Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fell in love after a mutual friend set them up on a blind date. Although the couple appears to be head over heels for one another, a historian claims Princess Diana may be responsible for the couple’s strong bond.

Since Harry married Meghan in 2018, the two have put on a united front as they defied royal traditions. While Meghan’s Hollywood past has been blamed for the couple’s declining popularity, David Starkey claimed it may be what Harry admires about her.

The historian told the Daily Mail that Meghan’s behavior is similar to how Princess Diana acted when she entered the royal spotlight. “Meghan is behaving like a celebrity, but Diana behaved like a celebrity,” he explained.

“I always said that Diana was a strange phenomenon, she was the daughter of an English earl, but she behaved as though she’d been born in California, which I think may very well be one of the things that attracted Harry to Meghan. He’s married his mother!”

Starkey suggested Meghan provides Prince Harry with the emotional support he needs. “Lots of insecure boys marry their mothers. Her influence over her husband, one can see he’s very much in his wife’s pocket, so Meghan is playing the dominant wife role very well,” the expert said.

Although Meghan may be helping Harry deal with his inner conflicts, she has been accused of being ungrateful for her new life and privileges.

“The problem is she has brought too much Hollywood entitlement with her. But her hypocrisy is just the same as any other member of the Hollywood elite: they all proclaim their eco-sensitivity while flying their private jets,” Starky shared.

“But she gets skewered — they, on the whole, don’t. She is the ‘woke’ member of the family.”

Despite the backlash, Meghan and Prince Harry have continued to dedicate their time to supporting various charities and bringing attention to an array of global issues.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
The Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex are pictured on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images