Despite telling Oprah on her book tour back in 2012 that she is “going through a very intense phase” of being a royal, Markle did not attend the Queen’s birthday ball that year, nor even meet any of the princes or princesses, let alone have dinner at Windsor Castle.
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It’s been a very strange year for Markle (you know, if she is still under the impression that she’s at home with the royals, she might have to change her ways). At a private dinner for the Duke of York hosted by Prince Harry, Markle asked a few questions about his plans for the future; and when the prince told her, “You know, it’s very important for me to understand that if I’m going to be living anywhere for the rest of my life, then I should be living in London”, Markle decided she won’t be staying in Britain, at least not for this year.
Even if you were a fan of the former model, Markle’s decision still doesn’t represent a total surprise, especially given that her father, Prince Charles, plans to step down as the head of the British government in January 2017. “He’s a very long-term thinker, he’s always thought about things that are important to him,” Prince William explained before announcing the departure, which seems like a sensible move to make. But a year ago, Kate Middleton was asked in an interview about her plans to retire to France, and she didn’t say anything until she was asked later in the interview whether she would ever visit London (she’d never been, either).
Is Markle’s choice to go France a form of diplomatic misdirection? Or is she in a position for her to say no because she’s never been, or that she isn’t doing well enough for the princess to give her the opportunity to do so? And should she really have told the prince about her plans? I’m not sure, but given that her father is the prince’s favorite nephew, and that he always prides himself in keeping his young siblings as far away as possible from anything he doesn’t consider to be of historical value, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had decided that he has made the wrong choice in hiring her to fill the role of “protector” to his famous nephew.
It’s clear that she’s had enough of the public and the media, both of which have attempted to make her life very difficult over the past few weeks, but Markle has apparently decided she’s willing to say what no one else in her family wants to say, and put herself out there for the attention. That means, as far as she knows (which is not too far off), it’s time for Kate, her daughter Princess Charlotte and her husband to finally, fully join the public. After all, with the rest of the royal clan having spent the past 15 years quietly working as “bundlers” (they are paid consultants for some companies), it might actually be time for them to show their true colors.