Nei­ther tweed nor tra­di­tion will bind this princess

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - WENDY TUOHY

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.

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