According to Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, Meghan Markle isn’t afraid to break palace traditions. That said, several recent reports have accused the Duchess of Sussex, 37, of mistreating her staff. Is Meghan’s affinity for going against the grain a contributing factor or is it all just hearsay? Paul revealed to Life & Style that it’s definitely the latter. Phew!
“Meghan is still settling into her new role as a member of the royal family and wife and soon-to-be mother. It is inevitable with all the pressures that those roles bring that life cannot always be perfect,” he began. “She also has to contend for the first time with a small household of her own. I know that it is not easy for an incomer to find their feet with those constant pressures.”
The former royal staffer went on to note that Meghan and the late Princess Diana actually have a lot in common when it comes to navigating the ins and outs of running a home. “It is true that Meghan has found it difficult to retain staff as she has a very different approach and not the standard approach of the royal household. It is a steep learning curve for her and we should give her the chance to prove herself. I know from first-hand experience that Princess Diana was not always easy to live with either — and she also had a high turnover of staff.”
On Jan. 13, it was reported that Meghan and Prince Harry’s bodyguard quit after just six months on the job. This marks the fourth departure from their personal staff since Meghan became a royal, including her personal assistant, and two of the pair’s private secretaries. Here’s hoping that the “learning curve” Paul speaks of sorts itself out sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the pair may find themselves without a staff!
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