Meghan Markle has taken what many are calling a swipe at the royal family. As royal watchers know, Meghan recently gave the keynote speech for the online Girl Up Leadership Summit. During the speech, which was given from the Beverly Hills mansion where Meghan is currently living with Prince Harry and their one-year-old son Archie, Meghan made some statements that have raised eyebrows.
As you might remember, Meghan made headlines last week when court documents filed by her lawyers in her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers stated that Meghan felt “unprotected” by the palace while she was pregnant with Archie. Apparently, Meghan would have preferred for the palace to have handled the negative press about her differently than they did.
The palace is known for what some call a “don’t complain, never explain” policy that some might describe as the status quo.
And now, in her speech during the Girl Up Leadership Summit, Meghan talked at length about the status quo and how it is important to challenge the way things are typically done.
Meghan said: “The status quo is easy to excuse and hard to break, but it will pull tightest right before snapping,” and she urged the young women attending the summit to question the way things are done.
But some are clapping back to Meghan’s apparent swipe at the royal family, pointing out that there are numerous instances in which the palace had supported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – times when the status quo worked quite well for the couple.
As express.co.uk has pointed out, when Harry and Meghan were dating, Kensington Palace released a pointed statement calling out harassment of Meghan.
In addition, the outlet points out that Meghan was readily welcomed into the family, and that in particular Queen Elizabeth took Meghan on a solo outing with her shortly after her marriage to Prince Harry – something that was a very public way for the Queen to accept Meghan into the royal family and that had not been done with Kate Middleton.
Furthermore, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to leave Kensington Palace, Queen Elizabeth offered them Frogmore Cottage as a new place of residence, as well as millions in taxpayer money so that they could renovate the cottage.
And then there is the fact that Meghan was supported in her decision to take time off from her royal duties during her pregnancy – of course, this would be the time when Meghan claimed to be “unprotected.”
And, of course, the royal family has even supported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior working royals. So, it seems that the “status quo” has actually worked in Meghan’s favor on many instances.
Of course, some might argue that Meghan hasn’t intended to be dissing the royal family in her court documents or in her speech comments about the status quo – but that seems up for debate.
It will be interesting to see how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get along now that they are on their own in Los Angeles. If things were so uncomfortable that they had to leave the royal fold, then one would expect their situation to get better now, and perhaps Meghan’s comments about the royal family to cease over time. We’ll see. Be sure to check back here at CDL for more British royals news and updates.