Meghan Markle has persevered under intense public scrutiny with the utmost grace, and she is continuing to act appropriately.
It’s unfortunate that the narrative around Meghan Markle is still negative in the British media and on social media years after she left the country and resigned from her royal duties with her husband Prince Harry. Numerous things for Meghan and Harry have changed since they moved to the US, including the fact that they are now parents of two children, son Archie and daughter Lilibet Diana. The couple has concentrated on utilising their voices to draw attention to important causes and to assist individuals in leadership roles in recognising the challenges that are being ignored since leaving their royal responsibilities.
Last year, Meghan Markle sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey and opened up about everything, including the mental health breakdown she experienced while living in the UK. She had previously remained silent for years about reports from unnamed sources that spoke about her interactions with the royal family. Meghan bravely shared her experiences, admitting that she had even considered suicide, and demonstrated to everyone that she need not keep her voice quiet just because she is relocating to a different country in order to have more privacy in her personal life. Markle exemplified why it’s critical for public figures to speak out about personal matters in their own words, particularly in the fast-paced news world of today where every viewpoint is given attention.
Since she wed Prince Harry, Markle has drawn attention for practically every public engagement she has ever made. In Tom Bower’s most recent book, Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the fight between Windsors, the criticism became more personal as the author made some shocking assertions about the Duchess of Sussex. The book seems to delve at Meghan’s life both before and after she became a royal and claims that the Duchess has been a tough person to work with. The book asserts that Meghan’s work ethic was suspect on the set of her well-known show, Suits.
These assertions, however, appear utterly absurd in light of the numerous positive comments Markle’s co-stars have made about her on and off the set. In fact, Markle’s co-star on the television show Suits, Patrick J. Adams, tweeted in her defence, calling her one of the most “enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive members of our television family.” Additionally, Markle’s Suits co-worker Derek Ursacki shared on Instagram his experience of working with Markle, calling her a “humble” person. It’s sad that biographies like Bower’s latest book and others tend to focus on portraying a bad side of things when it comes to painting Markle’s image, despite the fact that there were plenty of others who could have shared their experiences working with Meghan.
Meghan has demonstrated numerous times that the unfavourable perception of her that is being actively cultivated is untrue. The Duchess of Sussex has consistently shown that she is not what she has been portrayed to be, from persevering in the face of false narratives to seeking legal recourse to stop efforts at invasions of privacy. She should be commended for her perseverance in winning a three-year High Court battle against a UK tabloid that published portions of a private letter she wrote to her divorced father. Unfortunately, it’s not these traits of the Duchess that appear worthy of mentioning for many out there to mindlessly criticise her. Her respectful stand towards the monarchy was also evident during her recent visit to the UK for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee festivities.