Prince Harry ‘feels powerless’ as Meg is smeared, ‘it’s put pressure’ on their marriage

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Throughout the smear campaign of the Duchess of Sussex, it became clear that one of the “original” controversies was between Prince William and Prince Harry. They had fundamental disagreements, about Meghan and about Harry’s future role. I tend to believe that William is bothered by Harry’s consistent popularity, and Harry has become even more popular since he married Meghan. And while the royal courtiers and tabloids try to smear Harry as tunnel-visioned and crazy in love, most people see him as a chivalrous prince who will defend his lady no matter the cost. So… Harry has been pretty quiet recently. What’s going on with him?

Nothing he can do. Prince Harry “feels powerless” when it comes to the negativity surrounding his wife, Duchess Meghan, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

“It has put pressure on her relationship with Harry. He’s very frustrated with how little can be done,” the source explains of recent stories in the British press. “Keeping her away from the negativity and harm has been hard for him. It’s been his purpose in their relationship to keep her away from the negativity.”

[From Us Weekly]

I’m sure people will yell at me for believing Us Weekly, or for pointing out something really obvious, but I believe this. I think Harry is probably really, really bothered. I think he’s probably more bothered than Meghan by the smear campaign. I think she’s the kind of person who can assess the situation, form a plan and just carry on. But Harry is probably feeling a lot, and this is bringing up a lot of old issues with his mother and how she was treated by the Establishment and the press. Add to that, he’s obviously feeling extra-protective of her now that she’s pregnant. It’s a mess.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Yeah, whoever the source is of this smear campaign – disgruntled staffers, camp Cambridge, or just the press running wild – the fact is that the smear campaign IS happening, and I can see it being incredibly upsetting to Harry. I think for any person it would be upsetting to see someone you love constantly being talked about negatively in the press for the whole world to see – and given Harry’s overall personality, and his reaction to the initial round of negative press about Meghan two years ago, and his personal history re: his mother – I can see him taking this very hard and it being a lot harder for him than Meghan, even though she is the victim.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I can totally see it bothering him, especially considering the iffy relationship he has with the press in general. Add in the fact that Meghan is pregnant, and yeah…one angry camper (justifiably so, IMHO.)

      That said, US Weekly is now owned by the same company that owns the National Enquirer, so I’d definitely take whatever they “report” with some massive doses of salt.

    • WingKingdom says:

      I think so too. I think a woman who is strong enough to stay silent in the face of public abuse from her own father and half-siblings can also handle these stories. I will bet that she is the one who has to calm Harry down, which is too much work for a pregnant woman.

      It infuriates me that the press just won’t stop. Just stop! What sick people are finding so much joy in tearing down a newlywed couple who have done literally nothing negative themselves?

      • Cee says:

        Racist a-holes.

      • Aoife says:

        It’s a lot more complicated than that though. The fact that she’s not British, that she’s American, that she’s in her late 30s, that she was an actress, that she’s divorced, that’s she’s not an aristo. It’s not all about racism – plenty of other prejudices swimming around.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        We can look back at Americans. At actresses. At divorcees. All that married into royalty. And Meghan gets so much more.

        It sadly is a racial issue. That’s what fueled so much initially. And given any tiny item that isnt racist people will latch onto. Claim this isnt racism at all and never was. When the reality has always been grassroots racism.
        And even if you dislike Meghan before you knew this was racism driven in that early society and press leaks. You should at least be able to look back and see racism threw the 1st stone.

      • Megan says:

        @Wiglet Watcher – the only American I know of to marry into the direct line is Wallis Simpson and the press were totally without mercy when it came to her. There are many forms of prejudice when it comes to Meghan.

    • mel says:

      LOL. I love how this we cherry pick US Weekly reports to believe. So no, US weekly has legit royal sources?

      • Becks1 says:

        Well I’m not sure how much I believe that it is putting a strain on their marriage, but the fact that he is really bothered by these stories? Why wouldn’t that be believable?

      • flo says:

        you know what she means, Becks1.

      • xo says:

        It’s not necessarily about whether US Weekly is a credible source or not, it’s about which stories resonate with someone’s gut feeling about a situation. This one resonates for me.

        Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    • Violet says:

      “Yeah, whoever the source is of this smear campaign – disgruntled staffers, camp Cambridge, or just the press running wild – the fact is that the smear campaign IS happening, and I can see it being incredibly upsetting to Harry.”

      Exactly, I agree. And to add to this, this is why it has surprised me that the Cambridges haven’t spoken up in support of Meghan. Harry is William’s brother and whether they had a falling out or not, they used to be quite close and Meghan is his wife. A quick statement like “this never happened, Meghan is gracious and lovely, we couldn’t be happier to have her join our family” would have put the kibosh on this entire situation. I wonder if Harry is disappointed they never did that.

      • Agirlandherdog says:

        I agree. When the stories start flying fast & furious a couple of weeks ago, all I could think is, why not just issue a simple statement and shut it down? Your statement would be perfect. Even if it’s not true, William also knows what their mother went through, and he should understand how this makes Harry feel. If he was a good brother, he’d offer a show of support. Even if he really doesn’t like Meghan.

      • Ellaus says:

        Violet, I don’t think that is how is done in the BRF. They won’t deny nor confirm any of these rumors. At most leak another information, or be another “source”. They have done it twice this month, one as a source that denied the row between Kate and Meghan over staff; and another yesterday confirming what we all knew, that their asisstant is not leaving because diferentes between Meghan and ver, but because that was what it was agreed before.

        Don’t expect more than a picture at an event, with the four of them smiling.

      • JadedBrit says:

        I think that’s what the “little kiddies” comment was meant to convey. It’s as close as the Firm gets to a public statement. They channel Beau Brummel: never apologise, never explain.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Agirlandherdog
        Bingo. William saw this. He plays that card with kate. So, if he contributed to any story on this. He is a hypocrite. And if he played no role at all and never acquiesced at press being used in his favor like this…. he should still be more comforting. Or at least lash out at the press that are attacking her by denying contact. And we all know he does this often.

      • Kebbie says:

        You deny one story, you’ll be expected to deny them all. Then you find yourself not denying one and people assume the story is true, or potentially denying a truthful story and getting caught in a lie. They shouldn’t respond to or acknowledge any of these stories.

        If William or Kate want to show support, they can be photographed being friendly with Meghan and Harry at their next event together or something. Then they’re making their point without engaging with the tabloids. Photos speak louder than a press release anyways.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Violet, yes, I agree that it comes down to the cruel silence of the Cambridges in the face of the stunning brutality directed toward Meghan. This strongly suggests to me that they are behind it and are getting the results they asked for.

        Some will not rest until they have destroyed Meghan and her marriage to Harry.

        It’s shameful. Period.

      • notasugarhere says:

        KP didn’t shut down negative comments on their social media about Meghan. They shut it down immediately about William. Speaks volumes.

    • Ellaus says:

      I agree with your ideas. And un parte I think that the press is truly trying to draw blood from Harry un the form of an outburst por press ommunicate… They know how he feels and his personality and they are setting this scenario for him to jump.

      • Bren says:

        This is exactly what I think is happening. They are trying to force Harry to respond. If Harry responds like he did 2 years ago the press will rip him apart and the Sussexes would never recover.

    • Erinn says:

      I don’t get the strain on the marriage aspect – they’re both on the same team here. I could see just in general their marriage MAYBE being a bit less fun at the moment in a general sense because of the stress and I’m sure pregnancy isn’t a super fun time in some ways for her. But I can’t imagine the smear campaign is causing them to fight if that makes sense? Like sure, they’re dealing with a lot more things than usual, so maybe little things frustrate them more than normal – but I don’t think they’re having it out over true or false news articles haha.

      • MaryContrary says:

        But stressful doesn’t have to mean fighting or arguing. It’s just feeling emotional and trying to work through it and trying to calm down-or help each other calm down. It’s incredibly wearing.

      • norah says:

        are they really on the same team? i doubt it – kate has been around longer than meghan yet people still dont know what causes she supports – she is simply a mother of 3 kids and that is it. she is only active now because meghan has come along and made her and william actually do more work than they ever have done -

    • bettyrose says:

      Of course it’s bothering him, and if it isn’t bothering him, he needs to share his meds with the rest of us, because that’s a super-human level of DAF.

    • flo says:

      Harry and William need to stop singing the Diana card. It’s getting old. They aren’t little boys – they are grown, men. If they are this damaged, why aren’t they undergoing intensive therapy? Are they going to continue like this well into their 50′s?

