Meghan Markle Wasn't Prepared for Her Massive Royal Fame, According to a Royal Expert

According to royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl, Meghan Markle's time as a TV actress didn't prepare her for the public scrutiny she faced as a royal.

  • Even though she had experienced fame as an actress before joining the royal family, nothing could have prepared Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) for the scrutiny of being a royal.
  • According to royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab), the public attention Meghan experienced during her Suits days was nothing like what she faced after her marriage to Prince Harry. 
  • Nicholl also explained how Meghan's experiences with the media have differed from those of her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

Actress fame and royal fame are very different and, according to one royal expert, having the former before marrying into The Firm did not prepare Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) for the latter.

Speaking to Australian news outlet 9Honey (opens in new tab), royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl explained:

"As an actress, she was used to being photographed—she was famous in her own right before marrying into the royal family—but she's said herself there was this suggestion that she would be able to handle the press attention and find her way in the spotlight because of her previous experience. Whereas actually, I think what she encountered was almost impossible to prepare for and certainly her experience as a B-List actress wasn't going to stand her in [good] stead for suddenly becoming the most famous woman in the world. She became a global celebrity on a stage just incomparable to anything Hollywood was going to offer or the Hollywood stage that she experience before."

Nicholl stressed that Meghan hasn't been alone in struggling with the very public lifestyle that comes with being royal, but she has had a unique experience with the British press. Nicholl compared Meghan's experiences with those of her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) and offered some insights into how those experiences have differed in significant ways.

"I think it's fair to say Kate's had her own issues with the media, it's not always been a favorable spotlight on her," Nicholl said. "She did have a tough time with the press in the early days but I think in Meghan's case it does seem to be the case where she couldn't do anything right—from her color of her nail varnish to how much she patted her bump, to the clothes that she wore to being overly hands-on and hugging people—she seemed to ruffle feather with whatever she was doing."

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.