Tatum O’Neal Once Had an Ambitious Vision for Meghan Markle as the Next Princess Diana

Published 12/09/2023, 2:49 AM EST

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Since joining forces with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle faced a relentless storm of criticism and judgment from the public eye. Her actions, often branded as controversial, became fodder for media scrutiny. The eyebrow-raising instance of donning a hat at Wimbledon, branding her a “rule-breaker” in royal circles. Even Tatum O’Neal, renowned for her resilience in the face of life’s trials, surprisingly held strong views about Markle.

Despite facing her own battles and navigating the unforgiving glare of fame, Tatum O’Neal took a surprisingly critical stance towards Markle. She wanted the Duchess of Sussex to be the next Princess Diana.

Meghan Markle should have reflected Princess Diana

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Tatum O’Neal did not mince words when critiquing Meghan Markle’s supposed lavish lifestyle. More so, she drew a stark comparison to the modesty of Princess Diana’s spending habits. During an appearance on Good Day Britain four years back, O’Neal pointed out Markle’s upgraded engagement ring, extravagant home renovations, and opulent private jet travel, asserting it did not align with Princess Diana’s more restrained approach.

During her appearance she expressed deep disappointment, lamenting Markle’s alleged lack of inclusivity, a quality she admired in Princess Diana. Hoping for the former Suits actress to carry on Princess Diana’s legacy, she felt let down. O’ Neal longed for Markle to embody the same open-heartedness as the beloved princess. Her words reflected a yearning for Markle to fill the shoes of a compassionate and welcoming figure like Princess Diana. Furthermore, highlighting her unfulfilled expectations.

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If only this was not enough, Markle expressing her discontent during the UK stay also attracted criticism towards the Suits alum.

Markle’s UK discontent: An unwelcome critique

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Markle faced intense criticism from royal commentators after reports surfaced claiming she endured a challenging time during her UK stay. Descriptions of her discontent in Britain contradicted the excitement witnessed during her wedding, leaving many surprised. Omid Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom and Endgame, revealed Markle’s reluctance to return to England. Moreover, citing her discomfort and desire to avoid the dramatic royal scene, akin to a “soap opera” she wished to steer clear of.

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Despite her reluctance to set foot in England again, tidbits emerged about the Sussexes maintaining a tenuous link with King Charles III. Markle was also spotted all smiles amidst the Omid Scobie scandal. Their decision to step away from senior royal duties in 2020 led to their relocation to California, settling in Montecito with their two kids.

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Riva Khan

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Riva Khan is an entertainment reporter at NetflixJunkie. Given her love for the language and writing, she has honed her narrative skills from a young age. She loves her latest tea in Hollywood and keeps an eye on the news.

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