It’s been over 80 years since a divorced woman brought the Royal Family to its knees. Times may have changed, but is Buckingham Palace still scandalised by the arrival of another American divorcee in the 21st century?
In The Royal View’s Royals on the Rocks, Royal Correspondent for Vanity Fair and The Mail on Sunday Katie Nicholl discusses The Palace’s relationship with old taboos.
“I do still think divorce is a bit of a dirty word in the Royal Family,” says Nicholl. “It’s still got that stigma. Look at the leaps that Charles had to jump through to marry Camilla.”
While the panel acknowledges that times have changed since Edward VIII chose to abdicate the throne in favour of marrying divorcee Wallis Simpson in the 1930s – or even since Prince Charles’s second marriage in 2005 – they conclude that Meghan’s marriage has still ruffled some feathers.
“There are people inside the Palace who will not like Meghan because of where she comes from and who she is,” says former Royal butler Paul Burrell. “They’ll view her as some sort of danger and some sort of intruder.”
When Tim Vincent asks Katie Nicholl if there are any skeletons in Meghan’s closet from her previous marriage to Trevor Engelson, she does point out that the American film director has never spoken out about Meghan publicly. Katie does reveal, however, that “I hear he’s penning a very interesting script about an American who goes off and marries a British Prince…”
Nevertheless, Katie definitely feels that Meghan is a breath of fresh air for the Royal family. “I think it’s quite simply that she is a very confident, outspoken, driven woman. “She knows what she wants. Meghan will think nothing of getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning to do yoga and start firing off emails to staff.
“I think about this woman coming into the Royal Family at the right time, and I think Meghan is the right person at the right time.”
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Damage caused by divorce has plagued the Royal Family for nearly a century. Episode 1 of The Royal View, Royals on the Rocks, explores this chequered history of regal break-ups.
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