Believe it or not, the royal family makes mistakes too. According to a royal etiquette expert, the famous brood should have sent someone to talk to Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, after he made the decision not to attend the royal wedding due to his health and being busted for taking staged paparazzi photos.
"My heart bleeds for Meghan, it’s not really what she's banked on. I do think it’s interesting, one of the issues seen this week with members of royalty marrying commoners, is that when you marry someone who has not grown up in this environment, no matter how bright and intelligent they may be, it can be disconcerting and accidents can happen," William Hanson told Page Six. "The royal household should have sent someone out to talk to Mr. Markle immediately and others in Meghan’s family. But that didn’t happen — and it has blown up in their faces."
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He noted how different things were when Prince William married Kate Middleton in April 2011. "When Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, married Prince William, the Middleton family were much more attuned to their position, what they had to do and what was expected of them," Hanson shared. "Prior to royalty marrying commoners, they married other royals, whether British or European, or aristocrats. These unions were often loveless and didn’t do too particularly well, but you know what to do and how to behave — it’s part of their breeding."
Going forward, Hanson hopes that Meghan will approach royal life "gently," and keep in mind that she can't be as informal as she was when she was an American celebrity. "This is an institution that has been going on longer than any of us and will continue to do so. Meghan needs to remember she is a small cog in a very old machine. She has to remember it’s not about her — it’s about the causes she is going to be championing, her own personal beliefs are irrelevant," he said.
"Although she can do a huge amount of good with her profile, and I think she is going to open up the monarchy — not just in the UK but around the world — she can’t do it all at once, it has to be gently, gently, softly, softy," Hanson added. You've got this, Meghan!
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