Meghan Markle Became the “Star of the Show” When She Married Into the Royal Family, Omid Scobie Writes

She was “Princess Diana all over again,” the newly released 'Endgame' reads.

Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry has said before that his wife, Meghan Markle, reminds him of his late mother, Princess Diana, who died when Harry was just 12 years old in 1997. Now Omid Scobie, author of the new book Endgame, out this week, is standing in agreement with the Duke of Sussex: he writes in the book that Meghan was “Princess Diana all over again” when she took on her role of Duchess of Sussex upon marrying Harry in 2018. He specifically points to her many achievements even early on in her royal role as to what made her the “star of the show.”

Meghan Markle in Sussex

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In particular, Meghan’s ample charity work drew comparisons to the late mother-in-law she never knew, Endgame reads: “Whether it was guest-editing an entire September issue of British Vogue while heavily pregnant, releasing a bestselling book for charity, or collaborating with British fashion brands to launch a capsule collection to raise money for her patronage of the women’s employment coaching charity Smart Works, Meghan got things done fast,” Scobie writes. “It was Princess Diana all over again.”

Princess Diana

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Meghan was a working royal for less than two years; even before her May 2018 wedding—and the official start of her career as the Duchess of Sussex—Meghan undertook 26 engagements for the royal family. After her wedding day, Meghan’s first engagement as an official working member of the royal family was just four days later. She undertook official visits to Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Morocco, and South Africa; in addition to the achievements written about by Scobie, Meghan also was pregnant and gave birth to Prince Archie during this time.

Meghan Markle holds son Prince Archie while Prince Harry looks on

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Of his wife's similarities to his mother, in the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, Harry himself said “So much of what Meghan is and how she is, is so similar to my mum. She has the same compassion. She has the same empathy. She has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her.”

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.