      • Chrome says:

        Yeah, it’s become tedious. They have access to the best medical care available so should use it. Next, the three kids will be moaning ‘but nana died’ from the same song sheet.

        Anyway, I thought HM didn’t read the papers or social media? If it’s just made-up rubbish, why get worked up about it? All royals have silly rumours said about them. Shrug it off and get working. They should also stop planting their own stories talking themselves up or just to keep up daily press. I reckon that stirs the pot even more. Just concentrate on the work they are supposed to champion.

      • notasugarhere says:

        HM reads all the major papers every morning. That’s why Fergie was confronted with the front page news about her indiscretions – because HM had already read them at the breakfast table at Balmoral.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    I really think that most of what’s being said about friction between Will/Harry, Will/Meg, and Kate/Meg is old news that’s already been dealt with. None of that drama seems recent.

    My theory: Pissed of ex-staffer (Melissa?) passed on exaggerated bits of old gossip as a way of getting even. Tabs have run with it. Timing of tho coincides with little gossip leaks from Chuck , which compound everything.

    • JadedBrit says:

      If Melissa’s leaked – well, good luck finding a new job. Such positions require absolute discretion and, I would imagine, an NDA. Perhaps there’ll be a lawsuit in her stocking this year?

      • Elisa says:

        she has worked for celebs like Madonna and Robbie Williams, so I guess she knows how to be discrete.
        I still believe Charles started this media mess and he didn’t expect it to blow up like this + others started to leak in his wake.

      • Erinn says:

        Elisa – I like that theory. It would make sense that someone had started the ball rolling, expecting a minor impact overall but wanted to get a small jab in to maybe change some behavior. But I think the idea of MANY people leaking things here and there makes more sense than it being a hit from only one office. There’s a motive for so many people.

    • Hp says:

      Yes! All of this stuff supposedly happened before Wimbledon, right? And Kate and Meghan looked happy enough together there. Maybe they are different, but it seems so unlikely to me that there is a huge disagreement or “war” between them. Kate was pregnant with two young kids or a mom with an infant and two young kids this whole time. She is busy, so maybe she hasn’t hung out with Meghan all that much, but it doesn’t mean they hate each other. Meghan clearly loves the charitable aspect of Royal work and has jumped in- she has been busy too.
      I think this whole smear campaign has indirectly really hurt the Cambridges, too. They do not look good in this, either. Meghan is part of their family and their brand and the garbage thrown at her bounces and hits them too. I wish this narrative would stop. If there was any tension, constantly having it dragged through the press must be the worst.

    • norah says:

      i think that kate and her mother have been responsible

  3. Anon4Now says:

    Having watched a loved one get smeared publicly, I can attest to that. It’s HORRIBLE. You know what is true and what is not, but you are powerless to do anything and public denials just pour gasoline on an already raging fire.

    • L84Tea says:

      I’ve been there too with a family member getting smeared in public. It’s devastating and infuriating and you can’t do much about it. I feel for Harry and Meg right now.

      • Chrome says:

        Same here and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’re permanently stuck in going over the events (or non-events), with the utter injustice of rumours spread and untruths told. No recourse except to determine to push through and move to a better place. Hard, but it’s the only way.

        Who cares if the two couples have occasional disagreements? Harry at one time disapproved of Kate and coined the name limpet to describe her. And that made it into the press (how??) and became a thing. Just saying. They only need to be civil when they are together on occasion, not live in each others’ pockets. Harry’s also got to accept that not everyone must love Megs. Some will, some won’t, and others won’t think about it at all. He’s got to stop pressuring family and others. It puts people off and makes it harder for everyone to get to know Meghan, puts them on edge. Meghan isn’t mummy.

    • JadedBrit says:

      @Anon4Now and Late4Tea – I’m so sorry that you and your family members have had to go through something so destructive and miserable. I hope the storm has passed and the healing has begun; best wishes to you both, and the family individuals in question.

      • L84Tea says:

        Thank you. Luckily, it eventually passed, but the solid truth never actually prevailed and it left a permanent cloud that will always slightly hover. It was only 3 years ago, so it’s still very bitter to me. It permanently altered my view of the press in all aspects–local news, world news, politics, Royals, celebrities. The press is vicious and rarely ever gets the story completely right. Their story and making it sell is all they care about. Nothing else.

