It’s been ten months since Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, thus becoming the very first Duchess of Sussex.
And in that time, some very interesting developments have taken place with regard to Meghan’s public image.
Internationally, Meghan has attained once-in-a-generation icon status.
A mixed-race American woman, a self-made millionaire and an actress (a profession the royal family has traditionally held in low regard), Meghan has become an aspirational figure for millions of young women.
Her intellect, her compassion, her grace, fashion sense, and beauty have helped transform Meghan from an actress on a basic cable legal drama to the 21st century’s answer to Grace Kelly.
Here in America, one seldom hears a negative sentiment uttered in reference to Meghan.
But in the UK — and in some cases, other Commonwealth nations united under the crown — many media figures see the “diva duchess” as fair game.
Just last week, British media figure and disease-carrying rodent person Piers Morgan wrote that Meghan had “ruined” Prince Harry by accepting his proposal and carrying his child.
Piers says he preferred the hard-partying, often-naked Prince Harry of the early 2000s, which is a fact that we have neither the inclination nor the psychological expertise to unpack.
Similarly, Aussie TV personality Lisa Wilkinson frequently argues that Meghan “married into the wrong family.”
Wilkinson often disguises her criticism as concern for Meghan, but the fact remains that there’s something about Meghan that makes Lisa feel that she’s just not a good fit for the British Royal Family.
We wonder what it could be.
And of course, British tabloid reports have provided the Morgans and Wilkinsons of the world with ample justification for their “suspicions” about Meghan.
Obviously, there are the reports of a bitter feud between Meghan and Kate Middleton, which have served to fan the flames of anti-Meg sentiment.
But there have also been more seemingly-innocuous “news” items, such as reports that Meghan fails to curtsy properly when meeting foreign dignitaries for the first time.
Though more subtle, these reports also serve a role in the two-pronged effort to undermine Meghan’s public image.
If the American actress can’t even curtsy properly, how can she be expected to represent England on the world stage or to help raise the next generation of royals?
Amidst all the unfounded criticism, the question has lingered — did Meghan “marry into the wrong family” as Wilkinson so blithely claims?
The obvious answer, of course, is hell no.
Even if Meghan were as hated by her in-laws as the British press claims (which she’s not), you’ll notice that no one is claiming that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are anything other than gloriously happy in their marriage.
And as long as that remains the case, there can be little question that Meghan did the right thing in saying “I do.”