The Duchess of Sussex (formerly and still often referred to as Meghan Markle) has become one of the most recognizable figures in the world since her high-profile marriage to Prince Harry of the United Kingdom.\nThe American-born former actress has already made an impact on the royal family. As a newcomer to the famously private Windsor clan, she has fundamentally altered both the family dynamic and public perception of its members.\nIn fact, many of the Duchess' early achievements and obstacles are similar to those experienced by Princess Diana after to marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. Of course, Markle will never achieve the same titles or rank as Diana. But the parallels between the two women are nonetheless striking.\nALSO READ: A Photo Has Leaked Showing Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Secret Home And It's Surprisingly Normal\nTL;DR Listed below are 7 similarities between the Duchess of Sussex and late Princes of wales, their achievements, and obstacles.\nBelow are seven apt comparisons between the Duchess of Sussex and late Princess of Wales. During her lifetime, Diana transformed the monarchy and royal family. Meghan seems poised to do the same.\nShe's a progressive disrupter\nMarkle has become a refreshing, subtly subversive force in Kensington Palace. While she earns public acclaim for her work ethic, public outreach, and protocol-breaking outfits, for example, other members of the royal family are reportedly put off by these efforts.\nReports also suggest that members of her own staff have quit over professional differences. The Queen herself disapproves of Markle's American, "Hollywood" style, according to the Mirror.\nView this post on Instagram Sláinte Ireland! This evening The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met people from across the country that are shaping Ireland’s future – including Rugby legend @BrianODriscoll ⬅️ #RoyalVisitIreland A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:13pm PDT\nPrincess Diana, too, brought a shot of energy and progressivism to the royal family. Her willingness to embrace and engage with members of the public made her one of the most adored figures of the twentieth century.\nAccording to USA Today, it was Diana's openness that forced the family to reimagine its image and role in the contemporary era.\nMarkle, like Diana, is proving that it is again time for the royal family to modernize.\nTreatment by the media\nFrom the very moment she entered the royal family through marriage, Diana was the subject of intense media scrutiny. Tabloids fabricated narrative arcs to explain rumours and cast the Princess as a hero one week and villain the next.\nThe Duchess of Sussex, too, finds her public image going through cycles of popularity. She is reportedly even frustrated by the royal rules that prevent her from defending herself.\nView this post on Instagram The Duchess of Sussex yesterday attended a meeting with The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at King’s College London. Her Royal Highness joined university leaders, academics and international scholarship students as they discussed the role of higher education in addressing issues such as human trafficking, modern slavery, gender equality, peace and reconciliation, and climate change. In a speech during the Royal Visit to Fiji in October, The Duchess announced two ACU Gender Grants for the University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University, to fund new learning initiatives aimed at empowering female university staff and promoting gender equality. A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 6, 2018 at 3:03am PST\nAs with Diana, publications lose sight of the fact that Markle is just human, with the same feelings as everyone else.\nShe doesn't get along with everyone in the royal family\nBritish media went into a frenzy over reports that the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge (the former Kate Middleton) do not get along.\nTo be clear, Markle is under no obligation to love every member of her family. All families are composed of individuals with purely cordial associations.\nBut this enmity between Markle and Middleton does seem to have caused a bit of a rift between brother Princes Harry and William. The Queen even had to step in to encourage all parties to resolve their disagreements.\nView this post on Instagram Wishing all of our followers a Happy New Year and a fantastic 2019! Click the link in our bio or visit our #IGTV channel to see some of our favourite moments of 2018 🎥 A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 31, 2018 at 4:17pm PST\nDrama between the Duchess of Sussex and the Markle family have only compounded the perception of family rife with conflict. Markle's father was mysteriously unable to attend her wedding after reports surfaced claiming that the patriarch conspired with the paparrazi to stage seemingly candid photos of himself. Meghan's step-siblings, meanwhile, have repeatedly disparaged her.\nDiana famously disliked other members of the royal family, especially the queen. Markle's relationship with her kin has not deteriorated to such an extreme low and likely never will, but the parallels between media coverage of her and Diana's family ties are striking.\nShe's frustrated by royal life\nThe web of rules, relentless scrutiny, and restrictions on self-expression are reportedly annoying the Duchess. Protocol and staff govern everything from her daily schedule to the way she displays affection toward her husband. Markle is also reportedly skeptical of whom she can trust in the world of royal intrigue.