      • JadedBrit says:

        @Late4Tea I do understand. Have experienced something rather like that personally – I won’t go into it because this is about what you’re experiencing, not I – but the feeling that you can’t correct untruths is just so unjust, and has such an impact on one’s ability to trust. I agree entirely re your sentiments towards the press: they care not at all for other’s feelings, their lives, futures.
        I remember once catching a daytime TV segment whilst snivelling on the sofa with flu – some chat show, and a journalist who could do nothing but parrot “the public has a right to know” without any way in which to justify her claim. A pity no-one asked when she’d sold her soul.
        I guess the important thing is that YOU know the truth. And that means you can give a level of support and understanding which builds a fantastic relationship between you and all those affected. It’s very rare to possess such a bond. For now – just cherish yourself.

  4. Royalwatcher says:

    I’ll bet that this is very triggering for him related to his mother. I hope he can go back and see the therapist that he liked so much and was so helpful to him in the past. All kinds of (not very obvious) things can be triggering to someone with past trauma -reaching the age when his mother died, birthdays, death anniversaries, holidays, starting his own family, feeling like he’s powerless to stop the attacks on his wife, etc – so sometimes increased anxiety, depression, anger, sadness, etc. can seem like they’ve come out of nowhere or can be confusing if a person feels like they’ve already “fixed” the issue. I really hope, if this story has any truth to it, that Harry will go back to therapy. Heck, I hope they are both in therapy as a newly married couple with a lot of strains on them at this time. Therapy for everyone :)

  5. Aaliyah says:

    I feel for him. I don’t think he has ever realized the amount of racism, classism and sexism that Megan is going to – and has – endured. He is going to get a front row seat to the cruelty that runs deep in a lot of people and what it means to a black woman in this world. I hope for their sake they have a son or he is going to exist in a perpetual state of rage.

    • Monicack says:

      Gender as protection from racism? Try again.

      • Aaliyah says:

        It’s not a protection from racism, but sexism definitely compounds it. This is the intersectionality that Black women face. It’s not ideal but a black man will face one less -ism in their life.

      • JustSayin' says:

        The child won’t be black, though.

        He/she will most likely look completely white…
        I understand what you’re saying but it will be hard for the press to use racism against someone who looks white or even more white than them (see: paula patton and robin thickes son, persia White’s daughter and many other examples).
        They will just go after meghan and that drop of black blood in the kids but the optics will look ridiculous.

      • Monicack says:

        Aaliyah
        You could just as easy replace sexism with brutalism or rampant fetishism. There are so many types of discrimination. It literally never ends. But is it not strange and extreme to wish the child be born a certain gender rather than wish for social change?

      • Monicack says:

        JustSayin’
        That’s not how it works. They won’t explicitly go after the child’s race. It will be negative stories and leaks that are designed to let their racism hide behind hyped up flaws and errors.

      • Aaliyah says:

        @Monicack I desperately wish for societal change. I am exhausted everyday as a Black woman. However, I see the nature of the attacks on Megan and I know we have a long way to go. I can’t be so naïve as to assume that it’s all going to change in one generation. So I really do hope their child has one less -ism to endure.

      • JustSayin' says:

        Ok! I see what you’re saying now and I agree.

      • Hikaru says:

        A black boy (and let’s not play – a single black drop male will always be seen as just black by white people around him, only girls get to be treated better than fully black women if they’re mixed) will have no black father figure to look up to and model himself after, no black father figure who could lead him through life and teach him how to navigate a black male existence in a sea of white men who are threatened by him. He will only have clueless Harry and the rest of the racist family. The only two black figures in his life will be his mother and grandmother who have not only never been a black male once in their life but have both actively chosen to ignore black men and marry a white man instead. He will have nobody to turn to and nobody to identify with while constantly being treated as potentially criminal like all back boys are.

        Just look at hapa forums and see now well the boys deal with being seen as asian while having a white father and an asian mother who rejected asian men.

      • Monicack says:

        JustSayin
        It’s sad isn’t it? And the worst part is the Cambridge children will be pitted against the Sussex children for decades whether they have a close relationship with their cousins or not.

