Former ‘Ladies Of London’ Star Julie Montagu Can Relate To Meghan Markle’s Royal Struggle
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Ladies of London star Julie Montagu but with the recent news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen to leave the royal family behind, her thoughts on UK society are more relevant than ever.
In a new interview promoting her upcoming Smithsonian Channel show, An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates, the former Bravo reality star opened up about what it must have been like for Meghan Markle the past few years. Like Meghan, Julie is an American who has married into royalty.
As Bravo viewers may remember, Julie starred on Ladies of London for three seasons and it was a breakout hit for the network, capitalizing on the “upstairs/downstairs” phenomenon at the time. Throughout the show’s short span, viewers were given an inside look at UK society and sometimes, the Royals.
The season 2 cast of Ladies of London. From left to right: Annabelle Neilson, Caroline Fleming, Marissa Hermer, Caroline Stanbury, Juliet Angus, and Julie Montagu.
In a new interview to promote her new show, Julie tells PEOPLE that the hardest thing about marrying her husband was “adapting to a more formal lifestyle. For example, some of the modern — and lazy — conveniences that we may be used to would never exist in the Royal world. “It’s not near as laid back as what I was used to,” explained Julie. “There’s no going in your PJs to have breakfast.”
Despite appearing on reality television and having this new TV show, Montagu has felt the constraints of societal and can relate to Meghan in that capacity, as well. “With the aristocracy, it’s still formal, but I imagine the royal family is just that much more,” she said. “I don’t have to curtsy all the time or have as many formal dinners. Plus, I get to voice my opinions and be openly political if I wish – Meghan can’t.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially left the Royal family.
Part of Meghan’s decision to flee the Royal family has been because of the press and while there is an argument that says ‘Meghan must have known what she was getting into’, Julie claims that simply isn’t true. “You don’t know what you’re getting into until you’re in it, especially with the monarchy,” she said.
“People can tell you and they can try to prepare you, but you don’t know,” she continued. “There is a real difference between Britain and America. We may speak the same language, but it’s completely two different cultures, and more so with the royal family. There are traditions. There are protocols.”
As a result, the clash of the two worlds simply may have been too much for Meghan, suspects Julie. “We’re very open and that’s what makes Americans, in my view, so wonderful,” she explained. “We’re vulnerable. We open up. It’s different over here. People have been brought up a different way and it’s sort of like I need to get to know you first before I’m going to really open up to you.”
Ladies of London is one of the best Bravo shows of all-time so it is definitely great to hear from Julie and to see what she is up to all of these years after the show. The first season of the Bravo hit also starred Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Juliet Angus, Annabelle Neilson, Caprice Bourret, and Noelle Reno. Caroline Fleming and Sophie Stanbury later joined the cast after Caprice and Noelle left after the first season and are known as true stars of the show.
Seeing as the Royals are making more news than ever, Julie is still open to doing reality TV, and the fact that some of her former co-stars are still good friends, now might be the perfect time for a little reboot.
Ladies of London aired on Bravo from 2014 – 2017.