Page Six: Meghan Markle 'Was Upsetting People' When She Joined the Firm, Expert Claims
When Meghan Markle joined the royal family in 2018, her arrival did not seem to have been taken well by most members of the royal family. Here's why.
Prince Harry's romance with his wife, Meghan Markle, has always been a subject of interest to the public. Their 2018 royal wedding attracted massive coverage and became a trend on social media.
Shortly after their royal wedding, the couple found themselves on the receiving end of criticism from both members of the royal family and followers. Here's why she was upsetting people.
NOT A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
According to a royal expert, Penny Junor, Markle, 39, failed to make a good first impression when she joined the conservative royal family in 2018.
According to Junor, the former "Suits" star ruffled some feathers with her lifestyle. Markle, a known celebrity, was said to have upset people in 'The Firm' with her show biz approach to life in the royal family.
The royal expert explained that members of the royal family are not celebrities but public servants, but Markle seemed to have brought the aura of her past life to the institution, which did not sit well with people in the family.
Junor criticized Markle's decision to detail her sufferings during the infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey. According to the royal expert, Markle's revelations are private and should have been handled as such.
Another royal expert, Robert Lacey, author of "Battle of Brothers," blasted Markle for having ulterior motives before joining the royal family.
WHAT IS 'THE FIRM?'
During the March interview with Oprah, Markle referred to members of the royal family as 'The Firm,' leading to questions on what she meant by calling the royal family 'The Firm.'
According to reports, 'The Firm' is an unofficial nickname for the royal family that dates back to the days of King George VI. 'The Firm' is an informal title used to recognize the royal institution and everything associated with it.
The name is said to have come from King George's statement where he said that he and the rest of the royals were not a family, but instead, he called them a firm. The nickname has stuck since then.
'The Firm' consists of senior members of the royal family such as the Queen, her children, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.
Other offices that manage affairs of the royal family are also part of 'The Firm,' such as the Private Secretary's Office, the Privy Purse, and the Treasurer's Office. The royal workforce consists of hundreds of workers.
THE BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW
Members of the royal family were shocked to hear the details of the interview between Harry and Markle and Oprah. The couple made a series of brow-raising claims that ultimately put the royal family in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Markle accused the family of neglecting her demand for care as she battled mental health-related challenges. She recalled that she was beginning to contemplate suicide but still did not get help from the family.
Chief of all her claims was the revelation that some members of the royal family raised concerns over Archie's skin color since Markle was of African descent. The claims led to a social media outrage against the royal family.
Media mogul Oprah noted that she was shocked about how detailed Harry and Markle chose to go in their stories about the royal family. The couple came under strong criticism from followers of the crown, who accused them of disloyalty and selfishness.
A STRONG BOND
The couple stood by their decision to step down from their roles as senior members of the royal family and relocate their base to the United States in pursuit of independence and privacy.
Despite the fractured relationships they share with their families, the couple is thrilled with the life they have created for themselves and the many opportunities they have secured.