Meghan Markle has only been a duchess for six months but already she’s broken more rules than most members of the royal family do during a lifetime.
From wearing shorter hemlines to holding hands with her husband Prince Harry in pubic, the Duchess of Sussex isn’t afraid to do things her way.
Meghan’s individual streak has extended to her public engagements, with a new documentary revealing she likes to write her own speeches in contrast with royal protocol.
In US TV special Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries, royal reporter Omid Scobie explained how he made the discovery during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour.
“When she gave one of her first speeches in Fiji, she had notes with her that had all handwritten scribbles on before she went up,” Scobie said.
“And I asked a palace aide, ‘Has she written this herself?’ because that’s quite unusual for the royals, there’s usually other people.
“And they said, ‘This was all her. She’s been up for days working on this speech.’”
Normally members of the royal family will write speeches with help from palace aides and staff.
The only time a royal usually writes their own speech is when Queen Elizabeth gives her annual Christmas TV address reflecting on the year.
The documentary also revealed how Meghan’s handwritten speeches often verged on being controversial because of the subject matter.
“In these times and for this family it is pushing the envelope to give speeches on feminism,” Vanity Fair writer Michelle Ruiz said.
“It’s certainly something the Queen doesn’t do, nor does Kate Middleton do. Meghan is the feminist princess of our dreams.”
Meghan is certainly no stranger to penning her own speeches, giving an address to the UN Women conference in 2015.
She also ran blog The Tig for years, writing on everything from fashion to feminism until it was shut down earlier this year.
But it seems not everyone is a fan of her hands-on approach, with reports claiming the Duchess of Sussex has been bombarding her staff with texts.
Sources told the Daily Mail Meghan wakes at 5am and messages her aides up to seven times a day with ideas on how to shape her role.
A source previously told The Sun that “difficult” Meghan and Kate Middleton have clashed over the treatment of staff.
“She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment,” a royal insider said.
“However, there’s a different degree of respect in the royal household and Kate has always been very careful about how she has acted around staff.”
Originally published as Big royal rule Meghan is breaking