Meghan Markle stepped back from the Royal Family with Prince Harry after discovering she was unable to be as outspoken as she had liked, a royal expert says.
The Duchess of Sussex revealed how she felt excited to be able to “focus even more energy on” the causes close to her heart when she married into the Royal Family in May 2018.
But royal author and expert Penny Junor claims that, after a while, Meghan became frustrated at the perceived inability for royals to speak on what they want.
Members of the Royal Family are instructed to keep out of political matters and only offer their support to charities, rather than taking centre-stage themselves.
Ms Junor told Express.co.uk : “I would have thought part of the appeal of marrying Harry might have been having a platform for her activism.
“But I think probably what she found when she arrived inside the Royal Family was that she couldn’t be as active as she wanted to be.
“She couldn’t be as outspoken as she wanted to be.
“The Royal Family doesn’t operate in that way, they don’t use their position in order to make change.
“They use it to highlight issues and support issues but not to actually drive change.
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“They are not as powerful as she might have thought they were.”
Before marrying the duke, Meghan left her post as a global ambassador for the world’s largest international children’s charity, World Vision, from 2016 to 2017.
Meghan told the BBC in their November 2017 engagement interview, that she intended to use her new voice.
She said: “The causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on.
“Because very early out of the gate I think you realise once you have access or a voice that people are willing to listen to, with that comes a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.”
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Her humanitarian work even helped her and Harry bond on their first date in London, Meghan said.
She added: “It was one of the things we first connected on.
“It was one of the first things we started talking about when we met – just the different things that we wanted to do in the world and how passionate we were about seeing change.
“I think that’s what got date two in the books.”
Since leaving behind their duties as members of the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry have wasted no time in entering American political conversations by encouraging citizens to vote.
Asked if royal fans should expect to see more from Meghan on the political front in the years to come, Ms Junor said: “I think it’s perfectly possible.”
The royal biographer added: “She has no restraints anymore. As a member of the Royal Family, you couldn’t possibly do that but they’re not anymore.
“But in terms of her running herself, you’d need a shed load of money.”
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