2018 was a big year for Meghan Markle, she left Suits, traveled to New Zealand, and became the subject of rampant palace gossip that she was feuding with basically everyone but me (…and it’s only a matter of time on that one, let’s be honest.)
So what’s a Princess to do, when basically everyone will sell you out to get ahead?
Personally, I would just take a page of out of any early ’00s rapper’s play book and ignore the haters, do a duet with Kelly Rowland, and get a face tattoo; but I think Meghan is a different type of person than I am.
Luckily for her she’s not the first woman to face this type of scrutiny within the Royal family—and while I firmly believe we should always look towards the future, in this case, a little bit of digging into the past would probably benefit Meghan.
To that point, I recently saw The Favourite, mainly because I went into the wrong theater for Aquaman, and it took me what some might call an embarrassingly long time to realize that the movie I was watching wasn’t about a demigod sea-king. The Favourite is a period-black comedy (some might call it a drama, but they’re wrong, it’s very funny) about the relationship Queen Anne had with her close personal friend, Lady Sara, and the ambitious servant Abigail, who wants to come between them. There is not, I repeat not, anyone named Aquaman in the cast, in case you were wondering.
So, what does this have to do with Meghan Markle? Well, the ladies of The Favourite take backstabbing, gossip, and passive aggressive behavior to get what they want to a level that I can only call a phd in Bitchery—and I personally feel Meghan would benefit from observing the true masters at play. Meghan is now very close to power, and while some of the Royal’s sparkle has waned since the time of Queen Anne, they still have some (and let’s be honest, more than you or I do.) Now that Meghan has joined the fray, it would probably help if she knew what she was up against, and how to play the game—because as someone who lived in the UK for three years, I can attest to this, Americans and Brits don’t come at people in the same way.
Furthermore, The Favourite would demonstrate to her that tearing her down isn’t personal—it’s just business. A sh*tty business, for sure, but she’s one more person that stands between them and the immediate royal family. It’s always easier to tear someone down than try to get into their good graces, just ask any teenage girl between the grades of 7th and 12th grade, it’s a fact we know all too well.
Meghan Markle is in a precarious position—she can’t fight back overtly against the gossip that is plaguing her right now, but The Favourite could help her come up with a game plan that’s more in line with how these types of people fight—dirty, and discreetly.
So Meghan, if you’re reading this and were on the fence about The Favourite, I give it my Meghan Markle seal of approval. See it as soon as you can.
And Meghan? Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
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