The Queen Broke The Rules
Royal experts have questioned why Queen Elizabeth has bent and broken so many rules for Meghan Markle. Before she even tied the knot with Harry, the Queen let Meghan attend the royal family’s Christmas party, something that was previously only done by family members. Additionally, Harry became the first royal to marry a divorcee in a church. These things, amongst others, did not bode well with Prince Charles…
She Made Kate Cry
Meghan Markle did herself no favors when it emerged that she reportedly made Kate Middleton cry shortly before her wedding. According to a royal insider, the bride put a lot of pressure on Kate and her daughter Princess Charlotte and wanted her to wear “the very best” bridesmaid dress. “Kate had only just given birth to her third child, Prince Louis, and was feeling quite emotional,” an insider told the Daily Telegraph. It appears that things aren’t going so well between the couples.
Down The Royal Pecking Order
Trooping the color is always a glorious occasion, celebrating the armies of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, as well as the Queen’s “official” birthday. At some stage during the procession, the royal family can be seen watching the awesome spectacle. However, one thing about the layout of the family that many noticed was how Kate was standing at the front, while Meghan Markle was towards the back with Harry. While all of this was happening, she simply wanted to talk to her husband…
Turn Around, Meghan
In a truly baffling moment, when it seemed like all Meghan wanted to do was say something to Harry, the Prince didn’t look so happy. According to a lip-reading expect, Harry instructed his wife to turn around and face forward like everyone else. Jacqui Press confirmed with The Daily Mail that Harry had said to Meghan, “Yes, that’s right…Turn around…look. This begs the question: why was he so harsh and is there something deeper going on here?
Are They Having Problems?
It appears that the reason Harry instructed Meghan to turn around was because the national anthem was playing. In light of the strange moment, many speculated that all wasn’t well between the two. It also seemed like Meghan didn’t take Harry’s words too well. Other sources claimed that Harry was making sure some of the kids were paying attention to the anthem. When Meghan wasn’t doing what the kids were doing, this is what triggered Harry…
Another recent incident hit home just how trivial the “turn around” moment was in hindsight. At the Order of the Garter, another important royal service, Duchess Camilla could be seen gently asking Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and Kate Middleton to stop talking and face the front. It was practically the same scenario that Meghan Markle faced a few weeks prior, only Camilla treated Kate with much more respect than Harry did with Meghan. There is a good chance that some double standards are at play here…
Another detail that was always bound to rub up the royal family the wrong way was the fact that Meghan Markle has already been married once in her life before she even met Prince Harry. The former actress started dating Trevor Engelson back in 2004 and after a few years of dating, the couple tied the knot in 2011. However, they decided to go their separate ways about 18 months later and finalized their divorce in August 2013. It’s just another thing that made her integration into royal life problematic.
It was only recently that Harry and Meghan tried another method in reaching out to their followers, by creating the official “Sussex Royal” Instagram account. However, royal expert Melanie Bromley was quick to poke holes at the account and how captions don’t read like they’re written by a royal. “They keep making mistakes on their Instagram,” she said. She pointed out the error in which a caption used the term “everyday” instead of “every day.” American terms such as “cribs” and “diapers” were also used.
“Don’t Marry Actresses”
Another reason why Meghan Markle might not be able to fit into the royal family is because of her background as an actress. While putting on an act for the Queen would seem like a strength going in her favor, Meghan will ultimately need to display some transparency in order to win the family’s trust. Moreover, it is reported that Prince Philip warned Harry about marrying Markle, for this very reason. “One steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them,” he reportedly said.
Despite what Prince Philip reportedly told Prince Harry about marrying Meghan Markle, the Queen’s husband has also displayed behavior that implies he very much supports her inclusion into the royal family. Philip was one of the first people to meet baby Archie and was very much a part of the family’s beautiful photoshoot shortly after his birth. Not to mention the fact that Philip ended up making a surprise appearance at Meghan and Harry’s wedding, even though he was still recovering from a hip operation.
The “Degree” Wife
It’s not just Prince Philip who has been skeptical about Meghan Markle’s place in the royal family. According to The Sunday Times, a senior royal figure referred to her as “the degree wife,” alluding to how it takes most British students three years to obtain a degree. They used this nickname to imply that the couple’s marriage will “only last three years.” However, this wasn’t the first time that a royal insider gave Meghan Markle an unflattering nickname…
She’s High Maintenance?
