Meghan Markle's Age Let Her Stand Up to the Royal Family in Ways Young Princess Diana Couldn't

Meghan Markle has drawn comparisons to Princess Diana ever since she first began dating Prince Harry, at first simply for the revolutionary effect it was assumed she would have on the monarchy and later for her tendency to mirror the late Diana’s warmth, personable touch, and, ultimately, deep distress at the hands of the paparazzi that besieged her. But Princess Diana’s voice coach and friend Stewart Pearce reminds us that Meghan and Diana were actually in two very different situations when they joined the royal family — and given the way that Meghan’s situation differed, he isn’t at all surprised that she was able to push back on the royal family with more confidence, ultimately staging her exit in January 2020 with Harry by her side.

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