Meghan Markle has been part of the Royal Family for the past six months and in that time the ex-pat has brought her American work ethic to Kensington Palace. We thought that would be a good thing, but apparently the rest of the world isn’t expected to be on call 24/7, with palace aides reportedly upset that Meghan is texting them outside of work hours. Huh. We need to reevaluate our out of office settings.
In a new article by the Daily Mail, the website says that royal staffers are reportedly shocked by Markle’s ‘six to seven’ texts a day, which often arrive early with Meghan’s 5 a.m. wake-up time. Meghan has been busy on official royal outings with husband Prince Harry since the two wed in May, but the former actress has been adding onto her duties, having ‘undercover’ meetings with British people involved in various charities. Markle reportedly texts her aides throughout the day with ideas on how she hopes to shape her role as a public figure. No word on whether she prefers using GIFs or her own custom Bitmoji when texting.
While it appears that the topic of the texts, i.e., how to help the British public, aren’t an issue, the timing of the texts are causing a stir. Britain may be careening towards Brexit, but it’s worth noting that European countries have been vigilant on cracking down on companies who text employees outside of work hours, with France and Germany’s labour ministries banning the practice.
There have been some high-profile members of the staff who have left the palace since Meghan and Harry’s wedding, including senior communications secretary Katrina McKeever, who left in September after working as a liaison between Markle’s family and the palace. We’ll blame Meghan’s sister for that one. That woman seems exhausting. Another of Meghan’s aides reportedly left her position earlier this month, with Harry’s ‘right-hand man’ Edward Lane Fox announcing that he too will be leaving the palace after five years. Maybe it’s a coincidence that so many staff members are departing in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s marriage. Or, not.
Arriving as the newest member of the Royal Family comes with a big learning curve and it’s very possible that not contacting staff outside of business hours is yet another protocol that Meghan is still learning. The former Suits star has been bucking tradition since marrying Harry, from working with non-British fashion designers, to wearing short skirts, to closing her own car door; in other words, being a woman in her 30s. It may not sound scandalous on paper, but the Royal Family isn’t known for their progressive nature.
There’s always the possibility that Meghan is like the rest of us and assumed that living in the palace meant having access to staff 24/7. Maybe those perks are just for the Queen.