It's been a little more than six months since Meghan Markle joined the British royal family. At the time the American said "Yes" to Prince Harry, her contract began with "The Firm" as it is affectionately known in the United Kingdom.
And the former actress of "Suits", 37, has been flying with the American flag on high while stamping her unique personality in the institution of the monarchy.
With her multicultural marriages, liberal inclinations, sense of rebellious fashion, she has removed antiquated traditions: she wore a skirt above the knee in the theater in August, something that sister-in-law Kate Middleton would never do. Meghan was even at the center of a June parade when Irish politician Catherine Noone tweeted that the Duchess had told her that she was happy with the recent result of the country's referendum on legalized abortion. (It looks like verboten for royalty to be political).
Of course, much of this is just the old star that acts like a normal person, and highlights how ridiculous and outdated the actual protocol can be. In September, the Duchess made headlines and was hailed as a feminist simply because she closed the door of her car after leaving the Royal Academy of the Arts in London. Such a low-level task is usually reserved for a flunky.
But the winds are changing in the old and suffocating house of Windsor thanks to the Californian beauty of mixed race. Look at the easy and windy portraits that marked the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, with lots of laughs and Charles embracing his grandchildren (something we never saw him do with his own children). Meghan is telling everyone that it's okay to loosen up a bit.
Even the way in which Prince Harry and Meghan interact in public, the constant and poignant looks, seems to have influenced the other royal family. Take Prince William and Kate, who have always behaved in a very rigid and formal way that feels more out of the Victorian era than in the Instagram era.
In a rare display of tenderness at the wedding of William's cousin, Princess Eugenie, with Jack Brooksbank in October, the parents of three were seen holding hands. At one point, Kate placed the palm of her hand on William's thigh, a movement miles away from her usual habit of keeping a few inches between her and her spouse.
English journalist Phil Dampier told The Post that the Duchess of Sussex is really stirring things up. The stalker, who has a previous marriage behind her, did not grow up in royal awe because of the way she grew up with the most respectful Kate.
"Meghan has been launched," said the author of "Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in his own words." She went on to explain that her American openness and her experience as an actress have helped her pave her way.
"Princess Diana and Kate Middleton were very nervous when they started in the royal family, but Meghan is already a successful public speaker," said Dampier. "She is also helping Harry with his speeches … He is doing more and more without [the need for] notes
"Meghan has not set foot wrong."
Although she was criticized a little for her uncomfortable fashion choices immediately after the wedding, she quickly refined her style, favoring the designs that hug the figures and avoiding the use of hats. The newlyweds triumphed in their recent tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, where they delighted the fans with their open attitude and the ease of Princess Diana with ordinary people. While Kate tends to keep a safe distance between herself and the subjects of Queen Elizabeth, Meghan has no problem hugging people through crowd control barriers.
Of course, some Windsor watchers will always find something to complain about. When the Duchess of Sussex announced her pregnancy five months after the marriage, there were murmurs that the 37-year-old woman would be a "geriatric mother."
Eyebrows were also lifted earlier this month by the sudden departure of a personal assistant on the staff of Harry and Meghan. It followed the resignations of Communications Secretary Katrina McKeever of Kensington Palace in September and the former member of Harry's right-hand man, Edward Lane Fox, who is believed to have left office earlier than expected.
Dampier believes the assistant's last exit is a false lead: the turnover rate of employees at Buckingham Palace is notoriously high due to low salaries. But Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, is not so sure.
"There are a lot of rumors that Meghan is a diva and the staff is leaving because of that," she told The Post. "They're saying she's also upset with Kate and William, she's not the most popular girl on the block."
It has just been announced that Meghan and Harry will move from their excavations at Kensington Palace (where William and Kate also live) to Windsor, outside of London, in the New Year.
Dampier, a former royal correspondent for The Sun newspaper in Britain, believes there may be some competitive feelings coming from Kate, who was on maternity leave when Meghan first appeared on the scene.
"There is no solid evidence of that, but I'm sure there will be a bit of jealousy," he said. (To be fair, it is likely that Kate is under more pressure to be perfect, since she will probably be the queen of England someday).
While Meghan, born in the United States, is one of the favorites of the middle and lower classes of Britain, some members of the elite have not yet been won.
"The Establishment is a little skeptical about its exit to all kinds of private places and the hands of the unfortunate," said Seward, author of "My Husband and I," about the 70-year marriage of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. "I think they feel that she's too much of an actress."
Still, the Duchess of Sussex has a full schedule and is very hardworking. It is said that he gets up at 5 a.m. and send six or seven text messages a day to staff with ideas and requests.
Seward added: "[Working hard] it's a very admirable trait when it comes to the British. "