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'Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries' Airs on ABC

Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.


On Thanksgiving night November 22, ABC aired Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries. The one-hour program brought viewers up to date about Meghan Markle's life after six months of being a member of the royal family.

Viewers were able to take a look at the major events in the life of the Duchess of Sussex, and there have been many of them.

ABC's Presentation

ABC News did a fantastic job of giving viewers a close up look of Meghan Markle's life as it is today. Her six months as a royal was condensed into one hour from 9 to 10 p.m. in the prime-time special Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries.

The new documentary was orderly and detailed with the emphasis on major events about the duchesses. It was a thorough review of those things that fans already knew; yet, it was enough for others to get to know her or know her better by watching the documentary.

Much has been written about Meghan Markle since she began dating Prince Harry in the summer of 2016. More was written about her when the became engaged in November 2017.

Even more was written when they got married on May 19, 2018. Since her pregnancy was officially announced on October 15, a day hasn't gone by without something being written about her and photos posted of her and her growing belly bump.

Not a Princess

We know Meghan is a duchess and does not have the official title of a princess. Hopefully, viewers know the title of the documentary is in reference to the actual Princess Diaries series about fictional fairytales compared to Meghan who is living the real fairytale.

Meghan and Kate Middleton are not princesses because they were not born into the royal family.

The day Prince Harry and Meghan married, Queen Elizabeth gave them the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex just as she gave Prince William and Kate Middleton the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they got married on April 29, 2011.


Biggest Adjustment

The biggest adjustment Meghan has made so far was learning how to make the transition from walking the red carpet as an actress to being a royal with formal rules to follow.

Meghan was already accustomed to being photographed because was constantly in front of the camera when she had a starring role in the legal drama Suits for seven seasons.

Since becoming a royal, she has been photographed and talked about over many things she has done or didn't do as she was learning the royal rules. Just after her marriage, she was criticized because she closed her own limo door.

Three days after her marriage, she and Queen Elizabeth went on an outing. She was talked about by the way she crossed her legs while sitting beside her new grandmother-in-law.

The commentator on the documentary said everything Meghan does and says will continue to be scrutinized. He added the Duchess of Sussex will be living in a fishbowl for the rest of her life.

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What Royal Contributors Said

Several royal contributors added to the documentary. ABC royal contributor Imogen Lloyd Webber noted that Queen Elizabeth sees Meghan as being incredibly smart. She added that Queen Elizabeth sees the 37-year-wife of her grandson as a catalyst and a useful tool that will symbolize the monarchy for many years to come.

Duncan Lacrombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, said Meghan is just what Prince Harry needed at the time he needed it the most. Additionally, she is exactly what the British people need and has longed for.

ABC royal contributor Omid Scobie gave an example how Meghan is different from other royals in that she writes her own speeches, such as the one she delivered in Fiji while she and Prince Harry were on their 16-day royal tour.

Vogue contributing editor Michelle Ruiz indicated that Markle is already shaking up the monarchy and is called "the feminist princess of our dreams."

Other royal commentators made similar remarks about Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Additional commentators for the documentary included ABC royal commentator Alastair Bruce, British novelist and TV producer Daisy Goodwin, ABC royals contributor Victoria Murphy, and CNN royal commentator Victoria Arbiter.

Meghan's New Life Continues

There was no ending to the documentary because Meghan's fairytale life continues. As exciting as it has been for the last six months, it is about to become more fascinating. Next spring, the Duchess of Sussex will take on another title and another role.

She will be a mother of her first child. Meghan and Prince Harry are looking forward to starting their own family.


Ntokozo on November 24, 2018:

I wonder if it will ever be on Lifetime. I am in South Africa & would love to ser it.

Fatima netos on November 23, 2018:

I would love to see,it was turkey day with the family and i didnt see,,,,

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 23, 2018:

Ellison, it will probably be aired again. If you have On Demand on your TV, you can see it. If I find out when it will air on regular TV, I will message you directly.

I watched it, but I was familiar with everything that was shown since I write so much about the royals. Everything was condensed into one hour; therefore, there was nothing new.

Just continue to read my articles and you will get much more than was aired. (smile)

Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on November 23, 2018:

I wish I would have known this was coming on. Hopefully I can find some way to stream it because I'd love to see it.

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