Duchess Meghan is having trust issues but thinks she still has a ‘private life’

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The weekly magazines clearly understand that the Duchess of Sussex is still a shiny bauble and people are still very interested in our “American princess.” That’s why Meghan got this week’s cover of People Magazine, even though the cover story really isn’t breaking any news. The story is just about how Meghan is having trust issues because, obviously, the white Markles are utter trash and they’ll try to sell her out constantly. It’s not just about the Markles though – Meghan has been cutting ties to some of her friends from her old actress life too.

Just before Meghan Markle prepared to step back into the spotlight after some time off over the summer, she jetted off (on a commercial flight!) in late August to visit her close friend and frequent stylist, Jessica Mulroney, in her old stomping ground of Toronto. Just four months after her royal wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan has maintained a small group of friends that she keeps on speed dial.

“Meghan has lost touch with some of her close friends from before the wedding, which has been tough,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “She’s finding it hard to know who to trust.”

The past few months haven’t been without major challenges. Her father, Thomas Markle, has continued to give explosive interviews about his strained relationship with his daughter and the royal family. “It was very wearing on her. It’s her private life,” says a source.

The newlyweds have been spending time with Harry’s father, Prince Charles, who hosted them at the remote Castle of Mey in Scotland this summer. Meghan is also focusing on the tasks ahead, including her charity work and her first major international tour Down Under alongside Harry next month.

“The tour is going to be her chance to shine,” says Ingrid Seward, author of the recent biography of the Queen and Prince Philip, My Husband and I. “She knows she’ll be center stage, and everyone is going to want to meet her. It is her biggest part yet. I’m absolutely confident she will be very, very good.”

[From People]

The thing that annoys me here is this: “It’s her private life.” Yeah, I’m a Meg fan and I think it’s great that Harry married a grown-ass woman who had a whole life and career before he came around. I don’t think it’s Meghan’s fault that half of her family is trash. But she’s a smart cookie, and she knew that as soon as she slipped the ring on her finger, there wouldn’t be a “private life” for her anymore. There are tons of arguments to be made about why the white Markles are trash and should be ignored. But the argument of “Meghan’s private life is not up for public discussion” is not one of them. Especially not when Samantha and Thomas are giving PUBLIC interviews. Try again, Keen Jason.

As for Meghan and the trust issues… I can see that too, and every woman marrying a prince tends to do the same: edit the friendships, see who is selling her out, etc. And hopefully Meghan will shine during the tour.

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42 Responses to “Duchess Meghan is having trust issues but thinks she still has a ‘private life’”

  1. Jan90067 says:

    Evil Papa Smurf is complaining he will now be kidnapped, and Scammy still screeching it will all be Meg’s fault (for not “respecting” daddy). I wouldn’t put it past the two of them to hatch a scheme to make a “pretend” disappearance to try and scam $$$$ for a “ransom” (and then, of course, say how horrible the BRF, and esp. Meg, is for not paying)

    I guess I was wrong about thinking the royals sent lawyers’ letters of a cease and desist nature to the both of them.

    • Heather says:

      Poor Scammy is still bitter Evil Papa Smurf won’t pay attention to her. So she’s trying her best to remind him that her sister doesn’t love him, but she believes he’s just the best. Her latest tweet was just all sorts of awkward with the demand that Meghan “bow to the daddy.” Her new claim of being a “direct descendant” of Robert the Bruce (which tons of people can claim, he was pretty prolific in that area) is just more jabs at not getting a title or a coat of arms. It’s like watching a car crash in slow motion, I can’t look away.

    • Peg says:

      I think Meghan is calling the shots on her family.
      To The Windsor the markles are like flies buzzing, annoying as heck, but not worth the time, they’ll turn on each other soon.
      The tabloids have suck what info they had to sell, no contact with the Duchess, useless to the tabloids.
      Jr. and Vonnie are like strangers to the Duchess, the father is hanging by a thread, she did not trust him before the wedding, too much water under the bridge with the personal attacks on her, Doria and PH.
      The dog is getting a book publish about him, and Vonnie can’t find a publisher in two years.

