- There are a lot of similarities between Meghan Markle and Princess Diana (opens in new tab), according to Paul Burrell, Diana's former butler. (opens in new tab)
- Burrell has said that he suspects Prince Harry was attracted to Meghan at least in part because of some of the traits she shares with his late mother.
- Those similarities might have put a strain on Meghan's relationship with her mother-in-law if they'd had the chance to meet, however. Burrell says he thinks the women, who are both known for their strength and independence, could have "clashed" at times.
If you see a lot of Princess Diana in Meghan Markle (opens in new tab), you're definitely not alone. According to Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell (opens in new tab), Meghan has a lot in common with the People's Princess—and he thinks that's probably what attracted Prince Harry (opens in new tab) to her to begin with.
"Harry went for and married Meghan because she's like Diana," Burrell reportedly said (opens in new tab) during an interview with Closer magazine. "Both women who would always stand up for what they believe in and wouldn't be pushovers."
Even though Burrell thinks Meghan and Diana are similar (opens in new tab)women, he also said those similarities could have been the cause of some issues between them, if they'd gotten the chance to meet.
"I think, possibly, they would have clashed," he said. "I imagine it would have been two strong, independent women with different views on things—it would have been a battle between Meghan's way and Diana's way."
Burrell, who worked for Diana for 10 years (opens in new tab) before her tragic death in 1997 (opens in new tab), doesn't think Meghan is a carbon copy of Diana, of course. He said he thinks Meghan was probably more media savvy going into her royal marriage than Diana was. Diana, he said, had to learn to find her voice in the media.
"I think the main difference between them is that Meghan has a game plan, whereas Diana was young and naïve," he added. "Diana did the book with Andrew Morton and courted the press over the years because she didn't have a voice. And her strong-mindedness meant she cared and she felt the people of the country had a right to know what had gone on behind closed doors."
Meghan and Harry's journey from senior royal couple to low-key LA family will be outlined in upcoming book Finding Freedom, (opens in new tab)a biography written by two of the reporters closest to the couple—Omid Scobie and Emmy-winning reporter Carolyn Durand—and based on interviews with the Sussexes' friends and associates. The book is said to portray the "real Harry and Meghan," and comes out August 11.
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
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Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps (opens in new tab).
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings (opens in new tab).
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles (opens in new tab).
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down (opens in new tab) and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings (opens in new tab) while visiting Morocco.
February 24, 2019
The Duke and Duchess arrive to the "Education For All" boarding house in Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Meghan wore an Alice and Olivia blazer and Birdies slippers (opens in new tab).<