Many people have opinions on Meghan Markle’s clothes, nationality, skin, relationship history, and career. Her intelligence and grace in the face of the media scrutiny prove that she is above all, royal material.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Markle embodies many characteristics that scare us British. She’s forthcoming, confident and has a social ease that is at odds with the stereotypical British stiff upper lip. Not since Wallis Simpson has a royal choice of bride be so talked about, and it has never been more important to shake up perceived social ‘norms’.
Markle is not new to the limelight, spending 7 years playing character Rachel Zane in U.S drama ‘Suits’ among other roles, but it is her lifelong commitment to speaking out and fighting injustices that this Californian truly stand out.
At 11, Markle wrote to Hillary Clinton, journalist Linda Ellerbee and women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred about a TV ad that she perceived to be sexist. She received replies from all three women and the company responsible changed the wording of the commercial.
As a royal, Markle will not be able to express public views on political figures and parties, however, comments made previously such as referring to Donald Trump as ‘misogynistic’ and ‘divisive’, make it clear that in future times of political controversy, she will err heavily on the side of social justice.
A global ambassador for World Vision Canada, Markle is also an advocate for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She is a supporter of the Myna Mahila Foundation, an initiative set up by young Indian Feminist Suhani Jalota, which provides women’s healthcare and hygiene products to women in India.
Exercise is another passion, and the Californian firmly believes that ‘most things can be cured by yoga, the beach, or a few avocados’.
Since the engagement of Meghan to Prince Harry, which happened while the pair were ‘trying to roast a chicken’ in November 2017, Meghan has become a strong source of fashion inspiration to many.
The ‘Meghan Effect’ refers her ability to shift stock for which retailers are undoubtedly grateful. One such occasion was a trip to Edinburgh when Meghan was spotted wearing a bottle green Strathberry East/West cross-body bag which sold out a less than a day later.
Speaking to London-based global luxury retailer MatchesFashion.com, she said; ‘Wear what makes you comfortable, and isn’t going to make you cringe in 3 years when you see the photo. I’m not very trend driven. I’ll pepper it in here and there, but invest in classic pieces and you’ll never regret it.’
As for the ring, it is a fitting sentimental nod to Harry’s sometimes difficult past, and his hopeful future. Designed personally by Prince Harry and custom made by court jewellers Cleave and Company, it features two small diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection, as well as a larger middle stone from Botswana, a country very close to the Prince’s heart.
He visited for the first time shortly after his mother’s death and now refers to it as his ‘second home’. The two diamonds from Diana’s collection, Harry explains are to ‘make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together.’
Meghan will join the work with the Royal Foundation, set up in 2009 by Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry as a collective way of pursuing their charitable interests. Back in November, the pair travelled to Nottingham to visit representatives of charities who support local communities with issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.
Meghan has expressed a desire to focus much of her charity work on empowering women throughout the world, saying ‘They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen’, while Harry has said he would like to turn his attention to sustainable tourism.
The mounting air of excitement about this royal wedding is infectious, roll on May 19th, we’ll have the Pimm’s ready.