Dunchess or Diana 2.0? Decoding Brand Megan
Meghan Markle’s reported efforts to emulate Princess Diana is the latest fodder for royal enthusiasts ahead of Meghan and Prince Harry’s most awaited nuptials on May 19. Will Meghan bring back the spirit of Diana? Society brings you the lowdown
She won many a hearts as the ambitious paralegal turned lawyer Rachel Zane in the extremely popular TV series Suits. She had about three million followers when she deleted her Instagram account shortly after her engagement. Her lifestyle blog ‘ The Tig’ had become a source of inspiration to many who woke up to her tips, advice and words of wisdom to live a truly inspired lifestyle. The latest is a movie called Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, based on her whirlwind romance with Prince Harry, and is almost ready for release. A biography, reportedly named Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, charting her rise is already out. An accomplished actress, a sensitive humanitarian and a beautiful human being, this California girl is being touted as quite the sunshine all set to brighten up the life of Prince Harry. No wonder, he’s besotted with his American fiancée. She’s definitely living a fairy tale, but she most certainly did not wait for her Prince to come looking for her. A lot has been
said about her, and her love life has been dissected in great detail. Everything she does turns into news. The very gorgeous Meghan Markle is all set to walk down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19. While she gears up to become the newest royal, we bring to you delicious deets of the nuptials and what brand Meghan could mean post the royal wedding.
Meghan is smart, driven and a role model for many. What’s interesting is that she has always idolised Princess Diana for her fashion sense and humanitarian work. Apparently, her fascination for the Princess and the royal family has been vividly described in her biography by the famous English writer Andrew Morton, who had garnered global attention for his book Diana: Her True Story In Her Own Words in 1992. “Inspired by the Princess, [Meghan] and her friend Suzy collected clothes and toys for less privileged children. In fact, such was her interest in the Princess that Suzy’s mother Sonia even gave her a copy of my biography, Diana: Her True Story…, which remained on her bookshelves for the next few years. As her childhood friend Ninaki Priddy observed: She was always fascinated by the royal family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0,” Morton writes. Whether she plays the role of Diana 2.0 to a tee is something we will have to wait and watch. Meghan was only 11 years old when she saw a sexist advertisement on TV. She wrote letters to Hillary Clinton, Linda Ellerbee, Gloria Allred and the company responsible for the ad, and ensured that the wording in the commercial was changed from ‘ Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’ to ‘People all over America’. This was just the beginning and she continues to stand up for equality with compassion and conviction. But what we do know from all the hype around her is that she’s kind and has shown her philanthropic side time and again. She has worked as a global ambassador for World Vision and had also supported its Clean Water Campaign in Rwanda in 2016. She is also a One Young World Counsellor, which aims to gather young leaders from around the world to bring about a positive change. Meghan is
also an advocate for the United Nations. She believes in gender equality and has always encouraged women to speak up for themselves. Luckily for her, Prince Harry is said to have inherited the soft, caring nature of his mother. His philanthropic work has made him a favourite royal. Through the Invictus Games, a charity event for wounded combat veterans, Harry has revealed that he is undoubtedly the most popular royal and perhaps also the most iconoclastic. Clearly, here’s a match made in heaven. As Prince Harry elaborates in the couple’s engagement interview, “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was that the stars were aligned…this beautiful woman tripped and fell into my life.” The couple may have distinctly different backgrounds, but it’s clear that it’s the humane side that binds them together. They seem to think alike and have an unconventional take on most things. Not surprising then, that they have urged people to make a donation to charities instead of sending them a wedding gift. They have in fact hand-picked the charities that will receive donations instead of gifts for their royal wedding.
WHAT LIES AHEAD?
Meghan had no idea her life was going to change forever when she met Prince Harry. But love happened and the rest, as they say, is history. As she assumes her new role, she will have to let go of a lot of things, the most important being her privacy. She’s no stranger to media glare but attention of such high magnitude is something else. Constant security and a deliberate change in wardrobe and fashion choices will be the most obvious and immediate aftereffects. Even something as common as a ‘selfie’ is a strict no-no. Of course, there will be a whole lot of privileges and indulgences. As royal expert Ingrid Seward puts it, “She will lead a life of immense privilege. But it is regimented, and she will sacrifice her freedom for luxury and her silence. No accepting of free gifts, but every designer in the world will be clamouring to dress her. Great hairdressing! Great cars, private planes, cold houses and cold champagne, no financial worries and the best medical and health care, for starters.” If sources are to be believed, her grooming has already begun and she is learning the manners, curtsies and protocols associated with the English Monarchy. Meghan will also become a patron of the Royal Foundation and continue to support the causes she feels strongly about. “I’m quietly learning so I can maximise the opportunity we have here to really make an impact,” says Meghan. Meghan had made amply clear in her engagement interview that she would be bidding adieu to her acting career. While the news and views refuse to stop about her decision, here’s what the Suits actor had to say, “What’s been really exciting, as we talk about this as the transition out of my career... is that the causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on.” She added, “You realise that as you have access, or a voice that people are willing to listen to, it comes with a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.” She’s pretty excited to learn about different communities and organisations in the UK that are driven by the same causes she’s been passionate about. We are still clueless about the title Meghan will acquire after marrying Prince Harry. Speculations are rife about Meghan’s new title. After all, an actor marrying a royal prince looks like a plot straight out of a Hollywood movie. The transition from commoner to royal will be sealed with a new title after Meghan officially becomes part of the royal family. According to Royal Historian Koenig who wrote on the blog ‘ Royal Musings’, Meghan could most likely become HRH the Duchess of Sussex. The rank of Duke of Sussex has been sitting vacant since 1843 and could well be bestowed upon Prince Harry after the wedding. Whether she will become a Duchess or not, only time will tell. What seems like is that she will use the global platform well to pursue meaningful causes and make a positive difference to the society. Just like Princess Diana.
Prince William with Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle with Prince Harry and Lady Louise Windsor
Prince Harry and Meghan visit Catalyst Inc in Northern Ireland