A royal author is speaking out this week to say that it is unlikely that Meghan Markle will ever go back to the United Kingdom after her explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
While Prince Harry is expected to return to the U.K. this summer for the unveiling of a statue of his mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, Meghan is not expected to be joining him. Royal author Anna Pasternak went so far as to say that she does not think that Meghan will ever be going back to the U.K.
“Will Meghan Markle return to the U.K.? My speculative answer would be no, not if she can help it,” Pasternak told Fox News. “Sadly, I cannot see her ever becoming a loved and cherished member of the royal family with the unified respect and adoration of the British people. I think that ship has sailed.’
Pasternak went on to say that she is not surprised by the lack of support Meghan has received from the British people in the wake of her interview.
“Many people feel the interview was a total lack of respect for the monarchy and in a sense, for the British,” Pasternak explained. “Because the monarchy is part of the British psyche. So this monarchy bashing can also be viewed as British bashing. And from personal knowledge, it is understood that Prince Charles, Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton and the queen – they were just so shocked and saddened by [the allegations].”
Pasternak added that despite what Meghan told Oprah about the lack of support she received in the U.K., she was actually a beloved figure prior to the interview.
“We absolutely embraced her,” said Pasternak. “We embraced this incredible wedding. We were thrilled with the ‘Markle Sparkle.’ And we were thrilled for Harry, who was our nation’s son in a way. We all watched him walk behind his mother’s coffin and all of our hearts went out to him.
“We loved Harry and we were thrilled for him when he found this beautiful American actress for a wife,” she added. “We genuinely were. But they didn’t stay long enough and kind of went into this self-imposed exile. Not only that, but they criticized the whole thing, which felt like they were throwing it back into our faces.”
“In the beginning, we really took to Meghan because she wasn’t an aristocrat,” Pasternak continued. “She was actually this really ambitious, wonderful woman. So I think in some ways, many people in Britain do feel betrayed by her.”
In the end, Pasternak does believe that Meghan did not know what she was getting herself into when she married a royal.
“Nobody’s going to go in and completely shake up the house of Windsor,” said Pasternak. “It’s just not going to happen because the very reason it’s endured for so long, it’s actually because very little has changed. Powerful women who marry into the house of Windsor don’t fare well. If they’re emotional and speak out, they certainly don’t fare well. It’s those who are stoic, go on with their heads down and do their duty like Kate and Camilla that endure.”
“Look at Camilla, who at one point had the worst press ever,” she concluded. “She’s never spoken out and put duty first when she joined the family. Since then, she’s achieved this national treasure status by the people… The one thing you cannot do as a member of the royal family is to have an opinion. You have to remain impartial, apolitical and just smile. In many ways, Meghan was too bright for that and too animated and sharp.”