After Meghan Markle got engaged to Prince Harry, she had to make one big sacrifice: her Instagram page. After all, it’s just not appropriate for soon-to-be royals to have social media accounts. But luckily, many of her best photographs survived the purge, and the snaps show a fashionable, fun-loving woman who, despite her success as an actress, has always seemed down to earth and relatable. Here’s a look at her greatest pre-engagement hits.
The British royal family are considered pretty strait-laced types, but if anyone can get them to loosen up, it’s Meghan. During her Instagram days, for example, she was more than happy to post sultry selfies like this one. And even now, she’s pushing the envelope when it comes to high-class sexiness; for her engagement photos with Harry, for instance, she wore – gasp – a sheer dress.
You’ll never in a million years catch the Queen doing this. But Meghan, a known dog lover, was more than happy to give herself doggy features via Snapchat. And she still looked cute! Sadly, though, Snapchat – that favorite tool of many teenage girls and young women – will be off limits to Meghan once she becomes a duchess.
When Meghan posted this photo on her Instagram, everyone went wild. Was it Harry? If so, what on Earth would his grandmother make of that shirt? Was Meghan teasing her fans, who were desperate to know more about the relationship? Sadly, the answers to these questions will probably never be known.
By many accounts, Meghan is very close to her mother, Doria Ragland. And on Mother’s Day 2017, the royal bride posted a touching tribute to her family member on her Instagram account. “Always proud of this beautiful woman,” she wrote, alongside a picture of them hugging. “This was when she graduated from USC with a masters in social work. Honoring my mom, Doria, and all the amazing mamas in our lives.” It’s rumored that Meghan may, in a break from tradition, ask her mother to walk her down the aisle.
Like the vast majority of people, Meghan likes to pose for photographs with her friends. And she’s got some pretty cool chums too – well, the ones in this snap are, anyway. Here, Meghan is with Markus Anderson, a consultant for the exclusive Soho House chain of private members’ clubs, and fashion designer Misha Nonoo. Reportedly, Misha’s the one who actually introduced Meghan and Harry.
Meghan drinking not just one glass of wine but two? And at the same time? Surely, some may think, the Queen would be shocked at such behavior. But actually, she probably wouldn’t be. According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the Queen enjoys gin and Dubonnet as well as German wine. So Meghan will still get to drink in royal residences – although likely in a less outlandish manner.
Only Meghan could make a plain white shirt look sexy. But actually, there’s more to this garment than meets the eye. You see, the shirt in question was designed by Meghan’s friend Misha Nonoo; the soon-to-be royal also wore it when she stepped out with Harry for the first time at the Invictus Games. And while the piece of clothing may be a simple one, Meghan really knows how to rock it.
You’d be hard pressed to find a single Instagram-using person who hasn’t taken a selfie at one point, and Meghan is no exception. With her feet up on the chair and her casual clothing, she looks just like any other young woman. But now she’ll never have to take a picture of herself in the mirror ever again – cameras will follow her wherever she goes.
This is a rather risqué picture. And what’s in that package that Meghan is looking down on? Well, turns out it’s actually just pajamas from the luxury sleepwear company Lunya, whose slogan is “Good in bed.” So there’s a perfectly innocent explanation!
Meghan clearly likes Halloween. She likes it so much, in fact, that she once posed with a jack-o’-lantern replacing her head. In the future, though, Meghan may not get to dress up for any upcoming royal Halloweens. After all, her new in-laws don’t celebrate the holiday – at least not in public. That said, William and Kate are reportedly likely to throw a private Halloween party for their children, and Meghan’s carved pumpkins would probably be welcome there.
Meghan also adores dogs. But while she has two rescues, Bogart and Guy, sadly she could only bring one of them to the U.K. Bogart had to stay behind with Meghan’s close friends, as he was simply too old to make the journey. Still, Meghan may be able to console herself by befriending the Queen’s corgis. According to Harry himself, who mentioned it in the couple’s engagement interview, they liked her right away.
And children appear to love Meghan too. At least, Suits co-star Sarah Rafferty’s daughter seems to like the former actress, judging by the cute message seen here. “Kids are the very best. Love having this in my trailer,” Meghan wrote to accompany the snap. Meghan is still good friends with her former colleague, and she may well invite her and her family to the wedding.