Other nicknames that people have reportedly given Meghan Markle imply that she is incredibly high maintenance. These include “Me-Gain,” which is believed to refer to the way that she treats her staff. However, her most infamous moniker of recent times has been “Duchess Difficult,” having reportedly sent out emails in the early hours for all sorts of demands. According to The Sunday Times, she “yelled at someone for suggesting she wear ‘garbage’ tights from M&S.” And it’s not just staff who reportedly believe this…
She’s Changed Harry
According to Duncan Larcombe, who wrote about the royal family for The Sun for many years, Meghan’s struggle to fit in has also changed the way that Harry behaves around his contemporaries. “All of Harry’s staff have always thought he was fantastic, but the two of them [together] are high maintenance,” Larcombe said. He also claimed that the prince has become “quite grumpy and aloof.” Amazingly, Harry’s not the only royal who has reportedly had to bend over backwards for Meghan Markle…
He Always Stands Up For Her
Another factor that seems to be driving a wedge between Meghan Markle and the royal family are the lengths that Prince Harry must go to in order to appease both parties. Harry has always been a fairly rebellious figure in the family. Now that he’s married, Harry’s loyalties are constantly tested as he is liaising with two parties with very different beliefs. According to an insider, “Harry stood up for Meghan very forcibly” on numerous occasions.
William Warned His Brother
It wasn’t just Prince Philip who advised Harry not to marry an actress. According to The Sunday Times, Prince William had warned his brother not to make such a big decision so quickly. He asked him if he was “sure” that he wanted to marry Meghan Markle so quickly. Despite the apprehensions from both William and his grandfather, Harry was convinced that he had found the right woman and tied the knot with her six months after proposing to her.
Chelsy To The Rescue?
In light of the recent rumors that all isn’t well with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, a recent rumor surfaced involving one of the latter’s ex’s – Chelsy Davy. According to New Idea‘s Phil Dampier, Davy was seen arriving in the U.K. and wanted to check in on her royal ex to make sure everything was OK. “I don’t have any doubt that Chelsy was the love of Harry’s life and he will always carry a torch for her,” Dampier said.
Not Following Protocol
In light of the incident, a number of experts have called Meghan Markle out on her reported inability to follow standard royal protocol. “I see Meghan still doesn’t follow protocol, Harry had to correct her and tell her to face forward.. TWICE,” one insider claimed. “She eventually turned around and looked like she was going to start crying.” According to numerous experts, Meghan’s struggle to fit in with royal traditions and customs can simply boil down to the fact that there are cultural differences…
The “Fab Four” Are Splitting Up
Another indicator that things aren’t going well between the two couples is the fact that Meghan and Harry are desperate to do their own thing. Ever since moving out of Kensington Palace and separating their staff, many have speculated that Harry, Meghan, William and Kate are not on the same page. Recently, it was announced that Sussex would split from The Royal Foundation, a charity established by William and Harry. “That’s a real sign there’s a problem,” a former royal worker told The Times.
Moving To Africa?
One of the reasons that Sussex is splitting from The Royal Foundation is because Harry and Meghan desperately want to pursue their own charitable endeavors. Another report that backed the idea of Harry and Meghan wanting to distance themselves from royal activity claimed that they were planning a potential move to Africa. For a long time, Harry has been passionate about Sentebale, an organization that supports children’s mental and physical health in countries such as Botswana and Lesotho.
Pressure From The Media
There is no denying that the media and the public voice also places a lot of pressure on Meghan Markle, when it comes to her role in the royal family. However, one of the Duchess’s friends, Priyanka Chopra, believes that Meghan is being treated unfairly due to her background. “I’ve seen that and it’s really unfortunate. But if there’s anyone who can handle it, it’s her,” the actress said. “Of course it has to do with racism, it’s an obvious reason.”
The Queen Is Not Attending Archie’s Christening
You would think that a baby would bring a family closer together. However, it seems like in certain ways, baby Archie’s arrival hasn’t helped that much after all. It is believed that the Queen won’t be attending his christening, despite showing up to her other grandchildren’s ceremonies. While no one really understands why she won’t be present, the following detail makes the situation even more confusing: The Queen is organizing a big 38th birthday party for Meghan…
Wife Before Friends
It is believed that Prince Harry no longer hangs out with his best friends ever since marrying Meghan Markle. Having been friends with Tom Inskip and Astrid Harbord since his school days, another friend claimed that Harry shifted all of his attention over to his wife. “Tom has been dropped,” the friend said. “It’s all part of Meghan’s quiet airbrushing out of Harry’s old posse. She doesn’t want temptation – of any sort – being put in his way while they concentrate on starting a family.”
Another detail that sets Meghan Markle apart from her in-laws is her determination to be herself. This also applies to the way she dresses, even after tying the knot with Harry. On numerous occasions, royal enthusiasts have called out the former Suits star after wearing sleeveless dresses at public events. Also, there is a common belief that royal female figures always have to wear formal tights in public. Whether this is true or not, Meghan has gone out with bare legs plenty of times, much to the family’s dismay.