      • Chrisjamm says:

        “The only two black figures in his life will be his mother and grandmother who have not only never been a black male once in their life but have both actively chosen to ignore black men and marry a white man instead. He will have nobody to turn to.”

        HIKARU this is so spot on. If Harry & Meghan have a son he will have no black male role models in his life & that is tragic. Even young black girls need black male role models in their lives, otherwise they’ll end up with a less than positive view.

      • Nat says:

        @Hikaru,
        so, what exactly do you suggest? That black women must never marry white men? That Meghan should divorce Harry and find her son (if it’s a son) a black step-Dad to guide him? Not sure what you’re lamenting here.
        The boy will be 3/4 white, he will likely look white, AND he will be a freaking royal. The stories about his mother will eventually die out, no one can sustain this level of frenzy for 15-16 years or however long it will take for the kid to enter the limelight in his own right. I don’t think he will need quite as much guidance as many other black kids who are getting harassed by the police. He will be fine.

      • Monicack says:

        Are we shading Meghan and Doria for marrying white men? This is gross.

      • Lady D says:

        “actively chosen to ignore black men and marry a white man instead.”
        Actively chosen? How, pray tell, could you possibly know that?

      • Scotchy says:

        Also let us not forget, Meghan is half white. That kid will not be African American, it will be a 1/4 and will most likely look white.
        Also what does it actually matter? It will have two parents that love it.
        News flash racism isn’t the same in other parts of the world as it is in the US.
        I say this as a mixie that grew up in small town Canada. It was racist but it wasn’t the same as it is in the States. The history simply isn’t the same so trying to say that this kid is going to need two black parents ( when neither of the parents is actually black) is ridiculous.
        Those of us with a bi-ethnic background don’t automatically identify ourselves as “black” that again is very USA, we are our own thing. I do believe at one point in time Meghan wrote a piece about loving and identifying with both aspects of ones make up when being mixed.

        I just feel like this didn’t need to go where it went and I thank the latter half of the commenters for calling it out.

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        @ Scotchy +1

      • maddie says:

        @hikaru first of all, not every country follows the one drop rule. and secondly with the “actively chosen to ignore black men and marry a white man” and “an asian mother who rejected asian men” you’re sounding like those incels. Are you gonna blame women for not sleeping with incels next? And that women should just sleep with incels so they won’t be violent?

        What are you proposing? That there should be no interracial marriages? Interracial couples don’t actively chose to marry someone of a different race nor do they reject their own race. Speaking of rejecting race? Why is it that it’s always the mother (whether asian, black, latino, or white) is always blamed for rejecting her own race, but the father is absolved?

      • JadedBrit says:

        @Monicack et al – We simply don’t have the same reaction to mixed race marriages in the UK as those that exist in the US (see https://qz.com/1279306/royal-wedding-2018-meghan-markles-mixed-race-marriage-isnt-unusual-in-the-uk/, for example). Because our history of race, and experience of it, are very different. I’m not naive enough to say that it doesn’t exist, that colonialism never happened, that there aren’t bottom-feeders with white supremacy leanings or the kind of inbred and unwarranted superiority complexes that characterised my grandmother’s generation, for example. But I do feel a lot of the vitriol aimed at MM is not due to her racial background, it’s that that racial background *has come into contact with the “sainted” Royal Family*, to which so many – beyond the bounds of reason, logic and sanity – attribute near divine power, while similarly castigating it. It’s positively sadomasochistic, and it is that which the press feeds on with such glee – that visceral love/hate reaction (“Diana! Saint! Sinner! People’s Princess! Adulterer! Fergie! Breath of fresh air! Embarrassment! Down to earth! Will never be one of Them! Meghan! Beautiful! Narcissist! Feminist! Clothes horse! Role model!”etc etc etc).

    • Royal Suitor says:

      +1000
      I’ve been saying this since the pregnancy was announced. The royal women are put under a microscope by the media and public while the men are more likely to be given a pass. Now add to that being a biracial baby, the 1st in this family. The scrutiny this child will be under will be unfathomable. The British media haven’t shown themselves to be very skilled in discussions of race, lest we forget the “exotic” or “muddying” the bloodline comments of 2016. Meghan’s light-skinned complexion hasn’t exactly shielded her from racism. Imagine even a fraction of that hate being rained down on a baby girl. The discussion of her hair alone would be enough to break the Internet. It’ll be a miracle if Harry doesn’t end up with an ulcer and I’ve already accepted that his hair is a lost cause. Perpetual state of rage is very accurate. For his sake, I hope baby #2 is a girl.