  2. Leigh-Klein says:

    She does have a private life, yes, inside the palace walls at home with her husband, when they’re not tending to royal duties. I hope all her trashy family’s nonsense only makes hers and Harry’s union stronger as the Markles’ antics get uglier and uglier. I thought they’d been “silenced” but no such luck. :(

    • Addie says:

      Royals have a private life. They do what they like, go where they want to go and do what they need to do. We only see pics of what has been sanctioned by the palace for publication. Nothing else. Those images fall into two camps: formal work (mandatory PR) and private (aka we’ll let you publish this because we want you to see it as it helps our PR profiles). They’re on public view for events several times a month and even these are for very short time frames (30-45 minutes). It’s naive to think they’re hiding away in their palaces. Harry was able to travel around the world for over a year wooing Meghan without being outed. William and Kate have been on multiple vacays without being seen, plus the rest of the royals doing whatever.

  3. Becks1 says:

    Does Prince Charles own the Castle of Mey? I thought it was a visitors attraction now?

    (sometimes I get hung up on the little things)

    Anyway I’m sure Meghan has done some “editing” in her friends group. But I think that’s normal when you marry into a family like the BRF.

    • Leigh-Klein says:

      Scammy keeps going on and on about this “30-year friendsship” that Meghan ended, and it was ended because Priddy went to the press and sold Meghan out, which is exactly what her Dad continues to do, all while making money off his own daughter’s back. Is Scammy that dense that she doesn’t get it? OMG I was so disappointed when I saw that news yesterday; I really thought they’d calmed down. I’ve never seen a person SO consumed with misplaced anger and resentment. No wonder she is ill. She is completely evil and deranged. And as if that’s not enough, she dyes her hair, gets a (shitty) tan, and gets her lips (badly) done to resemble someone she attacks daily?? I’ve run out of words for this trash, wow.

    • Tina says:

      The Castle of Mey is owned by a trust that the Queen Mother had set up in 1996, but it’s closed to the public for the time in the summer that Charles and Camilla stay there.

    • FuefinaWG says:

      The Castle of Mey belonged to the Queen Mother. I am assuming it still belongs to the family but since they’re not in residence they use it as a tourist attraction and reserve the right to close it down so they can vacation there.

    • bananapanda says:

      I suspect she already culled some friends when she got on Suits and became a higher profile actress.

      My only concern is that she’s married into a very very British family and will feel homesick for America. Of course, she has a bigger platform and opportunity to serve but the trade off is losing some of your roots.

  4. Lala11_7 says:

    Heck…you have to do this a lot of times even when you haven’t married a Prince! Marriage can change things…it looks like she’s working it out even though she has a whole LINEAGE of unfortunate humans to deal with on her end….

  5. Mel says:

    When she says private life, I think she means the ability to speak to friends and not have someone pick up a phone and sell the conversation. You should be able to sit in your own home or go out with people you supposedly trust and not have everything put on blast.

  6. Hikaru says:

    Meghan could easily have fewer privacy issues if were to stop leaking her every thought, move and feeling to the media.

    • Peg says:

      Are you saying the Duchess is leaking info to the Tabloids? LOL.
      A lot of assuming going on there.
      Anyone can claim she said something, because she is not going to say yeah or nay in a response.

      • Hikaru says:

        She let gossip blogs know that she was dating Harry way before they were officially dating. She sent info to gossip blogs throughout their entire “secret” relationship and posted hints of when and where they were meeting on her instagram every time they were together.

        She has a long history of doing this.

      • Meganbot2000 says:

        The “everything you read on gossip blogs was sent in by Meghan herself” conspiracy theory comes from the same hate blogs peddling conspiracy theories about her having been married multiple times before, her being a former prostitute, and a couple of them even have really doolally conspiracy theories about her secretly being the daughter of a Rothschild (and therefore part of some vast Zionist New World Order conspiracy) and that the Queen staged a fake wedding as part of a grand plan to overthrow her, but they’re not really married and the Queen has Meghan watched 24/7 by security to ensure she’s never allowed to be alone with Harry.

        Incidentally “SHE is obviously leaking to the press/leaving all the positive online comments/sending all the anon asks herself” is ubiquitous amongst tinhats/sceptics (stans who believe any woman who dates or marries a male celeb is a grasping famewhore forcing the man into a fake relationship against his will).

