MEGHAN Markle shares the same “spirit” and “courage” as her famous mother-in-law, according to Princess Diana’s voice coach.
Stewart Pearce, a close confidant of Diana in her final years, feels the Duchess of Sussex’s recent bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview – filled with revelations about her royal experience – mirrors Diana’s now infamous sit down with Martin Bashir.
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He said: “There is a vibrational difference, but the point is that the courage, the sensitivity that it took to come forth with those revelations was outstanding and I felt that what Meghan was actually living through was the spirit of revelation, the spirit of transparency that Diana was trying to achieve.”
Pearce, 68, says Diana was keen to speak her truth after living for 14 years under the Firm’s “never complain, never explain” mantra.
And when she sat down with Martin Bashir in 1995 her comments shocked the world.
The Duchess Of Sussex also caused shock when she spoke to Oprah Winfrey about her experiences of racism within the Royal Family, a lack of compassion, disinterest in her well being and ignorance to her suicidal thoughts.
Unlike Diana, however, a lot of what royal rogue Meghan said has been widely criticised, with some calling her claims outright “lies”.
TV firebrand Piers Morgan blasted Meghan for 17 “untrue, exaggerated or unprovable” slurs against the Royal Family.
He hit out at the “delusional duchess” and said many of the claims made in the interview are either untrue, inflated or impossible to prove.
But just like Diana, Pearce says, Meghan achieved in her mind what she set out to do – “speak her truth”.
“There is a similarity between both women that their voices have changed,” he explained.
The professional voice coach also believes that Meghan embodies Diana’s virtues and follows in her footsteps as a “female empowerment pioneer”.
“Diana was decades ahead of her time, she changed the world with hope, empowerment, kindness, and authenticity,” he said.
Pearce, who gave Diana private voice and presence lessons in the two years before her death in August, 1997, says that in his opinion the apparent public friction between Harry, Charles and William is not as severe as it seems.
“Being privy to these people’s lives, the stories we’ve heard about the boys not getting on or disparagement between Harry and his father, is the stuff of all our lives.
“In Harry’s tone of expression we do not hear spleen, anger, revenge, reprisal and hear no form of disrespect.
“What we hear is a young man emotionally excavating and having an emotional autopsy on what he believes the values of the world are.
“I happen to concur with his values. We are getting emotionally intelligent, speaking about the way we feel.”
Harry and Meghan officially stepped down as senior royals on March 31, last year and stopped using their HRH titles.
After stepping down they announced they would work towards becoming “financially independent”.
Pearce, who is writing a book about the Princess of Wales called ‘Diana, The Voice of Change’, also revealed the true toll husband Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles had on her mental health.
The emotional impact of Charles’ affair – which Diana infamously described as “there were three of us in this marriage” – was revealed to Pearce during a private voice session.
Pearce claims Diana told him: “There is no better way to dismantle a personality than to isolate it.”
Diana met with veteran coach Pearce, who also trained Margaret Thatcher and a string of Hollywood actors, under strict confidentiality to perfect her voice, poise and expression.
He added: “I remember our first meeting in 1995, I was mesmerised by the radiance which poured out of her eyes and grabbed hold of my arm and said: ‘You will work with me won’t you?’
“It was one of the most miraculous moments in my life.
“The book is both an honest, inspiring story about how a woman found the strength and courage to share her beliefs and passions with the public, and a work book for women to find their own voice and authentic self.”