      • Aaliyah says:

        @royalsuitor @monicack Thanks for understanding where I am coming from. It’s not always easy to have a nuanced conversation on these forums.

      • Monicack says:

        Aaliyah
        *hugs*
        These should be the ones we’re all having.

    • flo says:

      He is going to get a front row seat to the cruelty that runs deep in a lot of people – including the very institution & aristocracy he comes from. Fixed it for ya. I wonder what Doria thinks of Harry’s past racial slurs? Yuck. He’s a product of his environment, he didn’t care about racism before – he encouraged it.

  6. JadedBrit says:

    It seems so terribly sad, doesn’t it: Disney and Hallmark (note how many “feisty” blue-collar girls end up winning their prince’s and in-laws’ hearts through just “being themselves” in HM’s Christmas Romances?) push the “when you wish upon a star” narrative, yet when someone from outside the Firm and its tentacular offshoots ventures in, they’re treated with crippling disdain, subject to the worst kind of innuendo and scandal (we’re on baby no. 2 via surrogate now) and there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to stop it. They tried, via Levenson. Bless the poor man – to see one’s spouse smeared in a non-public setting is bad enough: the redtops taking their revenge years after he pleaded for them to leave her alone, using (hypothetically) loudmouthed moles (again, hypothetically, PMoK and “Lady” Colin Campbell) must be sheer hell.
    Add to that her narcissistic family. They’ve done their damndest to ruin every special occasion she and Harry have experienced together. Wedding – ruined through TM’s shenanigans. Pregnancy announcement – ruined by Andrew. The upcoming birth – to be ruined by Samantha’s tell-all. Weekends: made a minefield by Samantha/TM/mole’s “revelations”. I’m not usually a vengeful person, but I find myself hoping the IRS will find the lot of them have been fiddling their taxes and nail them to the Sing-Sing wall.
    The only comfort Harry can take is that only a very, very small part of the British public dislike his wife. Even Sun readers are getting fed up with the smear campaign.

    • Peg says:

      Meghan relatives tried but did not succeed at wrecking her wedding, they were on the outside looking in.
      How is Samantha publishing a book is going to ruin the birth of a baby?
      Everyone is seeing the family for the grifters they are.

      • JadedBrit says:

        @PG TM’s Will He Won’t He, right up to the day before, caused her untold stress. It’s enough to fritter anyone’s wig, one’s father turning out to be a money hungry gritter so publicly just before an international event… (Incidentally, is that hospital bill even real? Do they do line items like that? Brit here – perhaps I can be enlightened). He pops up helpfully with new lashings of venom or narc-begging whenever she has the mildest of successes – be it a walkabout – or a major coup, such as the Australian tour (with new and very private photos to splurge across the front page). Ditto – Sam Grant’s expose will take over every tabloid the moment the baby is born. Salacious rumours and innuendo will abound across the entire world, just at the very moment when the Duchess needs to rest and recover what is, by any standard, an ordeal – the birth of one’s first child, in the public eye, with the racists lining up to be a-holes about an innocent infant.
        Piers Morgan must be SO excited about the potential for future havoc.

  7. Abby says:

    takes me back to their engagement interview,they are a team……..in love…..expecting a baby and living their best life.anybody else’s take on their life really doesn’t matter

  8. Lara says:

    I suspect as well that there may be some guilt (unfounded) there. I think the fact he sent out that notice when they were dating has made the press attack on Megan a 100x worse now. Almost a ‘oh you thought it was bad then, we’ll show you what we can do’

  9. Hoopjumper says:

    I remember clearly when all the TM stuff was going down before the wedding, a reporter asked MM how she was, and she replied “Wonderful “. It was perfect. She meant it. It showed she wasn’t letting her dad get to her, even though she knew exactly what the reporter was talking about. Ironically, I think she’s going to provide a lot of support for Harry during this bs.

