from Suits. She’s got an A-list squad behind her.
Meghan on the struggles of royal life
Meghan herself appeared to admit this week that royal life was indeed a bit of a struggle.
She was overheard telling singer Pharrell Williams at the Lion King premiere in London that “they don’t make it easy”.
"So happy for your union. Love is amazing. It's wonderful,” Pharrell said to the couple.
"Don't ever take that for granted but what it means in today's climate, I just wanted to tell you it's so significant for so many of us. Seriously. We cheer you guys on."
Meghan looked humbled by Pharrell’s words and replied by saying: "Thank you, they don't make it easy."
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