She’s known for seeming to break protocols and customs often, but one of Meghan Markle’s first acts as the Duchess of Sussex may have set the tone for behavior that could be considered “worrisome” to senior members of the royal family.
According to the Podcast “Pod Save The Queen,” Markle’s coat of arms, which she designed herself is seen as symbolic in several ways—but none that are good. The design features a blue background to represent the Pacific Ocean, golden rays of sunshine, golden Californian poppies, wintersweet for Kensington Palace, three quills and a supporter songbird. During an episode of the podcast, body language expert Judi James and host Ann Gripper discussed the design, noting that it might be problematic for the royals.
“I’m just wondering whether a lot of the symbolism won’t actually be worrying the older royals,” James said. “Those three quills—the one thing they don’t like very much is being written about when it’s somebody saying the wrong thing”
“Also, I think they’re used to new royal brides who keep slightly quiet, at least for a few months, possibly a couple of years. We saw with Meghan, she hit the ground running and she’s the most eloquent member of all of that age group of royals which is fantastic—but she’s reasonably spontaneous with that” she added.
She went on to further discuss the songbird’s inclusion in the design, implying that there was a possibility it would be viewed as a threat by some of what she could do if her marriage didn’t work out.
“I think the songbird—is there a little bit of a threat there?” she said. “If anything goes wrong in the marriage, she’s going to sing like a canary and tell everyone what’s going on in the royal family? I’m sure that won’t happen, but like everything about Meghan there’s such a strong message there, such a personal message.”
“I think we’re hearing from her that she won’t be held back,” she added. “It’ll be interesting to see if anyone tries to hold back a little bit and make her more regal.”
The podcast resurfaced shortly after Markle and Prince Harry were criticized following his WE Day speech. The speech was widely ridiculed and the Duke of Sussex was referred to as a “hippie” by several critics.