Five Spooky Similarities Between Meghan Markle And Princess Diana
The Duchess of Sussex shares a lot of similarities with her late mother-in-law.
It's been said before but we will say it again: there is something very special indeed about Meghan Markle.
After all, she's a humanitarian, a crusader for women's rights, an actress and now, a Duchess. She's kind of got it all covered.
And, as has been noticed by many, she has a lot of things in common with her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.
Even Meghan and Harry themselves have spoken out about how spooky the similarities are. They brought Diana up, of course, in their engagement interview, where Harry made it clear how close he imagined she and Megz would be if his mother was still alive.
"Oh they'd be thick as thieves, without question," Prince Harry said at the time.
"I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me, but then, as I said, would have probably been best friends --best friends with Meghan. It's days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news. But you know with the ring and with everything else that's going on I'm sure she's ... "
" ... she's with us," Markle added.
SO CUTE! She was finishing his sentences for him even then!
Anyway we digress. Let's chat about the similarities between these, the two most important women in Harry's life, on the eve of her first visit down under.
Hugs are everything to them
Meghan and Harry can't do a walkabout without hugging an old lady or a little kid, but Diana was the original royal hugger -- she was the first royal to be hands-on with the people.
A former royal butler said in an interview with E! News that Meghan reminds him, and the people at Buckingham Palace, of Diana in her willingness to engage with people and embrace them, like Diana famously did.
Grant Harrold told E! that the younger generation of royals are becoming more hands-on with the public, something that the elders such as Queen Elizabeth or Prince Charles do not do.
"You look at the energy of Princess Diana and she was very much somebody that would hug people. She was famous for it, wasn't she?" he said.
"None of the rest of the royal family hugged. It just wasn't the done thing. Now the younger royals, Prince William and Harry, you see them hugging... So it's their way of doing it. They are very much copying what their mother did, which is fantastic’’.
Diana herself noticed she was the first one, too, saying: "If someone might be nervous of you or you're speaking to a very young child or a sick person, get yourself on their level."
Charity work is crucial
Princess Diana was famously activism-focused. Her legacy is one of humanitarian work, as she worked tirelessly against land mines, fighting the AIDS stigma and looking after children.
Markle has also shown herself to be an advocate, and she's spoken about gender equality, social justice, and feminism openly. Now that she has a larger global platform, she's joined Harry, Kate and William in their Heads Together Foundation, as well as working on a cookbook for people affected by the Grenfell disaster.
They had a rocky start
Both Diana and Meghan joined the royal family with much fanfare and intense scrutiny by the media and public. Meghan, for her divorcée status, her acting career and her family; and Diana for her young age, relationship with Charles and tension with Queen Elizabeth II. And this photo, of course.
After the announcement of Diana's engagement to Charles, photos surfaced of her at her day job as a preschool teacher, in a skirt that went see-through when she stood in the sun. A horrified Diana reportedly told Charles: "I don't want to be known as the girlfriend who had no petticoat."
Meghan had her own photos surface too, with old pictures found of her as a Deal or No Deal model. Hey, a girl's gotta work!
Both Diana and Meghan have had, and continue to have, a big influence on fashion. Not least with their respective wedding dresses.
And in every day life, Meghan has surprised royalists by not going down the Kate Middleton style of favouring British designers, instead wearing Canadian and American labels, as well as smaller, underground designers. More importantly, she's been breaking the royal fashion rules -- not wearing stockings, wearing skirts above the knee and showing off her shoulders (shock horror!).
And Diana was equally rebellious -- she was known for wearing labels from the countries or districts she was visiting as well as wearing fashion-forward looks, rather than sticking to the royal family's more buttoned-up approach.
Lastly, it hasn't gone unnoticed by some that Meghan has a mole on her lip in EXACTLY the same place as Diana had one.
Make of that what you will.