Meghan Markle ‘knew what she was in for’ claims Shrager
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Unlike Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge , who spent most of her adulthood being groomed for a royal role and adapting to the scrutiny, Meghan had a very different journey. Before she joined the Royal Family in May 2018, Prince Harry's wife was a successful actress and her big break was her appearance on legal drama Suits. Just like most celebrities, the Duchess had her own personal Instagram and Twitter accounts, in which she shared glimpses of her life, travels and even her political views.
Despite being from the US, she did discuss UK politics.
Before the 2016 EU referendum, she praised former Prime Minister David Cameron for being a ‘”class act”.
She wrote on June 13, 2016: “Quick lunch break and watched David Cameron’s parting speech.
“What a class act!”
A few weeks later that year, Meghan took to Instagram to share with her 2.3 million followers a picture of an unknown woman waving a pro-EU placard during an anti-Brexit demonstration in London.
Meghan Markle’s politics laid bare? Duchess praised David Cameron for being ‘class act’ (Image: GETTY)
The placard read: "If EU leave me now, you take away the biggest part of me."
Accompanying the picture, she wrote: “If EU leave me now… #brexit #parliament #referendum #london.”
After the post went live, several users claimed it suggested Meghan was disappointed at the result of the referendum.
At the time Meghan was visiting Europe and reportedly stayed in London from the end of June until early July.
It is believed the California native met Harry during that stay, after being set up by a mutual friend for a drink with him at the private club Soho House.
Meghan was a successful actress and her big break was her appearance on legal drama Suits (Image: GETTY)
Former Prime Minister David Cameron (Image: GETTY)
From the day of her engagement announcement until she stepped down as senior royal last year, Meghan's opinions had to be muted, as Palace protocol forbids royals from publicly expressing views on political figures and parties.
The monarchy's website states: "As head of state, the Queen has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters."
Palace aides point out that by convention, other members of the family have to follow suit.
On social media, Meghan not only shared her Brexit stance, but also backed Hillary Clinton and attacked Donald Trump as "misogynistic" and "divisive" prior to meeting her husband.
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Meghan and Harry married on May 28, 2019 (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan’s timeline (Image: GETTY)
In January 2018, she shut down her profiles as senior members of the monarchy only have official Twitter and Instagram accounts, run by the social media teams of their households.
During the 2020 US presidential election campaign, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex urged US citizens to use their votes, and shared a powerful message about the importance of rejecting "hate speech, misinformation and online negativity".
The video message was recorded for Time 100, and sparked criticism due to the royal protocol urging members of the Royal Family to remain politically neutral.
A palace spokesperson released a statement following the release of the video, saying: "We would not comment.
“The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are in a personal capacity."
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