Meghan Markle’s feminism ideology has been brought to question by many who see her marriage to Prince Harry as a move which negates the principle of feminism, but this assumption is based on a wrong understanding of what feminism is and poor knowledge of the moves the British Royals have made towards its agenda.
Harry and Meghan Royal wedding took place on Saturday at St George Chapel, Windsor, before the reception at the Hall, attracting 600 guests including Queen Elizabeth and top Royals.
Prince Harry was bestowed the Duke of Sussex by the Queen, and Markle automatically became a Duchess.
Meghan official profile as the Duchess of Sussex reads her as being “a woman to be and a feminist”, which had left many wondering how she would cope with a system that might deprive her of many self-benefits.
What Markle has to give up
No more selfies
As she becomes part of the Royals, she is prohibited from taking selfies as it was reported that the queen disproves of it, with former US Ambassador Matthew Barzun, saying she finds them “disconcerting” and “strange”.
Acting is a Big NO
Meghan, an actress, would also quit her career, as there would be a conflict of interest between her job and attending meetings. More so, Royals are prohibited from promoting commercial interest.
No voting for Meghan
She would also not be voting anytime soon as the Parliament website reads: “Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election.”
Senior Royal close to the Queen, like Markle, are said to abide by the rules, though it is exclusive to the Queen, and a Palace Spokesperson was reported to have said the Royal family do not vote “by convention.”
Markle’s autographs sold out, keep the ones you have
Markle is also prohibited from signing autographs, as protocol bans Royals from scribbling their signature for other people, wearing dark nails varnish, as they are considered vulgar according to royal etiquettes.
Royals don’t show knees
She would not be seen wearing gown above her knees, as the Queen disproves of it, and whenever she is in the house or castle with the Royals, there would be no sleeping before the Queen.
Apparently, other members don’t “feel right” about excusing themselves to go to bed before the Queen is done for the night.
A Feminist or Royal, never both?
Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes. It’s the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to.
This means feminist demand equal rights between men and women in all facets of life.
The challenge with defining being part of the Royal Family as a move against feminist is that most of the rules Meghan has to keep to, Harry has to keep to too. The exceptions are with regards to things that are themselves feminism like nail varnish. Harry also has dress restrictions just as Meghan has to cover her legs.
Also, the Royal Family seem to have made effort to give equal rights to men and women.
It used to be that the next in line is determined by two things, Age, and gender. But in 2013, the Succession Act of 1701, was amended to see that only age is considered. Prior to this, if Queen Elizabeth’s first child was a woman and the second a man, the second child would have been King after her.
Though the 2013 law only applies to people born after it.
Other reforms done in 2013 made it possible for Harry to marry Meghan as the Royal Marriages Act, in the past, prohibited senior members of the Royals from marrying someone who is Catholic or has been divorced.
The new Act states that the first six in line to the throne (Harry is fifth) can only get married after seeking the Queen’s permission.
The order came to play in 2015 when Prince Charles got married to Camilla Parker Bowles, despite her being a divorcee.