Kate Middleton's Bond villain chat is a reminder of the price Meghan Markle was not prepared to pay, a royal expert claims.
The actor behind James Bond's latest villain, Rami Malek, has revealed a conversation he shared with the Duchess of Cambridge at the BAFTA Awards in early 2019.
According to News.com.au journalist Daniela Elser, Malek's story highlights the self-sacrifice anyone marrying into the firm must make.
A commitment Meghan decided against sticking to while Kate continues to thrive as a working senior royal.
Malek told TV host Jimmy Kimmel about his encounter not long after Kate had given birth to Prince Louis.
He said: "I just looked at Princess Kate at one point and I said, ‘This must be exhausting,’ and she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘You just had a baby, right?’
"She was taken aback, and she said, ‘How are you doing?’ And I said, ‘How are you?’ And in the most regal, elegant way she gave me a look, but you can tell. Imagine dressed to the nines, having to talk to all these actors.
"They’re so careful, but it was so cool because I think I caught her off-guard for a second and had that look of, in the most elegant, professional, royal way, ‘Yes, it’s a lot having a kid.’"
Elser says the anecdote touches on "one of the most fundamental but largely ignored facts" that being a royal is a job.
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She wrote: "For better or worse it is about slipping into one-shouldered Alexander McQueen confection, as Kate did, and, no matter the sleep deprivation of having a baby, getting out there giving good duchess.
"You cannot yawn on the job, look bored or lose your focus for a second because every blink, syllable and twitch is being photographed and videos by the press and the smartphone-toting public.
"It requires a seamless, perfect performance every. Damn. Time."
Next week is the second anniversary of the Sussexes' Southern Africa tour documentary, in which Meghan shares the strain of her new job.
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In hindsight, Elser says Meghan's quotes give a glimpse into how unprepared the former Suits actor was for life after her big royal wedding.
The duchess told interviewer Tom Bradby: "Not many people have asked if I’m ok … it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.
"It‘s not enough to just survive something, right? That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive, you’ve got to feel happy."
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Reflecting on the documentary Elser wrote for News.com.au: "What seems clearer and clearer is how intrinsically unaware Meghan was of what she was committing herself to.
"Not just to a husband but to a ceaseless, generally thankless job that required a level of self-abnegation no one can truly prepare for.
"A job that means putting on a lovely dress when you are exhausted and making small talk with actors for hours on monotonous end."
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