    • Gigs says:

      When you’re friends with scum like Millie Macintosh and Jessica Mulroney, leaks are more than expected.

      Surprised they didn’t deny the Toronto visit altogether after word of Megan demanding to be treated like a God on high came out.

      • Lorelei says:

        Wait, how did Meghan demand to be treated? Somehow I missed this…

      • Meg says:

        demanded or was it necessary? I assume she couldn’t travel without security which wouldn’t’ be an option for her as opposed to a demand.

      • Meganbot2000 says:

        How do your new socks fit Amy? Hope they’re comfy!

      • Leigh-Klein says:

        She didn’t “demand” anything. The airline was instructed. And isn’t “scum” a little harsh? These two friends she can trust and that’s why they’re her friends; they haven’t leaked anything.

      • Addie says:

        Lots of people – very distinguished people in political, business and entertainment circles and more important than royals – travel first class. They don’t need to issue sets of rules to an airline to re-issue to other passengers. The instruction sounded like it was coming from someone not used to first class travel. Why? High achievers are accustomed to traveling first class, value their privacy, plus it’s no big deal to them. They have work to do on a flight and value the time to focus on whatever is next for them. They are not going to be gauche enough to snap pics.

      • slimkeith says:

        To Addie who probably won’t read this. What high achievers in first class? Obviously you’ve never flown First class and don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re thinking is out -dated. We’ve flown first for over 20 years and the the majority of the people pay in “miles” and not in, “cash” (so to speak). Where did get the idea it was full of, “high achievers” Please. Are we in High School? There’s a broad spectrum of people up there – business men/women are flying as a perk of their job or they’ve upgraded because they have the miles (again-miles). Some of them work but a lot of them sleep or watch films depending on how long the flight is. I’v seen more people working in coach than in First. I just flew back from Maui before the Hurricane a few weeks ago and the people behind us were in their pajamas. The woman’s pajama shorts barely covered her bum and she wore furry slipper-hand to God. You’ll find plenty of tacky travelers wearing inappropriate clothing. I can see why people would need to be told not to take pictures especially when today, just one photo of her on the plane could fetch $100,000 easily.

      • Addie says:

        @slimkeith, I have never experienced the kind of behaviour you describe in either First or Business class. Your recent flight sounded like a nightmare. I’ve rarely traveled on airlines in the US, mainly in Europe and Asia/Australasia, and my experience is that people respect fellow travellers’ privacy. I’ve been on flights with a prime minister (and entourage) on board, another with a movie star. They didn’t make a fuss, or draw attention to themselves in any way. No-one bothered them either. They just got on with whatever they were doing. Similarly, the people around me on long-haul international flights use the time to prep (if traveling for work), read or relax quietly. Let’s not forget that Meghan would also have been accompanied by one or two RPOs as a matter of course who would have not permitted anyone to approach her. Also the last to board and the first to deplane, and sometimes they are completely isolated. Depends on the plane. The incident as reported – and that’s all I’m responding to without knowing if it is true – smacks of someone needing to draw attention to themselves. It’s a bit of an eye-roll moment and totally unnecessary.

  7. Rhys says:

    I don’t believe she is “struggling.” She strikes me as the kind of woman who pursued a career of public service be it an actress or a social worker. Both her college majors speak a lot about the kind of life she envisioned for herself and she didn’t back down when the possibility of a union with Prince Harry presented itself. And as one of her (former) friends mentioned she “sheds” relationships and moves on fairly easily, a necessary quality to have for a public person. I think anyone would be annoyed with their (estranged !!) relatives talking sh$t about you but in comparison to all the positive things in life of a wealthy princess, it’s a mild annoyance.

    • RoyalBree says:

      ^^ This! While personally I feel that the ability to “shed” people quickly when they are no longer of positive use to you is questionable trait, it’s definitely a good trait to have when marrying into the Royals. I don’t think Meghan is struggling either. Unlike other of Harry’s ex’s, she didn’t hesitate a beat to marry him. She knew what she was signing up for, and she likely had a very good idea of the family fallout that would ensue. I think she’s been prepared for this all along.

