Meghan Markle Was Never Appreciated for What She Brought to the Royal Family, Royal Author Says

According to royal expert and author Sean Smith, Meghan Markle brought empathy and charisma to the royal family that wasn't appreciated.

Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) brought something special to the royal family (opens in new tab)—and they haven't been able to fill the Meghan-shaped hole she left behind after the royal exit (opens in new tab), apparently.

In an interview with Daily Star (opens in new tab)Sean Smith (opens in new tab), author of Meghan Misunderstood (opens in new tab), said that Meghan wasn't "appreciated" during her time with the royal family and that the sense of connection she brought to The Firm is "now missing." The special something Meghan brought to the British monarchy, according to Smith, boiled down to her charisma and empathy.

"Meghan would be great in politics, I think the speeches she give are very inspirational and I think she is a tremendous public speaker," Smith explained. "She is very, very articulate too and it is a gift that she brought to the Royal Family, a gift that was not properly appreciated."

Not only was Meghan's gift for public speaking (opens in new tab) and inspiring her audiences not appreciated in the way it should have been, but according to Smith, it's a magic the royals haven't been able to recapture without her.

"Meghan Markle is not a dull person, she has a great deal of charisma that is now sadly missing in the Royal Family," Smith said, explaining that getting a hug from the Duchess of Sussex was "fantastic" and that the "empathy she brought to certain situations...is just great."

"I don't want to knock members of the Royal Family, Prince William, Kate, and other members too, but Meghan has a different life experience than them," he added. "Meghan brought something that I think, is now missing."

Don't expect Meghan to return to royal life though. Earlier this month, royal author and expert Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab) explained that a return to royal life is unlikely for Meghan (opens in new tab) and her husband, Prince Harry (opens in new tab).

"The general consensus is that this 'divorce' has worked," Nicholl told ET Online (opens in new tab). "Meghan and Harry left the royal family to become independent, to become financially independent. They've absolutely achieved that this year. They can now look back a year on and probably celebrate their decision."

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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.