Thanks in part to the seemingly endless supply of interviews given by her extended family in an attempt to smear her name, Kensington Palace seems to be taking a proactive approach in an attempt to right the wrongs done to Meghan Markle’s reputation. Following the backlash against Kate and Megan’s “bad relationship” (they’re fine) and the concern that Prince William was unhappy that his brother Prince Harry got engaged so quickly (they’re fine too), the palace is apparently supporting interviews with Meghan’s ‘friends’ about the Duchess of Sussex’s devotion to God.
In the latest issue of People Magazine, Meghan’s friends ‘break their silence.’ Seems a bit much for an article talking about how amazing she is, but we digress. It wasn’t enough to detail just how lovely Meg is, one of the friends had to go deep. And we mean soul searchingly deep. “Meg is extremely faithful,” says a longtime friend. “We pray a lot together. We meditate. She has had, and especially has now, a very close relationship with God.”
Referencing Meghan’s baptism in the Church of England before her marriage to Prince Harry, the article goes on: “A deep sense of gratitude and humility has guided her. We can still be modern women and feel all the feels with feminism and be strong moms and strong wives but understand that [our] relationship [with God] is so critical.”
This friend also says that rumours about Meghan requesting St. George’s Chapel be sprayed with air freshener before her wedding to Prince Harry were ‘outrageous.’ “I can’t think of anything more ridiculous. If people knew how spiritual she is and how serious and respectful she takes her relationship with God—she would never ask for something like that,” the longtime friend adds. “The day after the wedding I said, ‘You were so serene.’ She has a huge loving fondness for Archbishop Welby. She’s like, ‘I’m there, I’m with Harry, I’m with you guys, and I’m with the leader of my church.’ Sounds serene indeed.
It’s important to keep in mind that Meghan has just become part of one of the most revered and traditional families in the world. The Queen, her grandmother-in-law, is literally the head of the Church of England. Trying to please everyone is impossible, but it’s also an unimaginable feat that the Royal Family has been tasked with, and now Megs is one of them. And it’s hard work.
In person, Markle appears to be everything we could want in a people’s princess — warm and loving, committing herself to many charitable endeavors even before meeting Prince Harry. But on paper, she’s an American, a divorcee, an actor, and a woman of colour, all things that are very new to the Royal Family and your elderly English grandparents who have followed the royals religiously (pun intended) for decades.
While Meghan and Co. have done an impressive job of bringing the monarchy into the 21st century and appealing to the younger generation, there’s still the older generation that wants tradition. And what’s more traditional than going to church every Sunday? So the sudden revelation about Meghan’s piety isn’t all that surprising.
The question is, is it too much? Meghan’s latest branding as a woman of Christ may appease some of the older royal followers, but it also sets her up for failure, with no one able to stand up to the unrealistic expectations of being a traditionally pious woman, a feminist woman, and a human woman in 2019.
If Meghan finds comfort in God, that’s awesome. But it’s also something that she might like to keep private.