Meghan Markle has had to make some dramatic adjustments since marrying Prince Harry. On top of all the usual strains of adjusting to ordinary married life, she also has to take on the abrupt changes associated with her transition to royal life.
Some of the demands are easier to accept than others. For example, she is used to public scrutiny from her life as a Hollywood actress, and she definitely knows how to handle photographers. And switching to clear nail polish and wearing stockings for all public appearances can be considered nothing more than minor inconveniences.
Other concessions, however, are not so easily embraced. After just a few months immersed in her new life, she has had to face some bitter disappointments on her way to becoming a full-fledged royal.
The sad situation with her father and step-siblings is a prime example. Markels from both sides of the pond are suffering from the rift that has occurred due to Meghan’s sudden ‘inaccessibility.’ While her American counterparts are speaking from the heart about family conflict, the Duchess is strictly forbidden from responding - for fear that her own words will come back to haunt her.
Every one of Meghan’s family members, except mom Doria Ragland, has spilled the beans to the media, and all the bad press has created one huge headache for not only Meghan but the entire Royal Family.
Meghan is said to be having a difficult time staying silent and would like nothing more than to pick up the phone and call her dad to sort out everything, person-to-person. But the Duchess has been warned against such an instinctual move, because of the threat to the Royal Family’s privacy. It will be interesting to see how this works itself out over time.
If that weren’t enough, now Meghan is being denied one of her favorite comfort foods whenever she and Prince Harry visit Buckingham Palace. The Queen has banned pasta and now Meghan can’t turn to one of he favorite ‘friends’ when she is feeling low.
It is said that Her Majesty takes a pragmatic view of meals, focusing on the best ‘fuel’ for the body. And it would seem the philosophy is working: she is 92 years old and still going strong.
According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, “The queen avoids pastas and potatoes, opting instead for grilled fish or chicken and in-season vegetables, which may have been a difficult adjustment for Markle, who once told 'Delish' that her favorite pasta dish, made with courgette, is ‘filthy, sexy mush.’
“In addition to a ban on pasta, all of the royals follow a strict diet of minimal onions or garlic, as their duties require them to frequently meet people, and no rare meat or shellfish due to the risk of food poisoning.”
But perhaps the atmosphere in which the Royal Family dines will provide Meghan with some small consolation.
“The foods the royals are actually allowed to eat are served on china dating back to the early 1800s and silver knives and forks coated with pure gold.” Sounds pretty spectacular! And if whatever the Queen is serving doesn't satisfy her American palate, she can always run back to her home at Kensington Palace and proceed to ‘pig out’ on whatever she wants!! That’s what I would do, wouldn’t you??
Please join us is wishing Meghan the best of luck as she faces new disappointments, and pray that she is able to overcome the challenges before they have a negative impact on her marriage to Prince Harry.