William was right Meghan needed more time to adjust to royal life

Jennie Bond says William 'was right' about Meghan needing time

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Jennie Bond and social activist Nimco Ali were invited onto Good Morning Britain to discuss the first three episodes of Harry & Meghan. The Netflix docuseries has sparked a worldwide conversation about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with royal commentator Jennie sharing her thoughts on Meghan’s transition into the Royal Family. 

Reflecting on the first three instalments, Jennie said: “At the end I came to the conclusion that perhaps what we might learn is that William was right all the time when he suggested, we are told, that Harry should take his time and just think whether Meghan, wasn’t the right woman for him, but whether she was cut out for this role.

“The level of unpreparedness, not ignorance, unpreparedness for life within the Royal Family was astonishing.

“She didn’t understand the formality, she didn’t understand it was a hierarchy and she wasn’t going to be the chief executive.

“She didn’t understand our manners, our culture, the hugging…”

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“All of this suggests to me that she needed more time to assess whether she an independent, forthright woman of mature years should want to go into the structure of the Royal Family,” she continued.

“I think she needed more time and William was right.”

In the Netflix docuseries, Meghan spoke about her first meeting with William and Kate Middleton.

“I was a hugger,” she said. “I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.

“I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.

“There is a forward-facing way of being, and then you close the door and go, ‘You can relax now’, but that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me.”

Social activist Nimco urged watchers of the series to be sensitive to both Harry and Meghan and William and Kate.

She said: “What has left me uncomfortable is the rhetoric around it. I think two things can be true at the same time.

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“Meghan did experience racism and the media did racially abuse her.

“But also at the same time we don’t have to make an enemy of William and Kate who are both doing their duty a part of the monarchy.

“I think there has to be a reality check of a lot of us trying to take sides and we have to understand that as much as this is a Royal Family this is still a family issue and they’re just airing their grievances publicly.”

Elsewhere in the Netflix series, Harry shared his thoughts on his family’s first impressions of Meghan.

“I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed, some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves,” he said. “Because I think they were surprised. They were surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman.

“But the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else at the beginning: ‘Oh she’s an American actress; this won’t last’.”

Meghan added: “The actress thing was the biggest problem, funnily enough. There is a big idea of what that looks like from the UK standpoint – Hollywood – and it’s just very easy for them to typecast that.”

Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekdays at 6am.

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