Meghan has “Americanised” her husband Prince Harry, according to US-born Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke. Lady Montagu, who married Luke Timothy Charles Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke — son of the 11th Earl of Sandwich – offered once again her insight into Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back as senior royals and their new lives.
Speaking to People magazine, Lady Montagu suggested she has noticed a change in the Duke of Sussex.
She said: “I think that Meghan has slightly Americanised Harry. I love it.”
Meghan and Prince Harry have been living in Los Angeles for more than a month, having flown across the Canadian border on a California-bound jet in late March.
Their move continues to be discussed by royal experts and commentators, including Montagu.
The Viscountess confessed she was “surprised” to see Meghan and Harry relocating after having spent only a few months in British Columbia, Canada.
She continued: “I actually thought they were going to stay in Canada, just because I thought it would be more peaceful for them.
“I thought it was a good transition country — a good compromise.”
However, she added, Los Angeles and Hollywood may result calmer and more private than England for the royals.
She said: “Anywhere is more private than being a member of the royal family in Britain.
“Now that the dust has settled with their move and they’ve dropped their HRH titles — they’re now ready to be normal.
“I think that they will keep their [new] house very, very private as far as photos go.”
Lady Montagu has previously expressed sympathy for Meghan and Harry and revealed she could relate to the Duchess of Sussex as an American who had to get used to the British aristocratic society after her marriage to Lord Montagu.
In a candid interview, Lady Montagu described the difficulties she encountered during her transition from an American reality star and yoga instructor to a British socialite.
After Meghan and Harry announced their intention to step down as senior royals in January, Lady Montagu said: “[The] hardest thing was adapting to a more formal lifestyle.
“It’s not near as laid back as what I was used to.
“There’s no going in your PJs to have breakfast.
“With the aristocracy, it’s still formal, but I imagine the Royal Family is just that much more.
“I don’t have to curtsy all the time or have as many formal dinners.
“Plus, I get to voice my opinions and be openly political if I wish – Meghan can’t.”
In her most recent interview to People, Lady Montagu also discussed the Sussexes’ decision to confirm the name and mission of their new organisation, Archewell, in the midst of a pandemic.
She said: “I know they’ve gotten a lot of flack from the press about announcing their new charity and then moving in the middle of COVID-19, but there’s a part of me that thinks they’re probably thinking moving now would be a good way to try and avoid being the main headline news — in one sense, trying to stay under the radar.”
“I don’t think they want to be in the news.
“They want their projects and the charitable foundations that they support to be in the news, but they themselves don’t want to be in the news.”
Speaking about how Prince Harry may be adjusting to his new life as minor royal, Lady Montagu said: “I think there are some people thinking that Harry is going to miss royal duties and the lifestyle, and I mean, he may miss parts of it.
“But I think that this is what Harry’s always wanted — an escape.”
Published at Fri, 15 May 2020 13:29:00 +0000