20 Times Meghan Markle Was More Hollywood Than Royal

Madison Breaux | Apr 10, 2019 Celebrities
20 Times Meghan Markle Was More Hollywood Than Royal

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Not two years ago, Meghan Markle was living a different life. This California-raised gal had all the perks of being famous (red carpets, unbelievable fashion) -- without at any of the invasion of privacy. But marrying Prince Harry meant an entirely new lifestyle. While we're certain Meghan wouldn't trade the life she has now for the world, there are still times when her Hollywood past slips through her new royal status. She's only been an official royal for less than a year, so honestly, a few California behaviors are completely natural. We didn't expect her to act fully Brit right off the bat, did we?

Plus, we think even five years down the line, Meghan is still going to be slipping some of her Hollywood flair into her royal life, and that's just what makes her, well, Meghan! Part of what makes her so charming to us and we're sure to the royal family as well is the breath of fresh American air that she brings to the table. Sure, she's ruffled some feathers along the way, but that's life when she's dealing with a family rooted in English traditions. 

Yes, some of her California behaviors are better than others, but Meghan has made it clear that she's not just going to accept everything that's a part of the royal family's traditions. That means Queen Elizabeth might just have to start getting used to some of her Hollywood antics, and yes, that includes the pantsuits. Because we're certain we'll never get rid of our California cool-girl, here are 20 times Meghan was a little more Hollywood than royal.

  • Her Super Chic Baby Shower

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    From the sound of it, Meghan's exclusive baby shower in New York City was the event to be at of 2019. Her two best friends, who just happen to be Serena Williams and Amal Clooney, rented out the penthouse of The Mark hotel, and given how the royal family likes things to be humble and demure, we can guess that they weren't too pleased about this.

  • This Halter Outfit

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    Some people were confused as to why Meghan was sporting a halter dress in the middle of autumn in the United Kingdom, but sometimes a duchess just needs to do what she's gotta do for the cameras. She might be a adjunct Brit by now, but she'll always be a California girl at heart.

  • Hanging With Her A-List Friends

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    This one goes back to those two best friends we mentioned before. The day before her secret baby shower, Meghan had a day in the city to just hang out with her friends from her Hollywood past. Nothing but girl fun ... but with famous people!

  • Losing Her Employees Quickly

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    Ever since she became an official royal, Meghan has been losing her royal aides left and right. While they might just be moving on to bigger and better things, this does raise the question of whether or not Meg has some Hollywood diva in her. But don't we all have a diva side some days?

  • The Looks She Gives Harry

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    Meghan is an actress, so she's perfected the love-bird look. Don't worry, though, she isn't acting right here ... this is all pure love. But that doesn't mean she can't give Harry her best *look* when she deems fit. 

  • Style Inspired by Famous People

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    There's no denying that this latest look from Meghan was definitely inspired by Jackie O. And this isn't the first time the duchess has taken vintage celebrity styles and made them her own. She's channeled the lovely Audrey Hepburn on several occasions.

  • Taking a Private Plane Back to England

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    Meghan took a lot of heat for taking a private plane back to England from her weekend in the Big Apple. We don't know why people expected a pregnant member of the royal family to fly commercial, but we do have to admit that hopping on a private jet does seem so Hollywood.

  • Being Open About Her Feminism

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    Royals usually shy away from getting deep into political issues, but Meghan has never really played by the rules when it comes to that. She's open about her own feminist efforts, and even refereed to her soon-to-be born baby as a feminist. Nothing wrong with starting them young!

  • When Beyonce Was on Her Side

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    Does it really get any more Hollywood than having support from Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z?? The superstar posted this picture on Instagram, and it's pretty clear how they feel about the young duchess. We love Kate Middleton, but she's never appeared on Beyonce's social media as far as we know.

  • Joining Instagram

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    Hollywood actors and actresses love connecting with their fans through social media. While Meghan had to give up her personal Instagram account years ago all thanks to her relationship with Harry, the duchess has made her 'gram return through a joint Sussex family account. We knew she couldn't stay away for long.

  • Planning a Natural Birth

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    Meghan's labor is definitely going to be a lot more California-inspired, because rumor has it that the duchess wants to have a natural birth. Meghan has reportedly started an acupuncture regimen that will help things run smoothly when it's time for Baby Sussex to come.

  • Being Labeled a 'Bridezilla'

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    Now we don't know how much truth there is still this, but Meghan reportedly didn't get her first choice tiara on her wedding day ... and she wasn't too happy about it. Other reports have come out labeling Meghan has a "difficult" bride. Sorry, Meghan -- throwing wedding tantrums is for actresses, not for duchesses.

  • Wanting to Raise Her Kid 'Gender Fluid'

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    This is definitely a first for the royal family. Apparently, Meghan wants to raise her baby with a more modern approach to gender, something we never thought we'd see coming from a royal. Sounds like Harry is on board too!

  • Wearing Sustainable Sneakers

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    If there's one thing Hollywood actresses care about, it's ethical and environmentally friendly fashion. Meghan is no exception, and she showed off these sustainable sneakers from French brand Veja on an sailing excursion in Sydney.

  • Serving Avocado Toast at a Tea Party

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    When we think about British tea time, we think crumpets, scones, biscuits (cookies to us Americans), and maybe some fruit. When we think about California brunch, we think avocado toast. Meghan apparently decided it was time to bring a little taste of the American West Coast to her royal tea party.

  • Her Famous Pantsuits

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    Oh, the pantsuits. While Meghan's fans love these outfits, the royal family fashion guidelines have something else to say about them. The royal women don't typically wear androgynous outfits like this, but on a Hollywood red carpet, Meghan would have been the hit of the show.

  • When She Didn't Hold Back on the Sparkles

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    We all know that Hollywood is all about the glitz and the glamour, right? Well, the royal family's reputation for keeping things classic and traditional didn't stop Meghan from wearing this all-out sequined dress for an event with Prince Harry. 

  • When She Went Through Her Boat-Neck Phase

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    In our opinion, it was very Hollywood of Meghan to try to develop a signature style right off the bat once she married Prince Harry ... especially one so different! We aren't quite sure why Meghan stopped wearing boat-neck styles, but we're praying for their safe return.

  • Whenever She Meets With Fans

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    Whenever Meghan interacts with fans, it's easy to tell she has some experience with the spotlight. Even though the duchess was a fairly low-key actress, she was still in the Hollywood world, so she's more than comfortable greeting and talking to admirers.

  • When She Tried Out Her New 'Accent'

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    Remember that time shortly after the royal wedding when Meghan talked to a fan about the weather .... and she had an accent?? It might have been an accident or the duchess might have been pulling a Madonna, but whatever happened, it was short-lived. Can't say we'd be mad if Meghan developed a more Brit accent. Put those acting skills to the test, Meg!

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