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      The one person who said, Ninaki, that is hardly a reliable source, considering she was so devastated that Meghan divorced her husband it led to the friendship ending (which is a weird level of overinvestment in someone else’s relationship), and is still fixated with Meghan years later. And of course she’s being handsomely financially rewarded for selling all these stories to the press. Name one other close friend Meghan had ditched.

      Ninaki has a clear agenda in saying “oh no it’s not MY fault she dumped me, she dumps everyone! Definitely not because I’m toxic and crazy and sell people out to the media, no it’s just something she does: dump people for no reason. No, you don’t know any of the other friends she’s dumped, they don’t go to this school, they go to another school…. in Canada.” How often do we hear men claiming it’s not their fault their girlfriend dumped them, she’s just a crazy bitch?

  8. Jan says:

    Scammy is insane! Plain and simple.

  9. Sv says:

    This feels like a made up article for drama so they could put Meghan on the cover. This is what People thinks their readers want to hear. I’m sure she has cut people off, but I expect a lot of that happened a long time ago. Meghan seems to know who she can trust becausr her whearabouts and activities when not on official engagement have pretty much been unknown.

  10. Busyann says:

    Meghan is whip smart and saavy. She knew going into her marriage and joining the BRF that some of her friendships would not last. Although, I think this is something any grown woman goes through, prince or no prince. You grow up and move on, and some friendships end as a result. I hate to bring Kate into this, but I do wonder if she was kind of lucky in this regard. It doesnt seem like ever had any friends, so whatever friendships gained after her marriage were cultivated with trust from the beginning.

    • Rhys says:

      Kate is incredibly lucky to have a family like hers. She never had to struggle socially and financially because she has her parents and her siblings.

      • slimkeith says:

        It took her about 6 years to nail down William and during that time he really strung her along. He dated a series of other women and would break up with her periodically. Kate played it very, very cool and strategically. She stayed close but not clingy. It amazes me how people have forgotten this. She was FAR more calculating than Meghan-NO comparison at all. Her whole family got in the act and brought William into their circle. They went on a financial limb for years to push her forward (Pippa too) but it paid off big time for their family’s company and obviously their daughter is the future Queen of England and Pippa is married to a billionaire. They pulled in even the craziest members of their family to control publicity. Smart family.

  11. Peg says:

    Twitter maybe the end of Vonnie, there is a poster there posting court documents from the courts in New Mexico, two DUIs, one with her two young children in the car, their father filed for custody and was awarded the children, she said the 10,000 was a settlement, some claim she sold the kids to the grandparents for that amount.
    Noelle her youngest daughter was abused by her and the boyfriend, court documents available.
    Apparently Vonnie is very litigious, no success in her many lawsuits.

  12. Meg says:

    have friends sold her out? I thought it was just her family? the only ‘friend’ I saw selling her out was her childhood friend who sold pictures of her as soon as they got engaged who admitted they hadn’t been friends since her first divorce-but other than that i’m not seeing why she’d have to cut any friend out of her life. I can see having some that are more trustworthy than others but to cut some off entirely? they did say she did this when she first got on suits too-cut people out of her life. maybe she does this as she ‘moves up’ in life? doesn’t sound good I gotta say

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      There’s no evidence she’s ever cut anyone out, apart from the one childhood friend who keeps bashing her in the press (and that friendship ended because the friend was so upset at MM getting divorced, not for any career or social climbing reason). No one has ever been able to name any of these hypothetical dumped friends.

      However it is true that some of her friends have spoken to the media about her, as well as a couple of relatives who she was previously close to. They said pretty benign things, but it’s understandable she wouldn’t be thrilled.

  13. SWP says:

    Maybe I’ve been wearing my tinfoil hat too long…but this sounds to me (if it indeed came from Meghan and isn’t fan fiction) that SOMEONE in Meghan’s friend circle has sold her out/shared secrets, etc and she’s PISSED. And letting them know she knows. Otherwise, it’s kind of a non-story.

    Actually now that I think about it, my guess is she told a “friend” a “secret” to test their loyalty (I hear William used to notoriously do this) and the story miraculously leaked. Like the she went to Lake Como w the Clooney’s story. Remember the multiple stories about her traveling a few weeks ago??

    Okay I will go back to my off the grid bunker. Lol.

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