The Duchess of Sussex “was really invested in everything required” to make her role with the Firm a success, even though she and husband Prince Harry would later move away from the royal limelight. The couple shocked the Royal Family with their decision to stand down from their roles in January, citing the wish to lead a “financially independent” life. That desire has seen them secure a multi-million pound deal with TV platform Netflix, as well as lucrative jobs delivering keynote speeches and making guest appearances.
Prior to her role in the Royal Family, Meghan was highly regarded for her use of social media, which helped catapult the former actress to international acclaim.
But in a move to ensure she fitted in with the tight restrictions of Windsor life, the ex-Suits star had to drop using all forms of public social media – and no longer share her opinions on topics such as politics.
Pundit Victoria Murphy argued that this meant Meghan had to “reinvent herself” if she wanted to turn her Royal Family career into a triumph.
Speaking to ITV‘s Lorraine after she married Harry, Ms Murphy said: “She’s a 36-year-old woman, she has had a long time to have an independent life to forge her own opinions, and she has very much made a career of promoting herself – of putting herself forward.
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Prince Harry delivers a speech with Meghan in South Africa
“She has an Instagram account, and she’s been very open and outspoken about a lot of things. And these are things that are going to have to change.”
Ms Murphy added: “It does feel like a need for a bit of reinvention really, she is really kind of parking what she’s done before and moving herself into her new role.
“And at the moment everything seems to point to her being really invested in everything that’s required to make this role a success.”
That investment didn’t appear to pay off as two years later Meghan and Harry exited the Firm.
Their decision, some experts have argued, could be seen when Harry and Meghan both opened up last year regarding the challenges they had experienced while on tour in South Africa.
Meghan spoke passionately about the mental health struggles that accompanied her position, while Harry discussed the problems he faced with the admission he was on a “different path” to brother Prince William.
During one visit to the organisation Waves for Change near Cape Town, Meghan addressed attendees on mental health and that “everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing”.
She added: “Globally I think there’s a bit of a consciousness crisis, and so the fact we’re able to be here together to see on the ground so much good work that’s being done, just because people are willing to talk to each other about it and someone’s willing to listen is huge.”
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This struggle was set against a backdrop that saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also launch a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, with claims Meghan’s privacy was breached after a letter she sent to her father was published in the Daily Mail.
After their exit, commentators from across the globe waded into the row, which saw allegations aimed towards Harry and Meghan that they had let down the Queen, and the monarchy.
According to Finding Freedom, co-authored by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Meghan grappled with the vile hate that was directed towards in the immediate aftermath.
The book claims Meghan told a friend: “I gave up my entire life for this family. I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad.”
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Mr Scobie then claimed Meghan hugged him after her final royal event, writing the Duchess said: “It didn’t have to be this way.”
The sentiment was echoed by Harry, Finding Freedom argued, who “fundamentally wanted out”.
It added: “Deep down, he was always struggling within that world. She’s opened the door for him on that.”