Meghan, the modern workplace and the millennial dilemma

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Meghan, the modern workplace and the millennial dilemma

The royal fallout has highlighted that millennials have different values and mindsets, and so are often misunderstood

Jo Ellison

Regardless of which side you stand in last week’s smackdown, the world vs the Windsors, it seems there is one big takeaway. The Duchess of Sussex said she tried to make her voice heard: and she’s made it very clear she will no longer be ignored.

Though at 39, Meghan only scrapes into that generation, her personality and outlook suggest that millennialism seeps through every pore. You can hear it in her ambitions to “live authentically” — how she “loves rescuing” things. You can feel it in the forgiveness she extends to people who “own” their culpability and apologise to her when she cries.

Notwithstanding the unique patina of patrimony, privilege and pomp that burnish this particular Windsor reckoning, Meghan’s beef follows a familiar millennial refrain. Despite her repeated efforts to speak to HR (even HRH has HR), no-one would listen to her concerns or take them seriously. She couldn’t do the things she wanted; her personal freedoms were impinged upon. Moreover, and most millennial-y, though she was clearly brilliant at fulfilling the job she had been given, making the monarchy seem more evolved, international and inclusive, she was held back from pursuing her own interests and causes, and didn’t get the role that she desired...

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