Around this time last year, Meghan Markle had just arrived in Botswana, preparing for a birthday trip with her then-boyfriend, Prince Harry, who she has been dating for 13 months at the time. He had planned a barbecue for her to socialize with all his friends in the nation he has come to call his “second home” and booked a stay in a tented
And a lot has happened since then. The L.A. native declared her love for the 33-year-old royal, sixth in line to the British throne. She accepted his three-stone engagement ring and traded vows in a worldwide event that was watched by millions of fans and royal enthusiasts.
However, it also meant that she would be stepping into something much bigger than her, a royal family, and that comes with its rules and responsibilities. One such example is, that instead of celebrating her 37th birthday with some romantic getaway, she will be attending the wedding of Prince Harry’s childhood friend, Charlie Van Starubenzee. And because her new family includes the likes of the QUEEN OF ENGLAND, such familial obligations extend far beyond your typical summer reunion or Great Aunt Alice’s birthday party. In her few months of being a royal Meghan has had to memorize a long list of dos and don’ts to make sure that she doesn’t have any missteps during the series of events she must attend on behalf of and, sometimes alongside, Queen Elizabeth II. There is exactly no room for a mistake, as if she does make one, you can be sure that there will be someone to catch it on camera. And then the mindless over-analyzing of the smallest details start.
Even with all the protocol, painstakingly chosen outfits and events that she must attend, one most surprising thing has turned out to be the hardest of the new royal life.
Because who needs support from their family?
It felt almost inevitable that her half-sister, Samantha Markle, would throw shade at Meghan from her home in Florida. It is quite the **** move, but she saw her opportunity to cash in and find her 15 minutes of fame through a sibling she didn’t even grow up with and hasn’t seen in years. Her memoir, The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister, is forthcoming.
But what came as a bigger surprise was her father’s behavior. After insisting that his initial sit down with Good Morning Britain was just meant to clear the air and his reputation, giving him a chance to explain his actions, and give
With each passing interview being worse than the last, Thomas Markle has switched from feigned concern about his daughter’s on-the-job appearance (“I think she is terrified,”) to
Not that he really wishes her well. “What riles me is Meghan’s sense of superiority,” he griped to the paper. “She’d be nothing without me. I made her the Duchess she is today. Everything that Meghan is, I made her.” He went on to list his proof: payments he shelled out for her private schooling and a trip abroad. While most would view that as a simple act of parenting, Thomas seems to feel as if that makes him entitled to something, maybe a gilded palace life. Or at least a public shoutout.
“And did I get any recognition for it? Any thanks?” he wondered. “She doesn’t even speak to me now. How cold is that?”
And he still
Instead, he understands his
It’s unclear how the late princess would have handled this particularly prickly situation. But we can’t imagine she’d be thrilled with the man putting her new daughter-in-law through this, particularly when Thomas shows no signs of wearing himself out. “I tell you, I’ve just about reached my limit on Meghan and the royal family,” he surmised. “I’m about to unload on them.”
In other words, somehow the worst is still yet to come. “They want me to be silent, they want me to just go away,” he opined. “But I won’t be silenced. I refuse to stay quiet.”
After that statement, Kensington Palace has been thinking
And the longer it carries on, the worse the betrayal for Meghan. In an article for Best Life, Imagining Diana author Diane Clehane quotes one pal who says the former actress is flummoxed by her father’s behavior: “She is trying so hard to fit in and adapt to this new way of life and she was once again blindsided by a father who supposedly cares about her and doesn’t want to embarrass her.”
In these hard times, a person that would have been very helpful is Harry`s late mother Diana. But still, Meghan still has some people in the family she could rely on. Should she decide against bothering the Queen with her
Kate Middleton has had her share of embarrassing relatives and has been pulling off the commoner to blue blood transition for some eight years now. And even though she could have never
And in those two years since their first meeting, the duchesses have only grown closer, even making a splash together at Wimbledon where they watched Meghan’s pal Serena Williams play. “What’s characterized these months are the two great relationships that she has struck up with the Queen and with Catherine,” Robert Lacey, historical consultant for The Crown, recently told People of Meghan. “They seem to be her closest friends and partners in the official set-up.”
And of course
“They spend a lot of time in the Cotswolds, more than people realize,” one friend revealed to Vanity Fair of their rental some 90 minutes outside London. “They are in the country way more than they are in London and they are enjoying a low-key and very domesticated start to married life. Harry’s not around that much anymore. Meghan likes him to keep his diary clear at the weekends so they can be together in the countryside.”
There, a local told the mag, they can hide out in their tree-lined property: “It is very remote which is why they like it,” reported the neighbor. “It’s like a fortress. There’s a huge security presence, you can’t get close.”
The extra precautions, reports Vanity Fair, are Harry’s way of shielding his new wife from overexposure. “He worries there is too much hysteria around Meghan and he wants to row back a bit,” says a source.
Royal editor Camilla Tominey tells the outlet the heir is erecting all sorts of barriers. “Extremely protective” of his wife, says Tominey, “Harry has certainly built an emotional fortress around himself and Meghan. They have both been extremely upset by Thomas Markle’s behavior and that of Meghan’s
As such, Harry has reissued his previous directive for loved ones to keep any private dealings
In other words, Thomas better get used to the view from the outside.