Why Does the Media Treat Meghan Markle Differently Than Kate Middleton?
Since 2003, when Prince William First announced that he was dating Kate Middleton, all eyes were on the now Duchess of Cambridge. At one point, poor Kate had felt as if she couldn’t do justice. Almost everywhere you looked, there was a magazine or other publication that looked at her for everything she did. Once Kate and William were married, many people thought that media attention would suddenly decrease. However, the opposite happened exactly. The media now seem more intrusive than ever now that she is married to the prince and has three children of her own.
When Prince Harry announced he was dating an American actress in 2016, Kate might have made a brief sigh of relief, hoping the media would pay more attention to Meghan Markle than to her. And although the media is apparently obsessed with learning every aspect of Markle’s life, they still have an established interest in Kate.
The media seems to be in love with both duchesses. But is one of them treated differently than the other by the media? This is what we know about how Markle and Middleton are viewed by the public.
The media views Meghan Markle as a unique woman
When Kate became engaged to William, it was big news at the time because Kate was considered a “citizen.” Although it was not customary for the royal to marry ordinary people, William was one of the first royals in the direct line of the throne to marry someone who was not a member of the aristocracy or nobility. Because Kate was the only citizen in this century to marry so close to the throne, people were understandably curious about how Kate could adapt to royal life.
When Harry married Meghan, people were more than just a little curious about the American actress – they were blown away. Harry not only married an “ordinary man,” he married an American; someone who knew very little about how a monarchy even worked. People around the world became obsessed with learning more about how a divorced American woman was able to harass her own real Prince Charming.
The media also wanted to respond to the unique situation. Although not the first American woman to marry into a royal family, and even the first American actress to be a royal award-winning actress, Grace Kelly, married a Moroccan prince in 1956 – the media had portrayed her as somewhat of a revolutionary person. Instead of being praised, they seemed to instead try to dig around until they could discover all the possible mistakes and even spread rumors about her relationships with other members of the royal family.
Meghan Markle’s family only adds fuel to the fire
Although the media seems to be more worried about digging up dirt on Meghan than Kate, there may be a good reason for that: Meghan is an easier target. When it comes to finding out something negative about the Duchess of Sussex, the media does not have to work too hard. Meghan’s father and half-sister are always more than happy to give them what they want. They use every opportunity they can to make Meghan look like she doesn’t care about her family at home.
Last Christmas, Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, sent a Christmas card to Meghan who begged her to see her father at Christmas. She had insinuated on the menu that their father would probably not live much longer and he would very much like to spend his last few Christmas days with Meghan.
How do we know what the card said? Well, she didn’t really send it to Meghan. Instead, she sent a copy of it to The Mirror, who was happy to publish it.
Her sister also indicated on Twitter that Meghan did not see her father on his birthday. Although Meghan’s absence at her father’s birthday party was no surprise to her family. Especially when you consider that her own father has sold countless defamatory stories about Meghan and has even published a five-page letter that Meghan had written to him and asking him to stop going to the media.
Why does the media treat Meghan Markle differently than Kate Middleton?
Sometimes the media paints Meghan in a good light and sometimes they show the negative aspects of her life. They have done the same things to Kate; however, the media seems to be more insane when it comes to Markle. The fact that she is an American woman who lives like a royal woman and the fact that her family throws her under the bus on every occasion means that the media unfortunately have more control over the life of Markle.
However different the media decides to treat Meghan, you can be sure that her prince, Harry, will stand by her side and protect her as much as possible. Not that she needs his protection – Meghan’s proven to be strong and resilient.