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How Meghan Markle is challenging Royal tradition

Last Updated Oct 28, 2019 at 10:48 am EST

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. Oct. 02, 2019 (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

In today’s Big Story podcast, you probably saw the clip. Most of the world did. The Duchess of Sussex, in a scene from a documentary that aired this week, sincerely thanks the interviewer for asking her if she’s OK. “Not many people have asked me if I’m OK,” she adds, in what many who follow the Royal Family took to be a shot at her new in-laws.

But more important than the “shot” was the chaser: Markle admitted she’s not OK. That it’s been a struggle. That the past year has taken a toll on her. For a member of the family that embodies the phrase “stiff upper lip”, this was something new. Is it a sign of the times? Or a sign that the newest member of the family won’t let tradition dictate the way she lives her life? And if it’s the latter, what does that mean for the most tradition-laden family on the planet?

GUEST: Patricia Treble, writeroyalty.com, Maclean’s

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