Making the jump from an American lifestyle that of a British aristocrat isn't easy—and few would know better than Julie Montagu, also known as Viscountess Hinchingbrooke. As an American who married a blue-blooded Brit, the Ladies of London star has a unique insight to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's situation.
Montagu shared her observations of the royal couple with People, noting that Meghan has had just as much of an influence on Harry. "I think that Meghan has slightly Americanized Harry. I love it," she said.
Indeed, Harry might find an American perspective useful. "I always say whenever you meet an American, you know their life story within 24 hours," Montagu recently told Town & Country. "We're very emotionally open, which I think for Harry is actually a really good thing. He'll be able to talk about his feelings, probably more than he was able to talk about over here."
The Viscountess also defended their recent move to L.A., though she admitted she thought they'd stay in Canada. "Anywhere is more private than being a member of the royal family in Britain," Montagu told People. "Now that the dust has settled with their move and they've dropped their HRH titles — they're now ready to be normal. I think that they will keep their [new] house very, very private as far as photos go."
And the downside to giving up those titles? "I think there are some people thinking that Harry is going to miss royal duties and the lifestyle, and I mean, he may miss parts of it," Montagu said. "But I think that this is what Harry's always wanted—an escape."
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