Depending on your age, the thought of "royal training" might conjure up images of Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in The Princess Diaries, that one song in the animated cult-classic Anastasia, or Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn drilling vowels incessantly in My Fair Lady.
But what's in store for Meghan Markle in the coming weeks as she prepares to join the royal family is far from the "
"People think that joining the royal family is a bit like My Fair Lady, and the process is the same, but you don’t have a Professor Higgins saying, 'The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.' That doesn’t happen," royal historian Robert Lacey told me during an interview about his new book, The Crown, The Official Companion.
Lacey speculates that Markle might get a crash course in the particular humor and cultural mores of her soon-to-be-adopted country. "Maybe Meghan’s going to get a course in Britishness," he said. "It’s not going to be a course in 'royalness.' She’ll get a course in being British, in being chirpy and cheeky. Not that she isn’t already, but she'll develop those sides of her personality, and she couldn’t have a better tutor than Harry."
Following Markle and Prince Harry's engagement announcement on November 27th, Us Weekly reported that "Meghan has had access to Harry’s most trusted aides since their relationship went public, so whether it’s advice on a business decision or handling a media issue, she’s been able to get advice whenever needed, and it’s been invaluable."
She will also prepare herself for the kind of tasks few ordinary citizens—American or British—have experience with. In the coming months she will "receive more general advice from those close to Harry, whether it's for public speaking or what to do at a state banquet," the source continued, explaining that Duchess Kate received similar support during her engagement to Prince William.
"Everything she may be unsure about will be answered."
In addition to the resources provided by the royal family, Lacey suggested that Markle has something else working in her favor. "Those two boys, William and Harry, are closer than any royal brothers we’ve ever had," he said.
"It’s quite traditional for royal brothers to fall out because they’re competing for the same position [of King], but they’ve got this closeness that we’ve never seen before. The big charities they run as a threesome, and now Meghan’s got the chance to be the fourth. Meghan’s being invited to join a team, the bigger royal team, but also the smaller team, the Kensington team of William and Kate and Harry," he continued.
"It's a new style of partnership that we’ve never had before."
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