Here, Meghan is seen sitting on her pristine bed, somehow managing to look both sexy and approachable at the same time. “Sleep tight, sweet friends,” she captioned the snap. But, curiously, she also tagged the post with the name of a book – Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Perhaps she was reading it at the time; perhaps it’s just because of the way in which she appears to be enclosed in a pen in the image.
Meghan is no stranger to a good meal; she was even romantically linked with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello once upon a time. And like any Instagrammer worth their salt, there was food in view on her former page. But Meghan’s palate will probably have to become a bit more limited after she weds Harry. Why? Well, royals aren’t supposed to eat shellfish, rare meat or overly spicy fare. That’s because of the possibility of food poisoning, which would render them unable to do their duties.
Although Meghan looks good in pretty much every color, she looks really good in white. This picture, a casual mirror selfie in which Meghan is seen pulling a silly face, proved that beyond all doubt. And clearly her official stylists thought so too, as she was dressed in white for her engagement announcement.
Back in 2016, Meghan made a little video for her Instagram. She had a raspberry on each of her fingers, and as the camera rolled she rapidly slurped them up one by one while cracking up as she did so. Too naughty for royalty or just a bit of fun? Either way, she’s promoting healthy eating, which is something she’s passionate about.
At first glance, it looks as though Meghan took this photo to show off her mug, which is a handmade gift from Soho House’s Soho Home brand. But, actually, she may have taken it to show off something completely different. A fan noticed that she was wearing a bracelet very similar to one that had been spotted on Harry. It was a hint, they thought, and a major one at that.
For some reason, Meghan seems to enjoy putting random things on her head. In what’s by far her weirdest post to Instagram, she snapped a picture of herself standing in a grocery store wearing a panda mask. And the mask in question is actually a handmade one crafted by costume designer Tentacle Studios and which cost hundreds of dollars – although why Meghan chose to pose with it in a store is more of a mystery.
As well as appearing to love to wear white, Meghan also has a penchant for camel coats – as seen in this Instagram snap. And she’s worn similarly hued outerwear for royal engagements since: one coat from Canadian company Smythe and another from Sentaler. Both styles quickly sold out, of course; such is the power of the so-called “Meghan Markle Effect.”
She’s set to encounter many more in her capacity as Prince Harry’s wife, but Meghan has actually met one head of state already. That would be Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, whom Meghan was seen sitting next to at the One Young World summit in 2016. And although as a member of the royal family Meghan will be expected to keep political opinions to herself, she will still have considerable sway when speaking to world leaders.
Unlike Markle’s Instagram pictures, most of the photos taken of Princess Diana with Prince Charles will be forever stored online. But they, too, conceal a secret that the royal family probably don’t want you to spot.
Diana, Princess of Wales was once the most photographed woman in the world, and a good portion of those photographs also featured her then-husband, Prince Charles. However, there’s an intriguing detail in many Diana and Charles photos that you’ve probably never noticed. Moreover, what does that tell us about their marriage and the royal family in general?
Princess Diana was born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961. She had royal ancestry and was the daughter of a Viscount. In other words, she was perfectly suited to becoming the wife of the heir to the throne of Great Britain. What’s more, by 1975 her father had become an Earl and she’d consequently gained the title of Lady.
Although he had dated her sister, Lady Sarah, first, Charles soon fell under the spell of Diana’s considerable beauty. And the subsequent courtship between Diana and Charles was a fairly traditional one. After they’d been dating for about a year, during which time he introduced her to his family, Charles proposed to Diana in early 1981.
On February 24, 1981, the engagement was announced to the world, and the entire U.K. certainly seemed to be delighted at the news. However, there were already signs that Diana was more of a modern woman than the royal family were used to. For example, she chose a regular ring from a catalog rather than having one made. Some cruel commentators consequently referred to it as “the Commoner’s Sapphire.”
What’s more, when it came to the day of the wedding – a huge celebration for the whole country – there was something unorthodox about her vows as well. Indeed, she didn’t, as was tradition, promise to obey Charles. The omission of this one small word subsequently caused an uproar. However, Diana was adamant that her marriage would be a modern, equal one.
