Former royal protection officer Ken Wharf claimed Diana would have seen the Duchess of Sussex as the “future of the Royal Family”. He told the Daily Mail in July: “Diana would have liked that her son had married an American divorcee, a woman of mixed heritage. I can see Diana putting two fingers up to the monarchy on the strength of that one saying, ‘This is fantastic, this is the future of this family, this is the way it has to be.”
Meghan is seen by some as a moderniser – because she does things her own way, just like Diana did.
For example, she and Harry insisted that their royal baby’s birth and christening would be a private affair.
She is also an advocate for women’s rights and edited an edition of Vogue along the theme of ‘Forces for Change’.
The Duchess is also the first biracial person to marry a senior member of the Royal Family and has been married before.
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Princess Diana would have seen Meghan Markle as "the future of the Royal Family" (Image: GETTY)
Diana's former bodyguard Ken Wharfe (Image: GETTY)
While she is not the first divorcee to marry a royal – for example, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, married Prince Charles in 2005 – the fact that it has not been an issue highlights the changing nature of The Firm.
Back in 1936, Edward VIII had to give up his throne in order to marry an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, and Charles had to gradually introduce the public to Camilla over a period of several years.
Meanwhile, Meghan’s 2018 entrance to the Royal Family was relatively smooth.
Meghan also enjoyed a successful acting career before she met the prince, which Mr Wharfe claims will help her in her role.
Meghan guest-edited Vogue and had a private christening for baby Archie (Image: GETTY)