Meghan’s ‘activist voice has been silenced’ since marrying Harry academics claim
17th December 2018

Academics have claimed Meghan Markle’s ‘activist voice’ has been silenced since joining the royal family.

The Duchess of Sussex is the subject of a new research paper which says she has toned down her political views since her royal wedding in May.

It also claims she will no longer be a campaigner for women’s rights as she has been "silenced by the monarchy".

‘Meghan’s Manifesto’: Meghan Markle and the Co-option of Feminism analyses her behaviour since she became a member of the royal family.

The paper was published by Celebrity Studies – a journal that "focuses on the critical exploration of celebrity, stardom and fame."

The report’s authors Laura Clancy and Hannah Yelin say: “While the monarchy appears to be celebrating her diversity and modernising influence, then, this is only permitted within prescribed boundaries.

"Markle’s activist voice has been either silenced or appropriated by the monarchy.

"She has quit her acting career, closed down her popular blog and social media accounts for all her online activity to be ciphered through Kensington Palace.

“Meanwhile, Markle is said to be receiving ‘duchess lessons’ from the Queen’s advisers, to be brought up to speed with protocol and expectations of life with the monarchy.”

Clancy isa sociology lecturer at Lancaster University who explores the way in which the British monarchy is represented in media culture and Yelin, researches celebrity and gender issues at Oxford Brooks University.

They claim Meghan’s royal makeover undermines her feminist credientials.

However the Duchess, who is pregnant with her first child, has a long history of charitable work and fighting for women’s rights and spoke out about women’s rights in October this year while on tour in New Zealand.

At a ceremony marking the 125th anniversary of women getting the vote, she said: “Women’s suffrage is not simply about the right to vote for women but . . . to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community.”

In 2015, The Duchess became the UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership.

She said: ‘Women make up more than half of the world’s population … it is neither just nor practical for our voices to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making.’

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