Her Other Family
If there was one detail that could also prevent Meghan Markle from fully integrating into the royal family, then it’s the family she was born into. Not only has Meghan’s half-sister Samantha been spiteful towards her ever since she revealed her plans to marry Harry, but her family come from a completely different socioeconomic background. Not to mention the fact that Meghan doesn’t speak with her half-brother, Tom Jr. At this stage, she is struggling to fit in with both of her families…
The most recent incident is the latest in a long line of moments that indicate that Meghan Markle might never be able to truly fit into the royal family. However, the biggest detail that might’ve spelled doom for her since the very beginning was the fact that she’s American. Not only did the British public find the news that Harry was dating a woman from “across the pond” kind of strange, but it might be too late for Meghan to comfortably take on all of these new traditions…
It seems important for Prince Charles to have positive feelings towards his daughter-in-law. An anonymous family member told Vanity Fair that the Prince of Wales is developing a “lovely relationship with the duchess.” “Charles showed so much love towards Harry and Meghan,” he said. “I think Harry will be eternally grateful to his papa for stepping in and giving Meghan’s hand in marriage.” However, other members of the royal family don’t necessarily share the same feelings about Meghan that Charles does.
Is She Trying Too Hard?
Some have speculated that maybe Meghan Markle has put herself in an impossible situation. PR expert Nick Ede believes that maybe she has given herself too much work. “This is somebody who has just entered the Royal Family, who is working quadruply as hard as she was learning scripts for Suits,” he said. “She has actually put herself in the position where it’s not an easy life – there are far easier things to do than this.”
Is She Abusing Her Newfound Wealth?
In light of Meghan Markle’s most recent “investment,” the British public is convinced that she is spending money in an “non-royal” way. Royal accounts revealed that the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have a spent a staggering $3 million in order to give their Frogmore Cottage home an elaborate refurbishment. Members of the public are in uproar about the report, especially since a chunk of the taxpayer’s money goes towards the royal family. And it’s not just the public that has complained about this…
Berated By Celebrities
It’s not the first time that Meghan Markle has spent lots of money. She is believed to have spent in excess of $400,000 on the luxurious baby shower she had in New York. Not to mention the cool $1 million she spent on her Givenchy-laden wardrobe. As a result, talk-show host Piers Morgan compared the Duchess of Sussex to Marie Antoinette, due to her extravagant ways. “She can’t have her cake and eat it,” Morgan said regarding the spending.
Why Her & Not Me?
While Kate Middleton was excited to at the Royal Ascot with the Queen, Meghan Markle was nowhere to be seen. At first, fans speculated that the Duchess of Sussex was not on good terms with the family and this why she didn’t attend. However, it’s pretty clear why: she’s still on maternity leave. Although Meghan Markle temporarily broke her leave for Trooping the Color, she is technically supposed to take six months off from her official royal duties.
They Won’t All Be At Wimbledon Together
Due to Prince Harry and William’s reported fallout, it is believed that, like last year, only Meghan and Kate will be attending Wimbledon, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments of the year. According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, it is “absolutely the case” that the brothers had a falling out and this is why the four won’t be there this year. “I was told by a very senior royal source that actually they weren’t talking to each other at one point,” she said.
Sharing Their Struggles With The World
Recently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a documentary with the world in which they opened up about their struggles within the royal family. The documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey has already been broadcast in Europe, Africa, and Australia and has reportedly “worried” royal officials due to some of the things that Harry and Meghan have said. This includes how royal life has affected their mental and emotional wellbeing. Meghan has been particularly open…
I’m Not OK
In the documentary, Meghan spoke about the pressures of being a newlywed and a mother for the first time. However, she also turned a lot of heads when she implied that the royal family hasn’t been as emotionally supportive of her as she would have hoped. “As a woman, it’s a lot,” she said. “Thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
That Was a Close Shave
Anyone with a basic knowledge of British history knows that the royal family has suffered some terrible tragedies in the past. Representatives were bracing themselves for another one when it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan were just 10 feet away from crashing in their private jet. Apparently, an illegal drone was flying too close to the plane, which was flying the couple from Nice to Luton. If the device had collided with the jet, all aboard the plane would’ve died.
While she wouldn’t be the first member of the royal family to have some sort of legal entanglement, it is an issue that Meghan Markle would rather do without. She has been having an ongoing legal battle with media outlets, with her eyes set on one particular newspaper. Meghan is sueing the Mail on Sunday after it published a letter that she had sent in private to her father, Thomas Markle, just after her wedding to Harry in 2018.
