Royal biographer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Sally Bedell Smith has studied the British royal family for over 20 years and corresponded with those close to “The Firm.” Smith recently told Vanity Fair the former “Suits” star may not have been prepared to give up her successful career for the no-nonsense role of a British royal.
“In entering the royal family, which provides innumerable advantages and perks in exchange for doing official duties and charitable work, you really have to renounce a lot of things that may have meant a lot to you and dedicate yourself to an institution that’s 1,000 years old,” Smith explained.
“It may be that Meghan didn’t see it in those terms,” she continued. “It is the 21st century, and she was highly unusual [compared to other royal wives] in having been a successful professional woman who was putting aside that whole part of her life [to marry Prince Harry],” she continued. “It seems now that she really regrets having had to give that up, and what she was expected to do in the royal family didn’t compare with what she had been accustomed to.”
Smith noted the 38-year-old wouldn’t have been the first member of the royal family to put aside their careers for duty.
“Prince Philip had to give up his career in the navy, and it was a sacrifice for him,” she said. “He could’ve gone right up the line and become an admiral because he had great leadership qualities, but he gave that up. He really had to. He was already married, but he knew he would have to.”
Smith noted that while Markle could easily return to Hollywood, her husband may have a more difficult time carving out his own identity beyond the palace.
“We can envision what Meghan can do,” she said. “They could set up a production company. She’s savvy. She’s worked on a TV series. She’s worked in movies. She knows how it works. She’s smart. She’s experienced. But Harry was trained as a helicopter pilot. That’s his professional training. He didn’t go to college. He could maybe be a motivational speaker. He certainly can speak passionately about the causes that he believes in. But unless he is more than a figurehead, I’m not sure that will be something meaningful.”
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