Meghan Markle, 37, became the Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry, 33, in May. Born in Los Angeles and a former actress, Meghan was not the usual type expected to marry a prince, but her presence in the Royal Family has been widely accepted.
Most importantly, her presence is believed to have been very welcomed by the Queen, who is reported to now be inspired by her granddaughter-in-law. According to reports, the Queen is actually thinking about modernising the Royal Family and is set on ensuring its survival. Former Buckingham Palace staffer, Coleen Harris, told People magazine the Queen is now more open to change than ever. Talking to the magazine, she said: “The Queen is allowing the Royal family to modernise. “We have come a really long way. They are not stuffy and immovable.” The Queen is said to want her family to be more “open” to change. Coleen also claimed that the Queen and the monarchy have already come a long way, revealing some people working in the palace were actually “quite shocked” when Her Majesty gave Prince William her permission to marry Kate Middleton back in 2010. Despite having some link to aristocracy and being upper-middle class, the Queen reportedly thought of Kate as “an ordinary middle-class girl with no background in royalty or aristocracy.”
Kate even lived a normal life before marrying Prince William in 2011, working two different jobs, including for a high street retailer. The Queen’s decision to allow Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle shows how she is set on modernising the Royals and adapting to modern times, abolishing age-old protocol and unwritten rules. Over 80 years ago the monarchy was in a very different place, when the Queen’s uncle, Edward VIII, was forced to abdicate when he was denied the right to marry his lover, Wallis Simpson. Just like Wallis, Meghan is American and divorced, something that would have been unheard of in the Royal Family until Megan became the Duchess of Sussex. The Queen is said to think of Meghan as a “positive person”, with royal expert and autobiographer Katie Nicholls commenting: “When you look at Meghan on paper she is not necessarily what you might expect of a conventional royal fiancée and that she’s American, she’s a well-known face. “Everything from being a divorcée to being a bit older than Prince Harry, to coming from a dual heritage family, you might wonder if the Queen being of a certain generation and, of course, being the Queen might have been at all concerned.
“But everything I heard from the sources I spoke to was that she really felt from the outset that Meghan was a positive person in Prince Harry’s life.” In 2013 the Royal Family also made a huge step forward when parliament passed the new Succession to the Crown Act. The new act altered the laws of succession to the throne, meaning the eldest child, regardless of gender, would precede their siblings. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in history, and no doubt want to ensure the monarchy’s future is safe. One royal who is known for being particularly modern and forward-thinking is the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie. Getting married in October, Eugenie is enforcing one very modern rule on her wedding day. 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. Actress 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. Relationships 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. Meghan’s heritage 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.