From Royalty To The Simple Life…
Everyone knows that Meghan Markle wasn’t born into the Royal family, and, having made the radical transition as an American actress into the regal traditions of Buckingham Palace, there have been many incidents that suggest that Markle just isn’t taking to royal life. So much so, the Duke and Duchess and Sussex have chosen to uproot their lives and split half of their time in North America, leaving the royal family behind.
A Private Christmas
The big announcement that seemed not to have been cleared in advance left the Royal Family surprised and “disappointed.” Knowing what we know, it couldn’t have come as much of a shock to anyone. Harry and Meghan have been leaning towards exiting their royal life for months. The couple missed the traditional royal Christmas in Sandringham, they spent the holiday in their private house on Vancouver Island in Canada and did not take part in any public engagement during that period.
No More Crown Jewels?
The Queen reportedly prevented Meghan Markle from having access to jewelry from the Royal Collection, while being more lenient to her other daughter-in-law, Kate. Commentator Gavin Gray said the following on the matter: “There was this row where Meghan wanted this particular necklace, Harry said ‘Meghan gets what Meghan wants,’ and the Queen turned around and said ‘oh, no, she doesn’t. I decide what necklace is going to be worn out of the Royal Collection.'” This is just the start of Meghan and Kate’s reported feud…
It is no secret that Meghan has struggled with her portrayal in the media since marrying into the Royal Family. A part of Meghan and Harry’s decision to step down is linked to how the couple is portrayed in the media. Harry has been open about the struggle as well, “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he said in a statement. “I lost my mother, and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
Time for Change
Because Meghan has been portrayed negatively in the media numerous times, it comes as no surprise that the announcement about stepping back was paired with the launch of a new website that has a section dedicated to the couple’s media coverage. This means that Harry and Meghan will no longer partake in the royal media system, in which one media outlet covers an event and shares the photographs to other organizations. The couple has decided to work with young journalists to provide objective news reportings to credible media outlets.
An Actress That Lives for Activism
Another issue that has distanced Meghan from the royals over the years is her longing to advocate for specific causes that are important to her. Over the years, the duchess has been an advocate for mental health on a personal level but has not gotten the chance to address the subject on a public level. As a royal, Meghan is particularly constrained in what she can say. Taking a step back from the royal life will give Markle a chance to dig into matters that hit close to home.
The Life She Once Lived
Although it is not certain exactly where Meghan and Harry may end up moving, they believe that there needs to be a “geographical balance,” as they have described it. This will allow them to raise Archie “with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born” while also giving them the space they need to work on building a future. This raises the question, does Meghan perhaps miss her acting life more than expected? Did becoming a royal mean giving up too much of herself?
A True Disney Princess
The answer to our question came more quickly than expected when the duchess signed a deal with Disney in return for a donation to a wildlife charity. This gives Markle a chance to reconnect with her acting roots while giving back. Reportedly, the actress will be doing a voiceover for an unspecified Disney project in exchange for a donation towards Elephants Without Borders, a conservation charity. This isn’t the first time the couple has been linked to Disney…
The duo has many previous connections with Disney, including the two attending the European premiere of The Lion King back in July of 2019. The premiere was held in support of African Parks, an organization Prince Harry supports avidly. Disney also gifted the young parents a watercolor Winnie-the-Pooh animation to celebrate the birth of their son, Archie. The couple has been balancing a Hollywood/royal lifestyle for a while, and it seems as though it was always hard for Meghan to leave that part of her life behind.
Despite their decision to leave the royals, it doesn’t seem like that much is going to change for Meghan and Harry. Many of the couples royals duties will not change that drastically, and they will not lose their titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Meghan and Harry will have to reconsider their line of work as “their charitable work does not generate income, and they have a pretty extravagant lifestyle,” according to royal biographer Penny Junor.
Experts have described the couple’s announcement to step down as “unprecedented,” they have never seen anything like this in royal history before. Although Harry and Meghan have the whole world talking about them, there have been previous family members who have severed ties with the royal family in various ways. Others have left through a divorce or because they decided to step down, but no one has ever attempted to live half their lives as royals while maintaining a normal lifestyle.
Happily Never After?
Looking back, it was always clear that Meghan had trouble fitting in as a royal. Meghan is always going to be an independent woman trying to make her way in the world – her role as a royal seemed to be too hard for her, too restricting. Prince Harry has seemed to has found his match made in heaven. We have seen how he, too, has struggled with being a royal over the years. Whatever the case may be, the couple deserves to be happy, and we wish them the best of luck in any and every direction they take.