Much has been written about the obvious perks of enlisting in The Firm. Since adding Prince Harry ‘s bride to her growing list of achievements May 19, Meghan Markle has unlocked the door to a completely lust-worthy wardrobe Club Monaco and Asos are still in the mix, they are generally overshadowed by the likes of Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta and Dior), gets to live in an actual palace and has a job description that basically boils down to change the world. Ook, ze komt soms te dragen tiaras en vakantie met de Clooneys.
But while talking to Yahoo! UK’s The Royal Box in August, Princess Diana ‘s former butler Paul Burrell kept it all the way real about the downsides of a life spent in the fishbowl that is Kensington Palace. “It’s interesting that Meghan has just joined the biggest soap opera in the world and she has just landed the biggest role of her life as an actress,” he said. “I think, yes, she did want to be famous, she’s got everything that she wanted, but I [also] think ‘be careful what you wish for,’ because sometimes it’s not all that it seems. ‘
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9-year-old’s seemingly never-ending one-sided feud with father Thomas Markle and half-sister Samantha Markle dominated the headlines for much of her first six months of royalty. While Samantha flung insults from her Twitter perch-liqueur her estranged sibling to Cruella de Vill and her prince two, of all things, a hamster-the elder Markle offered his ill-informed take on the royals to any news outlet that was so inclined two list.
When he was not calling the palace a breeding ground for Stepford Wives and Scientologists, he was opining about just how miserable he felt his little girl was. “I think she’s terrified,” Markle told The Sun . “I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile. I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I do not like the one I’m seeing now. En er inte en stage-smile-this is a pained smile. “
Despite, you know, all evidence to the contrary.
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And yet it was Meghan and Harry who were put on the defense. Some in the public felt the royal family could have done more to welcome the Rosarita, Mexico-based former lighting director into their fold as they had with Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland . The sole relative at the Windsor Castle nuptials, Ragland stood proudly as she watched her daughter become the Duchess of Sussex and was later escorted back down the aisle by Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla who she had with during an afternoon tea days earlier.
“There is no protocol for people like Thomas Markle, or in-laws, and people who marry into the royal family are lost at sea,” Burrell said on The Royal Box . Meghan’s nephew-making the most of his blue blood associations by accepting a role on MTV International’s The Royal World -has alternatively blamed the former Suits star (“Since Hollywood and being on that show-being a celebrity has changed her. Maybe she feels She is above everybody, maybe even more now, “he told The Daily Mail ) and the whole of the monarchy.
” My family has been torn apart, “the Oregon-based marijuana dealer concocted a special Markle Sparkle strain in honor of the wedding) griped on the show. “Had we had some guidance and assistance, maybe from the royal family, we could have avoided a lot of these stuff.”
Harry, who, aside from a few incidents in his rapscallion youth, was accustomed to being generally beloved and suddenly found himself taking heat for how the situation had been managed. No doubt it hurt him to see his bride suffer, but he’d also learned all too well from Queen Elizabeth II that acknowledging the problem publicly would just give it more life.
Meghan, meanwhile, was caught in a lose-lose situation. By continued to freeze out her father, she risked appearing every bit the ice queen. Her sister was labeling her, but to give in was to risk handing him a fresh batch of material that was likely to find its way onto the pages of The Sun or TMZ .
There were certainly times when she wanted to defend herself in the press, a source noted to Us Weekly but “Harry would never let her. ” Having lived and learned, the 34-year-old knows “It only makes things worse.”
Still, it weighed on Meghan, even more heavily when she had to worry that she would be turning up at her front gate during her trip to London. “She knows these tactics will not stop,” a source told the mag. “It’s sad that this will continue-and it’s making Meghan very uneasy.”
No wonder the couple found themselves seeking out a bit of an escape. Efter en honeymoon i Afrika blev så privat Harry ville bare afsløre at de ikke besøkte Namibia som noen hadde trodd, de brukte litt tid i august med Charles og Camilla på Castle of Mey, familiens kystnære eiendom.
Chris Jackson / Clarence House via Getty Images  Harry’s parents in many ways have been the exact opposite of Meghan’s problematic chin. When Thomas dropped out of his role in the wedding, Charles was quick to step up. “I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming, and he immediately said,” Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you, “” Harry revealed in BBC One’s documentary Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 . “For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he’s our father so of course he’s going to be there for us.”
That’s continued as Thomas ramped up his antagonizing efforts against the royal family. A source told The Daily Mail that Meghan’s drama “endeared this to Charles even more,” the Prince of Wales being quite familiar with the types of antics problematic relatives can get up to. “He’s got a real soft spot for her,” another insider informed Vanity Fair “and thinks she’s the best thing to have happened to Harry.”