Meghan Markle has been known to bend royal protocol, but after reports recently surfaced suggesting the Duchess of Sussex was mistreating her staff, Princess Diana’s former royal butler, Paul Burrell, spoke out to set the record straight. During a new interview with Life & Style, Burrell said Meghan, 37, is just getting used to her new royal role.
“Meghan is still settling into her new role as a member of the royal family and wife and soon-to-be mother. It is inevitable with all the pressures that those roles bring that life cannot always be perfect,” Burrell said of the Duchess of Sussex. “She also has to contend for the first time with a small household of her own. I know that it is not easy for an incomer to find their feet with those constant pressures.”
The former royal staffer also dished that Meg’s way of navigating the royal ins-and-outs is very similar to what her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, once did. “It is true that Meghan has found it difficult to retain staff as she has a very different approach and not the standard approach of the royal household,” he explained.
Burrell urged royal fans to be patient with pregnant Meghan as she acclimates herself with her new lifestyle with her husband, Prince Harry. “It is a steep learning curve for her and we should give her the chance to prove herself,” he said. “I know from first-hand experience that Princess Diana was not always easy to live with either — and she also had a high turnover of staff.”
Meghan has experienced the departures of four royal staff members since marrying Harry, 34, in May 2018. Most recently, the Duchess’s bodyguard quit after just six months on the job. Meg’s personal assistant and two other private secretaries have also recently bid the duo farewell. Hopefully, things will start getting a bit better for the former Suits actress, especially since the couple’s first baby is expected to arrive in just a few short months!
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