Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were given very different advice when they joined the royal family, it has been claimed.
According to a Royal expert, the Queen had “grave concerns” about the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage to Prince William and believed she had yet to carve out an identity of her own during their early relationship.
By contrast, it has been claimed Meghan will have been asked to “tone down” her beliefs and “toe the party line.”
Extracts from Katie Nicholl’s 2011 book “The Making of Romance” claim Kate Middleton was dubbed “Waity Kaitey” because she seemed to be waiting for the Prince to propose to her.
Nicholl wrote: “Privately (the Queen) had grave concerns and believed Kate needed to have a job and identity in her own right before an engagement was announced.”
The book claims Kate was advised to take on some charity work, which she later did by joining Starlight, a charity for terminally ill children.
The Duchess also worked alongside her family on their fashion business Party Pieces after a brief stint at fashion house Jigsaw.
“The Queen is one of the hardest-working royals, despite her age,” Nicholl’s book continues. “That a future member of the Royal Family was without a full-time job was unacceptable to her.”
Meghan Markle, on the other hand, had been in gainful employment as an actor and an outspoken activist years before her marriage to Prince Harry.
A former UN women’s advocate, Meghan has spoken out about the empowerment of women and branded Donald Trump “misogynistic” in 2016.
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has said Meghan will have been asked to “tone down” these beliefs.
“What comes with maturity is a set of beliefs and they don’t sit well with the Royal Family,” he told Yahoo UK’s Royal Box. “She has to toe the party line.”
Meghan and the Prince announced their decision to step back as senior royals in January.
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