Royal biographer says Meghan will ‘pick up the baton’ from Diana
‘Diana died at 36 and Meghan’s coming into the family at 36′: Royal biographer says Harry’s bride-to-be will ‘pick up the baton’ from the late Princess with her humanitarian work
- Andrew Morton said it ‘strikes him’ Meghan is same age as Diana when she died
- He said the ex-actress had been ‘so interested’ in Princess of Wales growing up
- Morton said there were also key differences, with Diana being much more ‘shy’
A royal biographer has said that Meghan will ‘pick up the baton dropped by Diana’ – adding that it ‘strikes him’ Diana died at the same age the royal bride-to-be is now.
Andrew Morton, who is the author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, explained that Meghan, 36, shares with Diana the desire ‘to give back and make a difference’ through their humanitarian work.
He suggested Prince Harry’s fiancee had been ‘so interested’ in Diana when she was younger, watching her funeral and her wedding to Prince Charles.
However, Morton said there were key differences between Meghan and Diana, with the Princess of Wales being much more ‘shy’.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton, has commented on how Meghan, 36, is joining the royal family at the same age that Princess Diana died
Speaking to Tatler, the royal biographer said: ‘[W]hat unites both of them is the desire in wanting to give back and make a difference.
‘By the time they got into their 30s, Meghan and Diana were independent humanitarians with a vision … and also it strikes me that Diana died at 36 and Meghan’s coming into the family at 36.
‘There’s a sense that Meghan is picking up the baton dropped by Diana.’
Diana was well-known for her charity work, famously walking across a partially cleared minefield in Angola just months before her death in 1997.
The royal expert explained that Meghan shares with Diana (pictured in 1997) the desire ‘to give back and make a difference’
Morton’s comments come after another commentator suggested that Meghan’s age will help her as she prepares to marry Prince Harry, 33, at St George’s Chapel on May 19.
Speaking on new documentary Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance, Richard Kay explained how Diana and Fergie – who married into ‘The Firm’ aged just 20 and 26 respectively – found it difficult to cope with the pressures of royal life.
‘Over the years, others have married into the royal family – think of Diana Spencer, Sarah Ferguson – and they couldn’t cope with it,’ he said. ‘They found the expectation too high, too hard.
‘Meghan is that much older, much more confident and more experienced and I think that gives her a very good chance of making a good shot at this.’
Morton said Prince Harry’s fiancee had been ‘so interested’ in Diana when she was younger, watching her funeral and her wedding to Prince Charles
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