Does Meghan Markle Have A British Accent Now?

posted by Jonathan - 

Meghan Markle made history a couple of months ago by becoming the first American in the Royal Family by marrying Prince Harry and immediately changing from an L.A.-born actress to the Duchess of Sussex. 

But has hanging around the Royal Family 24/7 actually changed her accent?

Check out this video that was posted on Twitter a couple of weeks ago.  It's starting to go viral because people have pointed out that...well...it seems that the Duchess is speaking a little differently than she used to.

While it's not a full-blown British accent, there are definitely some inflections and undertones in her voice, especially saying phrases like "Thank You", and a few people have been pretty quick to point that out.

Some are even accusing her of faking it for her new role:

Here's what I'll say in the Duchess's defense.  There IS something called the chameleon effect.  It's one of the very few things that I retained from my 2 semesters of Psych classes in college.  It's defined as follows:

The chameleon effect refers to nonconscious mimicry of the postures, mannerisms, facial expressions, and other behaviors of one's interaction partners, such that one's behavior passively and unintentionally changes to match that of others in one's current social environment.

Basically, whenever you spend an extended period of time around a group of people, you unconsciously pick up certain attributes of their behavior and mirror them.  Having been basically on a nonstop tour of the United Kingdom since the Royal Wedding, it's certain that she's started to pick up British customs, and yes, perhaps even an accent, in a relatively short period of time.

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