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

Society - - PRIVILEGED INFORMATION - | By ANAGHA KHARE|

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.

DIANA REINCARNATED?

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.

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

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