Meghan Markle can never return to UK and be a 'loved' member of royal family: 'That ship has sailed'
'I think in some ways, many people in Britain do feel betrayed by her,' royal author Anna Pasternak said
Meghan Markle can never return to the UK and become "a loved and cherished member of the royal family", believes royal author Anna Pasternak. The former actress and Prince Harry stepped down from senior royal duties in March last year to lead a private, financially independent life away from the Palace. In their recent bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple said they also wanted to be away from racist coverage and unwanted intrusions by the British press.
"Will Meghan Markle return to the UK? My speculative answer would be no, not if she can help it," Pasternak told Fox News. She continued, “Sadly, I cannot see her ever becoming a loved and cherished member of the royal family with the unified respect and adoration of the British people. I think that ship has sailed.”
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Pasternak also said that the recent attacks Meghan faced after the March 7 interview in which she accused the royal family of racism and unhelpfulness during her tough times did not surprise her. Pasternak stated, “Many people feel the interview was a total lack of respect for the monarchy and in a sense, for the British. Because the monarchy is part of the British psyche. So this monarchy bashing can also be viewed as British bashing. And from personal knowledge, it is understood that Prince Charles, Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton and the queen – they were just so shocked and saddened by [the allegations].”
Pasternak said though British media was tough towards the 39-year-old when she was dating the Duke of Sussex, people of the UK were ready to welcome her. She explained, “We absolutely embraced her. We embraced this incredible wedding. We were thrilled with the 'Markle Sparkle.' And we were thrilled for Harry, who was our nation’s son in a way. We all watched him walk behind his mother’s coffin and all of our hearts went out to him. We loved Harry and we were thrilled for him when he found this beautiful American actress for a wife. We genuinely were. But they didn’t stay long enough and kind of went into this self-imposed exile. Not only that, but they criticized the whole thing, which felt like they were throwing it back into our faces.”
The author went on to say, “In the beginning, we really took to Meghan because she wasn’t an aristocrat. She was actually this really ambitious, wonderful woman. So I think in some ways, many people in Britain do feel betrayed by her.” Pasternak also claimed that she believes Meghan had no idea what she got herself into by marrying a prince. “Nobody’s going to go in and completely shake up the house of Windsor. It’s just not going to happen because the very reason it’s endured for so long, it’s actually because very little has changed. Powerful women who marry into the house of Windsor don’t fare well. If they’re emotional and speak out, they certainly don’t fare well. It’s those who are stoic, go on with their heads down and do their duty like Kate and Camilla that endure,” she stated.
Pasternak noted: “Look at Camilla, who at one point had the worst press ever. She’s never spoken out and put duty first when she joined the family. Since then, she’s achieved this national treasure status by the people… The one thing you cannot do as a member of the royal family is to have an opinion. You have to remain impartial, apolitical and just smile. In many ways, Meghan was too bright for that and too animated and sharp.”
Concluding her point, Pasternak added: “Joining the family comes with a lot of restrictions that Meghan clearly didn’t want. You cannot confuse celebrity with royalty. Duty always comes first.” However, when she was asked what the future of Meghan and Harry looks like, she replied: “That’s the million-dollar question. I can see Meghan being backed by powerful people and eventually trying for political office. "I think she has an ambition that knows no bounds. So I wouldn’t be all that surprised if that was part of her agenda. All power to her, if that’s what she really wants.”