Prince Charles: Expert discusses Meghan Markle ‘snub’
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While Megxit happened over a year ago, Meghan and Prince Harry remain firmly under the spotlight. This week, the Duchess of Sussex made her first appearance in a pre-recorded piece for coverage of the Vax Live concert since her Oprah Winfrey interview. Experts have claimed that Meghan, during the video, attempted to channel the “style of the Queen”.
She and Harry officially left their roles as working members of the Royal Family in February, shortly before they gave their tell-all Oprah talk, in which they aimed several allegations against members of The Firm.
Even before Megxit, things for Meghan and Harry in Britain and with the royals were difficult.
Her journey from commoner to royalty ran in stark contrast to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s transition.
While it is true Kate and Prince William had been dating on and off for ten years before they married in 2011 compared to Meghan and Harry’s two years, the whirlwind of marrying into the Royal Family is largely similar.
According to royal authors, Kate proved herself to the family, even managing to forge close bonds with several of the most senior members before her wedding.
Author Christopher Andersen said one of the key moments Kate proved herself was during a visit to Balmoral, revealing how it was here that she first met Prince Charles, William’s father.
One of Charles’ senior aides told the author: “She impressed the Prince of Wales immediately with her unassuming grace.
“She is clearly a country girl, which is a huge advantage when trying to impress the Royal Family.”
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The pair have remained close ever since.
It is not believed that Meghan and Charles nor any other member of the Royal Family have stayed close.
Kate is thought to have passed the “Balmoral Test” for those entering The Firm from the outside, having made her first visit in 2009, two years before her royal wedding.
Writing in his book, ‘William and Kate: A Royal Love Story’, Mr Andersen said: “It was one thing to be asked to accompany Wills on club-hopping excursions in London and Edinburgh.
“It was quite another to be invited to Balmoral, which William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria called ‘this dear Paradise’.
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“By all accounts, Kate was the first girl Wills ever brought to Balmoral – in large part because, said a royal insider, ‘he must have known how much she would love it.'”
More importantly, he added: “As Kate stood on the riverbank angling for salmon, trout and pike, it quickly became clear to one member of the Balmoral staff that she seemed ‘perfectly at home here’.”
Things were different when Meghan was invited to Balmoral.
In 2018, when the Royal Family travelled to the residence over the August bank holiday, she and Harry skipped the chance to take part in the traditional grouse hunt.
A year later, Meghan and Harry again snubbed an invitation to Balmoral, reasoning that Archie, who was four months old, was too young to go.
At the time, a source told The Sun: “Harry and Meghan had no plans to go to Balmoral this summer as they felt Archie was too young.
“It’s a bit odd, as his age didn’t stop them taking him to Ibiza for a week and then to see Elton John in France.
“If they want privacy or protection — which was Harry’s excuse for taking private jets — there is no more protected or private holiday destination than the Queen’s Scottish home.
“It’s all very hunting, shooting, fishing up at Balmoral, so maybe that put Meghan off.
“She has never been to Balmoral and the Queen was disappointed they’re not going.”
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