Unfortunately, as the whole world now knows, it wasn’t. Diana did her royal duty and had two sons with Charles, Princes William and Harry. Nevertheless, she was desperately unhappy in her marriage. As Charles conducted an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, Diana consequently developed mental health problems and even began to self-harm.
Sadly, Diana’s life was to end in tragedy, too. On August 31, 1997, almost exactly one year after officially divorcing Charles, she was involved in a car crash. And although paramedics attempted to save her, nothing could be done. As a result of the accident, Diana, her new boyfriend Dodi Fayed and their chauffeur, who was driving under the influence of alcohol, all died.
However, in the years since Diana’s death and the vast outpouring of public grief that accompanied it, people have remained just as fascinated with her as they were when she was alive. Indeed, every aspect of her life story, it seems, has been examined by fans and historians. What’s more, in 2017 someone revealed a detail about her that had been completely overlooked.
In March of that year, sociologist Philip N. Cohen posted a picture of Charles and Diana in which the Prince was seen to be taller than her. However, Cohen captioned the image, “They were the same height.” Initially, people were skeptical, so Cohen subsequently tweeted other examples. And it turned out that there were a lot of other examples.
Diana and Charles were, by all accounts, roughly the same height. Although there was never any official confirmation, as the royals don’t really give out statistics, any difference in height wasn’t conspicuous. However, in a great many of their official posed photographs, Diana appeared much shorter than her then-husband. Indeed, it was as though she’d been asked to crouch down or Charles had been given something to stand on.
However, un-posed photos of the couple were usually very different. In these, they usually looked to be the same height. In fact, due to the fact that she wore high heels, Diana actually often appeared taller than her husband. Sadly, such candid photos also tended to betray the declining state of their marriage; it is rare to see one in which the couple looked happy together.
Although it was his 2017 tweet that brought the issue to public attention, Cohen had actually been discussing the matter for some time in his academic works. What did it mean for a marriage if one of the couple was deliberately made to look smaller in photographs? In addition, why did the royals bother doing such a thing in the first place?
Cohen brought the subject up in his 2014 sociology textbook, The Family, writing, “Although Charles was actually one inch taller than Diana, he often looked shorter than her in candid pictures. But when they posed for portraits, he usually stood on a box or step, as in the picture for the stamp commemorating their royal wedding.”
“The idea of women as the weaker sex corresponds to the pattern of male domination in modern society, as symbolized by the muscular male athlete and the taller husband,” Cohen added. What’s more, when his idea resurfaced in the Twitter post, many people agreed that it seemed representative of, at the very least, a casual sexism.
“This picture shows how insecure men can be, and it’s worse than we thought,” The Independent reported. And Twitter users commenting on the original post were also quick to criticize Charles’s ego. “Says a lot about their marriage. Poor woman,” one wrote.
However, there’s an argument to be made that practical issues, rather than a desire to depict a woman as somehow “lesser,” sometimes led to Charles and Diana posing for photos in the way that they did. For example, in one image that was to be used on a stamp, Charles had to stand on a box alongside Diana so that there would still be space for the stamp’s value to be displayed.
Nevertheless, there are still many photos of Charles and Diana that were not used on stamps in which the height difference is overly pronounced. A few media outlets mockingly speculated that maybe Charles was wearing high heels in all of them. In addition, the images caused Twitter users to draw other comparisons.
Some women shared their own stories of having to crouch down slightly beneath their husbands for their wedding day photos. Plenty of others, meanwhile, brought up movie star Tom Cruise. Camera trickery often has to be used to ensure the 5’ 7” actor does not seem shorter than his co-stars. As a result, the diminutive actor has often been on the receiving end of jokes about his height.
It’s also possible, of course, that the official Charles and Diana pictures were composed that way because of royal tradition. Indeed, over the centuries the British monarchy has tended to be dominated by men. In fact, it wasn’t until 2013 that an older female child was finally deemed to be higher in the line of succession than a younger male sibling. This was called the “Succession to the Crown Act 2013,” and it had been very a long time coming.
The Palace has said nothing about the internet’s fascination with the photos, and that’s unlikely to change. Regardless, the images still offer another intriguing window into Diana’s life. What’s more, they perhaps offer a hint as to the problems that came to define her relationship with the man she would eventually divorce.