Meghan Markle has come under fire after she was revealed as the guest-editor for Vogue's September issue last month, with commentators suggesting the editorial line the Duchess of Sussex adopted delved too close to the political. Prince Harry contributed to the magazine with an interview in which he warned "unconscious bias" can lead to racist behaviour, thus fuelling claims Meghan has been subjected to unfair amounts of criticism due to her background. But commentator Dan Wootton, a self-admitted criticiser of the whole Royal Family, pointed out the Duchess is not the first royal bride to face scrutiny from the public through the years.
The talkRADIO presenter said: "What about all the other female outsiders that have entered the Royal Family?
"If you remember, in the months before Princess Diana’s death – she was a revered figure and she had overwhelming public support – she still remained a target for much criticism when her campaigning became too political.
"Just three days before her tragic accident in Paris, Diana – and at that point she no longer was a future queen or anything like that – was being severely criticised for describing the former Prime Minister John Major’s landmine policy as ‘hopeless’ in a French newspaper interview."
Meghan Markle is not the first member of the Royal Family to face public criticism, Wootton said
Diana knew it was essential, even as a former member of the Royal Family, to stay out of politics
He continued: "She was totally aware that she needed to stay out of politics and she denied ever making that quote. Her office actually released a statement that said of Diana that her ‘stance on the question of landmines had been apolitical throughout and her concerns are exclusively humanitarian.’
"Princess Diana knew it was essential, even as a former member of the Royal Family, to stay out of politics."
Mr Wootton also highlighted other prominent figures within the Royal Family, including the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, also had to face criticism from the public once they married into the family.
The radio host added: "Fergie, let’s talk of all the criticism she got post-divorce, she actually became a figure of derision for doing those Weight Watcher ads, and appearing on TV shows like Friends.
"Sophie Wessex was forced to give up that very unrealistic dream she had of continuing her PR career after marrying Prince Edward. And what about Camilla? Come on, how negative has the press been about her?
"Even Kate Middleton, who most people say received an easy ride, you are wrong. She was called ‘Waity Katie’ for years."
The couple issued a statement before the birth in which they urged both the public and the press to allow them to "celebrate privately" the arrival of their firstborn.
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Rather than appearing on a photocall outside of hospital as Princess Diana and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, did with their children, Meghan and Harry organised an intimate photoshoot at Windsor Castle two days after Archie's birth.
The Duke and Duchess also opted to have their son's christening behind closed doors, withholding details about the boy's godparents.
A statement from Buckingham Palace about Archie’s christening read: “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton. The godparents, keeping with their wishes, will remain private.”