\nView this post on Instagram 🇳🇿 Thank you Rotorua for the incredibly warm welcome for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the final day of their tour to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand! 📷PA #RoyalVisitNZ #NewZealand #Rotorua A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 31, 2018 at 1:55am PDT\nAll of that, in addition to an inability to speak out, can be discouraging. Diana also grew disillusioned with princess life. In contrast to Markle, however, she became scandilously vocal about her frustrations.\nThe Duchess of Sussex is still in an adjustment period and it's likely she'll adapt to her role in the coming year. Though, her current frustrations are understandable.\nIt's unlikely that her dissatisfaction will escalate to the point that she, like Diana, begins to publicly denounce the instutition of the royal family. But in their discontent, both the Duchess and Princess have highlighted issues with the sometimes unfair expectations both the family and public hold for royals, especially royal women.\nShe has become a celebrity\nMarkle's trajectory has made her a celebrity in the eyes of the public. From a working-class American background, she reached her professional peak as an actress on the show Suits, which filmed in Toronto. She would eventually date and, in an elaborate 2018 ceremony in Westminster Abbey, marry Prince Harry. Markle has been henceforth known as the Duchess of Sussex.\nThis modern fairytale-like plot drew the attention of millions of jealous and ambitious fans of the royal family. With connections in the United States, Canada, and UK, Meghan has also become a multinational figure and, in North America, a claim to royalty.\nView this post on Instagram "You are the salt of the earth – honest, hardworking and as tough as they come. And that resilience, sense of humour and commitment to the land are the qualities that make you unique. You are the backbone of this country." — Thank you to everyone that came out in the rain in Dubbo to meet The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Dubbo A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:50am PDT\nDiana became a similar icon when, at just age twenty, she married Prince Charles. Quickly, however, her notoriety matched her fame. These competing public images would follow the Princess throughout her marriage.\nWhile Meghan's celebrity is entirely different from Diana's, public attention to their stories and activities is certainly of note. Markle has received more scrutiny, for example, than even Kate Middleton.\nThe Duchess of Sussex also has an avid and growing fan base. Entire Twitter accounts are devoted to her every move. Her celebrity is only going to grow.\nPeople obsess over her fashion\nOpting for business-chic attire and muted colours, the Duchess of Sussex has developed a signature style. Since her wedding ceremony, tabloids, designers, and common folk, alike, have obsessed over her every outfit.\nView this post on Instagram The #RoyalWedding exhibition at Windsor Castle is now open — the exhibition’s audio guide includes contributions from both The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Visit @RoyalCollectionTrust to find out more. #WindsorCastle A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 26, 2018 at 6:59am PDT\nView this post on Instagram More than 23,000 children in New Zealand are affected by having a parent in prison, with these children nine times more likely than their peers to end up in prison as adults — Pillars are working to break the cycle of crime by fostering connections between the children of prisoners and positive role models. Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were joined by Prime Minister @JacindaArdern as they presented Pillars Awards to young people involved in their programmes, to help assist them in achieving their goals. #RoyalVisitNZ #NewZealand #Auckland A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 29, 2018 at 10:39pm PDT\nDiana, too, became a style icon. Her gowns and more casual clothes defined the fashion of the 1980s.\nMarkle's style perhaps also speaks to larger social and fashion trends. Her elegant sleek suits and coats give her an impressive, commanding presence at a cultural moment that rightfully celebrates powerful women.\nShe yearns for some privacy\nLast week, a leaked photo that showed Harry and Meghan's private country home offered the first glimpse of the couple's private life. The home was, in fact, surprisingly normal.\nRoyal excl: first picture of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s Cotswold pad. It’s a gorgeous £2.5million Grade II listed farmhouse and barn conversion. pic.twitter.com/IL11GMdcVC\n— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) January 9, 2019\nThe image was a welcome perspective on the royal duo, but also indicated their desire for some privacy. The modest farmhouse is far from the inquisitive eyes of curious fans, neighbours, and paparazzi.\nThe desire for privacy may also be the motivating factor behind Meghan and Harry's decision to move out of Kensington Palace, where many other members of the family also reside.\n@kensingtonroyalembedded via\nDiana similarly fought for privacy from often vicious family members and invasive press. And while Meghan's struggle for privacy is much less intense than Diana's, the issue, which is likely to persist for years, may eventually transform the monarchy and its relation to the public.\nRecall that Diana effected a shift in the way the press interacts with the royal family and, in turn, the expectations members of the family hold for each other. In her work to attain privacy, Meghan is bracing to do the same.\nStay tuned.