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When Meghan Markle officially became a member of the royal family in May 2018, it was clear that her process of acclimating to royal life was going to be very different from that of other members of the House of Windsor. And while we’ve all seen Meghan and Prince Harry’s independence from the royal family grow over the past few years, Meghan’s confidence and personality goes back long before she took her wedding vows. But a specific decision involving Harry’s father tells us everything we need to know about the Duchess of Sussex. Prince Charles’ offer to walk Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day elicited a confident yet accommodating response from the bride, which really set the tone for her approach to life as a royal.
In the days leading up to her wedding, Meghan found out that her father, Thomas Markle, would not be able to attend the ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Prince Charles stepped in, offering to walk his future daughter-in-law down the aisle. Meghan’s answer was a simple four-word question: “Can we meet halfway?” The answer, told in Robert Hardman’s new book queen of our time (currently available for pre-order) “was an indicator that this was not about a blushing bride, but about a confident, independent woman determined to make a grand entrance on her own,” Hardman said, according to Daily mail.
It’s that same confidence and independence that has been a cornerstone of Meghan’s approach to so many aspects of adjusting to her new life. As we now know, however, this transition has not been easy at all, and the prying eyes and scrutiny of British tabloids has not helped matters either. In March 2021, Meghan reflected on the dark chapter of her life as the newest member of the royal family, revealing to Oprah that she was battling thoughts of suicide.
At the start of 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan made the decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family and instead open their own path to public service. The road that Harry and Meghan travel has been full of twists and turns. But one thing seems certain – we see once again the confidence and independence Meghan demonstrated to the world on her wedding day.
queen of our time by Robert Hardmann
Queen Elizabeth II has been a global icon for 70 years. Since ascending the throne at the age of 25, the long-reigning sovereign has approached her historic role with poise and quiet confidence. But behind the veneer of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth has been the head of a family and a household through good times and bad. The new biography of Robert Hardman, queen of our time, takes longtime royal fans behind the veil with unprecedented access to royal records, friends, staff and more, as the legendary leader and the House of Windsor celebrate her historic reign. It will surely be known as the definitive book on Queen Elizabeth II.
“Queen of Our Time” by Robert Hardman
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