THE HELPER QUEEN

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The monarch is keen to avoid the mis­takes made when Princess Diana was alive. Ac­cused of putting un­due pres­sure on Diana and freez­ing her out, the queen seemed to go out of her way to make the tran­si­tion into the royal fam­ily smooth for her grand­daugh­ters-in-law Kate and Meghan. Coach­ing Kate

Her Majesty fre­quently sin­gled her out to ac­com­pany her at var­i­ous en­gage­ments soon af­ter Kate and Wil­liam’s wed­ding. “She made huge ef­forts with Kate and man­aged her process as a duchess with care.”

One early ap­pear­ance at a univer­sity in Le­ices­ter was “like a the­atre pro­duc­tion where a very ex­pe­ri­enced di­rec­tor didn’t want the new ac­tress to fluff her lines”, says Pro­fes­sor Dominic Shel­lard, vice-chan­cel­lor of the var­sity. “The queen wanted it to be a seam­less pro­duc­tion.” Mind­ing Meghan

The monarch ap­peared to bend over back­wards to wel­come Meghan into the fold af­ter she mar­ried Harry – some­thing that en­deared her to a world en­tranced with the Hol­ly­wood star­let.

The queen seems de­ter­mined to help Meghan adapt. She needs “more help to ad­just to life in­side the royal fam­ily than the al­ready poised Kate Mid­dle­ton did”, Daily Mail colum­nist Richard Kay writes. “Un­like Kate, she doesn’t have a fam­ily to fall back on here.”

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