Adjusting to royal life is turning out to be more difficult than American actress Meghan Markle expected, and she is reportedly turning to her future in-law’s Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate Middleton for advice on getting through each day in her new world. Now that millions of people are watching and judging her every move, are Markle’s nerves getting the best of her?
The Independent is reporting that Markle is struggling when it comes to integrating herself while she prepares to marry Prince Harry in May, and even her slow introduction into public life didn’t make the change easy for her.
Markle moved to London last year after wrapping her last season on the USA legal drama Suits and has been inching into public life via several carefully choreographed appearances with her fiancé.
Royal watchers have praised her confidence during these public outings, but a body language expert claims that Markle is nervous at the official engagements because she fidgets with her hair.
Elizabeth Kuhnke, author of Body Language for Dummies, says that when women play with their hair, it is often a tactic to settle themselves when they feel under pressure or uncomfortable.
“It’s the adult version of a child clutching favorite toy, mother’s skirt or father’s hand when feeling anxious and not knowing what to do or say,” she said.
Even though Markle appears confident during her royal walkabouts, a source claims that she does have butterflies about her new life. As Harry’s late mother once famously said, “There is no manual” when it comes to life as a royal, so the 36-year-old has turned to Bowles and Middleton, and they are both happy to help.
On top of being uncomfortable in public, Markle is also struggling with being confined to Kensington Palace. She no longer has the anonymity she once enjoyed, so when she gets up in the morning, she can’t go to the gym or jog around the park.
Instead, she must stay inside Nottingham Cottage, the two-bedroom property she shares with Prince Harry and doesn’t really have much to do.
Tonight, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle were honoured to meet wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have overcome adversity and taken on remarkable sport and adventure challenges, at the annual #EndeavourAwards The Endeavour Fund gives these people the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges, and is led by the Royal Foundation. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees for their incredible feats.
That’s a big change of pace for someone who had a major acting career and is accustomed to working long hours each day.
There is one thing, however, that Markle can focus on while she prepares to become a princess, and that is learning all the responsibilities of royal life.
From the proper way to decorate an apartment in the palace to the protocol if the Duchess of Cambridge drops by for tea, there is a long list of etiquette rules for a member of the royal family, and Markle needs to become intimately familiar with all of them.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will get married on May 19th at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.