Meghan Markle entered the Royal Family on her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018, and now the happy couple are expecting the arrival of their royal baby imminently. Her Majesty the Queen, who has reigned since 1952, has welcomed the new generation of royals and has even evolved her thinking so she can best support them, according to a royal commentator. Podcast “Royals”, from Australian magazine New Idea, heard from royal expert Angela Mollard, who discussed the Queen’s 92nd birthday in an episode that aired in May 2018.
Ms Mollard said of the Queen: “Phenomenal woman, look what she’s achieved.
“What I find really interesting about her is that, in recent years, she just keeps evolving.
“She wants to keep learning [and] I think her willingness to embrace an ever-evolving world is very, very impressive.”
New Idea editor Frances Sheen asked: “When Diana died she was accused very much of being out of touch with what the people think, so she’s obviously changed a bit?”
Ms Mollard replied: “I think so, and I think we’ve seen that with her behaviour with Meghan Markle.”
She explained: “She’s really loosened a lot of the structures.
“[For example], you can’t go to Sandringham for Christmas unless you’re actually married into the Royal Family.
“We know that Prince Harry asked for a special sort of dispensation so that she might go to Christmas.
“Having seen her own children going through a lot of marital discord its clear she wants the next generation to be supported.
“We know from reports that she’s had firm words with courtiers at the Palace that these new royals, this new generation, are to be supported, not undermined.
“Certainly in the Diana years, they [courtiers] were hell-bent on undermining her.
“I think that’s interesting and that’s a clear directive from the Queen.”
Ms Mollard concluded: “She wants this new generation to succeed and she’s willing to bend the rules for that to happen.”
The podcast presenter has also spoken about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s early days of dating, and the word of warning Harry issued to his then-girlfriend.
Ms Mollard said that when news first broke of Harry and Meghan’s relationship, “a private secretary phoned and said: ‘Look, the word’s out. This has leaked.’”
She continued: “He apparently turned to Meghan and said: ‘Things will never be the same again.’
“I can imagine he felt a little bit of sadness that that privacy had [gone].”