PUBLISHED: 14:55, Tue, Sep 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:55, Tue, Sep 22, 2020
Meghan has openly pushed back against the royal institution in recent months, and rejected the scrutiny that comes with being on the monarchy’s frontline. She said she thought the British mantra of the “stiff upper lip”, which is synonymous with the Royal Family, was “damaging” in an interview last October. The former US actress and Prince Harry have taken several swipes at the media coverage that is part and parcel of being a royal.
They tried to control their own media output through their now-defunct Instagram account, @sussexroyal, and its accompanying website.
The Duchess of Sussex’s ongoing court case against Associated Newspapers over the publication of her handwritten letter to her father, Thomas Markle, is another example of her pushback against the royals' relationship with the media.
During the case, Meghan even said she felt “unprotected” by the Royal Family from negative press, and “prohibited from defending herself”.
However, her fight against the scrutiny can be traced back to Princess Margaret, the Queen’s younger sister.
Princess Margaret (L) and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)
Meghan and Harry have left the royal fold and want to control their public image to a greater extent (Image: Getty)
She was known as a royal rebel and a keen socialite, with a reputation for having a sharp tongue and a determination to act outside of royal protocol.
As Tatler noted in July, until Margaret's social life became rather shocking, the Royal Family used to hold the public at arm’s length.
Journalist Rebecca Cope explained: “At the beginning of the 20th century, there was more deference to the Windsors, with certain scandals not even printed in the newspapers for fear of upsetting the establishment.
“It started to change in the Sixties when the paparazzi emerged.”
A new documentary has suggested Princess Margaret’s liaison with Roddy Llewellyn was a particular turning point for the Royal Family’s relationship with the media.
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Margaret with her husband Antony (Image: Getty)