There are many similarities between the Duchess of Sussex and the People's Princess.
It's said that our parents influence whom we choose as our life partners. The early experiences we have shape our briefs beliefs and perceptions consciously and unconsciously. According to a survey done by the dating site eHarmony, at least 65% of men picked women who had similar personalities as their mothers, according to Mirror UK. Some studies even suggest that they even choose people who even look like their parent.
What the person may not notice as an unconscious choice might be obvious to a third person. In the case of Prince Harry, the third person who weighed in on his choice of life partner was his mother, Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell. The man served as a footman for Queen Elizabeth II and was a butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, reports the SUN UK. He became a close confidante of the princess and has been vocal about what she would have approved of or not since her death.
He "knows Prince Harry incredibly well," he claimed. He was also a royal correspondent for a British TV channel when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May 2018. Now, he's made the observation that the 35-year-old prince married Markle because she is like his mother, the late Princess Diana.
"Harry went for and married Meghan because she’s like Diana," Burrell said, Marie Claire reported. "Both women who would always stand up for what they believe in and wouldn’t be pushovers."
There are many similarities between the two. One of them is their steadfastness in their beliefs and a genuine commitment to the causes they believe in. They believe that all people deserve equal opportunities irrespective of where they come from or what sort of upbringing they had. As moms, both desire that their children have a relatively "normal" life, one that is free of royal norms. Princess Diana was shy and timid when she married Prince Charles, but over the years she found her voice and began to make decisions independently. One of the primary forces that drove her is the wish to be the best mom to her kids William and Harry. They both also believed that there is so much they can as women to support other women and kids. The Duchess of Sussex made sure her beloved son Archie's first birthday was not just a joyous day for the family, but also made a difference to kids around the globe. She read to her 1-year-old son, Archie, on his birthday in an effort to raise funds for Save the Children.
The former butler added that while they do have similarities, there are also differences. "I think the main difference between them is that Meghan has a game plan, whereas Diana was young and naïve," he added. "Diana did the book with Andrew Morton and courted the press over the years because she didn't have a voice. And her strong-mindedness meant she cared and she felt the people of the country had a right to know what had gone on behind closed doors."
Meghan, who was an activist long before she became a royal as well as being a bi-racial person knew how unfair the media could be. She was more prepared if one may say so. "You could say Meghan does too—but I think her courting of the press is more for her career. In years to come, we'll see her on red carpets, with A-list friends, in films perhaps," he added, according to Perth Now.
Meghan also helped Harry see beyond the negativity caused by the media so that he could focus more on what is really important—spending time with his family and enjoying his role as a new dad with Archie. Unlike Diana, Meghan has a supportive husband who understands how important it is to stand up for one's partner and more importantly stand up for what is right. Diana so desperately lacked her husband's support, and his ongoing preoccupation Camilla made it a hard ride for Diana since the day of her marriage.
Although the former Suits star has been exposed to the media attention as an actress and a successful lifestyle blogger long before meeting the Duke of Sussex, much like Diana, she too was simply done with how the media portrayed her. Before her death, Diana had announced that she would be withdrawing from her public life but would continue to work with selected charities. In a similar way, Harry and Markle left their royal life for a quieter one as they first moved to Canada and then to Los Angeles.
Their journey from being senior royalty to a high-profile change-making LA family will be portrayed in their biography, Finding Freedom.