Do Meghan Markle’s progressive politics promise the dawn of a new, feminist era for the British monarchy? Or are they already being overwhelmed and undermined by the juggernaut that is the House of Windsor?
That’s the quandary British scholars Laura Clancy and Hannah Yelin, who published their findings in the journal Celebrity Studies, in a paper titled ‘Meghan’s Manifesto: Meghan Markle and the Co-option of Feminism,’ have set out to explore — and their argument is that the latter question is coming true.
Clancy and Yelin believe the Duchess of Sussex, as Markle is now known, is undergoing a “conservative, upper-class makeover” and that her popularity ultimately gives legitimacy to the family’s outdated and unerring royal protocols.
“Markle’s activist voice has been either silenced or appropriated by the monarchy,” they write.
“She has quit her acting career, closed down her popular blog and social media accounts for all her online activity to be ciphered through Kensington Palace.
“While the monarchy appears to be celebrating her diversity and modernizing influence, then, this is only permitted within prescribed boundaries.”
Markle’s bio on the royal family’s official website, published in May following her wedding to Prince Harry, puts Markle’s history as a feminist front and center.
Clancy and Yelin argue her contributions to public debate since her marriage have been sparse and constrained, and that her endorsement of — and inclusion in — the monarchy serves to deflect criticism that ought to be being made of the royals.
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