Is the Palace Controlling Meghan Markle's Schedule?
Before becoming a part of the royal family, Meghan Markle was already a successful, independent woman with a career in acting. However, the Suits celebrity has had to make many life changes in order to satisfy her duties as a royal. And in the process, we all know that she’s caused quite the commotion. For the monarchy, traditions mean absolutely everything. They’ve been ruled by the same ones for centuries, and defying these traditions won’t leave just the royals displeased, but the general public as well.
And it seems like the royals have had quite enough. Apparently, after a number of alleged disagreements with the Duchess of Sussex, sources have claimed that the royal family has given Meghan and Harry a “minder” to control - alright, ‘supervise’ - their public relations and scheduling.
A MISTAKE THAT (PROBABLY) RESULTED IN A MOVE
The Sussexes officially announced in early March that they’d be moving their offices from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace. Although it might seem like the couple chooses to do however they please, some sources are assuming that this was a tactical move. More specifically, a mandate from the royal family, in order to keep the Duchess under watch.
And, according to a senior palace insider, the presented speculation rings true. In a report from the Daily Mail, the insider shared that the decision about the move was supposedly made before the Sussexes wedding even took place:
“The decision was made before his wedding when Kensington Palace began issuing daily statements about Meghan Markle’s father.”
The palace mantra goes as such: “When in doubt, never speak out.” Before the wedding happened, Markle was publicly dealing with the scandal between her and her father. Even though the palace expected Meghan to keep quiet, as per their rules, the Duchess decided to release a statement on Thomas Markle, her estranged father.
THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME MEGHAN’S RUFFLED SOME FEATHERS OF THE PALACE
She’s made headlines for it so many times, that we’ve already lost count at this point, to be honest. Meghan always seems to be somehow displeasing the royal family with her actions. However, the royal family isn’t the only ones the Duchess has been clashing with. There have been numerous reports of Markle clashing with the royal staff as well. Royal biographer for Daily Mail, Angela Levin, wrote on the topic:
“Yet Meghan has aroused the suspicion of some Palace insiders because of her apparent disregard for such long-established Royal values as caution and discretion.
The 12 months since she got married have been far from straightforward. She has been unable to prevent long-standing family disagreements becoming headline news and has lost a number of staff, including her press adviser.”
One of the most prominent events that went completely against the palace rules, was Markle’s New York baby shower. Yes, it might not seem like a huge deal to us - especially if you’re from the Western part of the world, where baby showers are organized on what seems like a daily basis. However, according to Levin, the palace didn’t have any idea about what was going on. Apparently, they knew nothing about it from the very start. Levin continued to write,
“Meghan, it seems, has a different take – as became clear when she threw a star-studded £350,000 baby shower in New York, an event which, tellingly, Buckingham Palace knew nothing about.”
SARA LATHAM: THE SUSSEXES NEW COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR - OR SUPERVISOR
Sara Latham was recently assigned as the Sussexes new communications director out of Buckingham Palace. Again, some sources believe this move was done in order to ensure control over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. In fact, Latham will apparently be reporting directly to the Queen’s communications secretary. Obviously, this makes it seem like Sara’s other role is to basically be a supervisor to the new parents.
Express reported that a royal source informed them that household staff, which includes Sara Latham, will “decide what to put in front of the senior royals. “It’s a bit like the civil service. Engagements are scheduled by committee. Diaries are cross-referenced to ensure there isn’t a clash and they decide if an event is suitable.”
Judging from what the royal insiders have been reporting, it seems like Markle’s days of going against the royal norm are slowly coming to an end. The press has portrayed Meghan as someone who’s taken over as the head of the Sussex household and relationship. However, with Sara Latham’s presence, sources believe this means there will be an increased watch over Markle’s behavior, and there will be no choice other than to follow the royal hierarchy. What does this mean? Basically, it includes everyone - and everything - from the Queen down. The source continued to add,
“The intention is to ensure what they do is co-ordinated with the rest of the household so you don’t get an Independent State of Frogmore [the Sussex’s Windsor cottage].
The Royal Family is a very hierarchical organisation. It’s the Queen, Prince Charles, the Cambridges, the Sussexes in that order. As the fourth household you have to respect that chain of command.”
With marriage usually comes sacrifice. And, if you’re marrying a prince, expect the sacrifices and life changes to be that much more dramatic. It’s all worth it in the end for love, though, isn’t it? What do you guys think? Is the palace trying to control the Sussexes too much? Or are they doing the right thing? Comment your opinions below! And make sure to check out our related articles about the royals for the latest updates.