One of the most engaging things about Meghan Markle is her close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. No matter how you feel about these ladies, it’s hard to look at pictures of the two without cracking a smile. A commentator, Queen Elizabeth, does not want Meghan to feel alienated like Princess Diana, and that is why she has put so much effort into reaching the Duchess. We would like to think that they really enjoy each other’s company – but it is very sweet to think that the queen remembers the need of Diana and works actively to ensure that Meghan does not suffer in the same way. Who says the royal family doesn’t stay together?!
According to royal commentator Duncan Larcombe, the queen has had much more contact with Meghan than she usually does with those who marry in the royal family – and he suspects that her memory of the alienation of Princess Diana is the reason. “The queen in the first few months of Meghan’s accession to the royal family last year made a special and somewhat unusual attempt to welcome her,” says Larcombe. “Possibly because Meghan appeared a lot on stage in a way that Kate was clearly not […] also possible because of the lessons from the past in which Princess Diana felt almost an outsider in the royal family.”
Princess Diana formally married Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles in 1981, and the couple formally apart in 1996. Like Meghan, Diana was the subject of much media speculation as soon as she joined the royal family, and was plagued by paparazzi until the time of her death. This was undoubtedly exacerbated by the feeling that she had no one to turn to the royal family – her former secretary, Patrick Jepsen, told Yahoo’s Royal Box earlier this year that Diana ‘felt she was an outsider, that she was excluded . “
Meghan’s arrival in the royal family is more like that of Diana than that of Kate Middleton, Larcombe notes. In the case of Kate: “Everyone got to know Kate and the family long before they were engaged.” Meghan, on the other hand, was more of a mystery. “Meghan seems to have forged a very close relationship with the queen,” Larcombe concludes, noting that Meghan was invited to ride the queen on the royal train, whereas Kate was not. Maybe the queen sees something from Diana in Meghan – or for God’s sake, maybe Meghan even reminds her of herself. We love that the queen takes care of her and we support this friendship for whatever reason.