The new Duchess of Sussex may have just learned a painful lesson about what a ‘private’ conversation really is, and she might be paying a heavy price for a candid remark she made - when she faces the Queen upon her return home.
During Meghan and Prince Harry’s whirlwind visit to Ireland, the pair charmed its citizens with their warm and friendly nature and their sometimes-candid remarks. Neither half of the Royal twosome seemed reticent to discuss any topic that a fan or dignitary brought up.
It’s been previously reported that during this historic trip Meghan shared her true feelings about having left her American TV show, and Prince Harry gave rare insight into the couple’s family planning philosophy.
But the Duchess of Sussex’ most recent words have captured the world's attention, raising eyebrows among those who say she could be in real trouble this time.
When she and Harry visited the British ambassador’s residence in Dublin, Meghan had the opportunity to chat with a member of the Irish Senate - Catherine Noone.
When the conversation came around to the topic of Ireland’s recent political referendum over which there has been unparalleled controversy, Meghan piped up with a comment that could be interpreted as taking sides in an emotionally-charged and hotly-debated political topic - which royals are strictly forbidden from doing.
In the aftermath of the conversation, Senator Noone took to her Twitter account (the post has since been removed) to give her impressions of the meeting.
“A pleasure to meet Prince Harry & the Duchess of Sussex at the British Ambassador’s Residence this evening. The Duchess & I had a chat about the recent referendum result - she watched with interest & was pleased to see the result”
HuffPost reports that experts are calling those comments “a break in precedent that could signal a turning point for the royal family.
“It is extremely rare for any member of the royal family to actively comment on political and cultural movements,” William Hanson, a British etiquette expert and coach, told HuffPost at the time. The royal family, as a constitutional monarchy, is “meant to be above politics and related matters,” he added.
Others are accusing of Noone of twisting the Duchess’ remarks to fit their political agenda by paraphrasing what she really said.
Regardless, Meghan might do well to review her “Royalty 101” materials when she returns home this week. It might help her the next time she has an urge to speak out on something she shouldn't. She may have gotten away with it in her past life, but she must forgo certain topics in her new role as a member of the Royal Family.
And the real test will come when she and Harry return home to face the Queen - who has been known to say what she really thinks with regard to anything that might damage the reputation of the Monarchy.