The comparisons to Wallis Simpson were made from the get-go, but thankfully, Meghan Markle is no Wallis. Yes, Meghan is divorced and she is American, but she is a long way from being Mrs. Simpson.
The popular story is that King Edward VIII abdicated for love – which was true, but it is only part of the reason. The British government was concerned over both Wallis and Edward’s pro-Nazi leanings. It made for a better story to say the king abdicated for love, but ultimately he was untrustworthy and so was Wallis. Meghan and Harry’s forthcoming marriage shouldn’t be compared to that situation. Not by a long shot.
If anything, Meghan is the anti-Wallis: she’s a softer, friendlier person who has that airy Californian way about her. She certainly isn’t shaking hands with any dictators, and her future husband is a friendly, jokey sort of fellow who loves sports and his military friends, whom he regards as family.
And while Meghan doesn’t have the iconic acting chops of fellow American-turned-princess Grace Kelly, she seems to have the heart and charisma to make a good royal. That friendliness and charisma (and being able to handle constant clicking cameras) are traits that shouldn’t be underestimated. I think Meghan will be a good match for Harry, and a good princess for the royal family. I wish them the best for the future.