Neither tweed nor tradition will bind this princess
IF sporty Sloane Kate Middleton was “a breath of fresh air”, inching the monarchy closer to modernity, then actor and activist Meghan Markle will turbo charge it.
“Commoner” Kate being embraced was a step into the real world for a “firm” whose crusty rules blew up tragically in William’s parents’ faces.
Kate was not royal, was visibly strong and had a degree.
William’s coquettish mother, Lady Diana Spencer, was embarrassed to be ambushed, blushing, in that famous photograph of the see-through skirt at the preschool.
Kate had her head in that legendary shot of her rocking a transparent, mesh dress over a black bikini at a uni charity parade.
She recycles clothes and insists on doing her own makeup — even at the wedding.
She redefined “princess” when photographed pushing
a supermarket trolley as a newlywed and stamped her independence by taking newborn George straight to her parents’ house, not a palace.
Prince Harry’s wedding brings a gender-equality activist and career girl in to truly blow the Buck House curtains back.
A divorced, proudly mixed-race daughter of divorced parents, with a history, a slightly messy family and a lifestyle blog, Markle is about as far off template as possible.
She has slammed US President Donald Trump, backed his presidential rival Hillary Clinton and is loved on YouTube by girls for having had the guts, at age 11, to corral multinational Procter and Gamble into changing an ad from “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans”, to “people” all over.
When Markle took Harry to the Stemettes’ science education event in Birmingham on International Women’s Day, it signalled she has his backing to keep pursuing her equality cause.
Her Instagram account has gone, but you get the feeling dropping the socials is the only compromise this, dare I say, fierce babe will be required to make.
Like Diana, Markle will channel the clout of royal status into gritty, real-world campaigns. But her worldliness will equip Markle with the toughness she needs.
Go you good thing, Meghan Markle; please, never give in to the tweed.