  10. Piper says:

    Kaiser, I think two things re American press and USW. 1- post Harry’s letter to U.K. press, Harry’s anncts and news items came to US press first, there’s precedence there as you know bc he let it be known he wasn’t giving them any stories. That said, USW since it was sold 2+yrs ago, credibility has taken nose dive and their credible editors left. Doubt this story is sourced esp with Kate on the cover etc it’s meabt to be salacious. The underlining story probably has an inkling of truth but smear campaign affecting their marriage – doubt it. They’re both smarter than that and have both been through worse. Even the VF stories – only trust a few editors there as well. U.K. celebrity press has lost lots of credibility.

    • Peg says:

      USW, was ever credible 🙄.

    • Eliza says:

      People magazine (US) got a few exclusives early on. I believe Jason has connections there if i recall. The UK press were already mad about the letter, then US press were getting exclusive (even lainey pointed out the exclusives as something to keep watching).

      Harry wants to be a playmaker, but the UK press aren’t playing games. They’re just angry and he’s the easy target compared to the more protected in-line men.

      I have no solutions. It’s a mess

  11. Louise says:

    I think William went about things the wrong way but at the end of the day, they are a rich family. If I was head of the BRF, I would have a Kroll report on someone about to marry into it! it makes sense and you need to know the background. Love is love, but you need to be prepared and it would be remiss not to have as much information as possible. Obvs Thomas Markle not helping any of this. I am sure many rich families do something similar.

    Don’t forget, Fergie was embraced at the beginning and the press turned on her and of course, Diana. This is not new.

    • Hp says:

      I agree. *if* William was worried, it was out of concern for his brother. This is not a normal family. Additionally, *if* that happened, presumably they have all moved past it. He was the best man at their wedding.

      • notasugarhere says:

        If he hadn’t been the best man, if their kids hadn’t been in the wedding party, even more attacks and tabloid stories would have happened.

  12. Loretta says:

    I like Harry more and more. He’s a good man

  13. liriel says:

    I believe Meghan is trying to calm Harry down not the other way around. She’s strong, he somehow isn’t. Having said that who would have thought things would be so difficult for Meghan. At one point it seemed to be going ok despite her father and sister and now a non issue became a huge issue.

  14. Lani says:

    Meghan is a happy newly wed, has a baby on the way, is living a fabulous life she seems to enjoy. Those are great blessings to focus on. At the end of the day, I think this “campaign” and her crazy family antics are just noise in the background. Yes it must be frustrating but neither is loosing sleep over this.

    • Mego says:

      And at the end of the day you can choose not to engage with the negativity. Don’t actually read the articles and ignore the tabloids. That is how I would cope and that is how I believe Meghan copes. She ignoes and lives her life. We are much more invested in this crap than Harry and Meghan are.

  15. Rosie says:

    The tabloids are making themselves look ridiculous now. People that already hated her will continue on regardless, but the British Public love an underdog. This incessant sniping will just make people that were indifferent feel protective of her. I’m not sure what their end game is. There might have been a couple of genuine leaks at the beginning but this is ridiculous. The Times has a piece today taking the Micky out of all the alleged trusted sources and how exhausted they must be. One thing I’d bet my house on; the Cambridge kids are going to be so thrilled to have their own Royal cousin. You can be sure Savannah Phillips tells them that Mia is HER cousin. Family flare ups can be forgiven but Harry will never forgive the press.

  16. Eliza says:

    From interviews, sounds like Harry promised her a family she never had and protection.

    Now the family is awkward and the press are collectively piling on her every weekend.

    I’m sure he takes it very personally, because he seems very sensitive. I imagine it weighs heavily on him.

  17. Big Eyes says:

    Kaiser I’d like to read the inside article of the US Mag issue. The cover ”Princess Under Pressure” is EXACTLY the same cover/Princess Under Pressure of Kate with that same magazine (10th issue) mid September 2011….fast forward Harry and Meghan’s wedding year.

  18. Sassy says:

    This I’m NOT saying it’s true but this story is more believable because Harry is the more delicate flower of the two, has admitted in the past about reading stories about himself and we all know how protective of her he is. I don’t believe Meghan reads them but she’s well aware of what is said through others.

  19. Nichole says:

    Does anyone remember how Diana handled her negative press? Did she just let it roll off her, or was that a large part of what contributed to her mental illness (bulimia, depression?)

    • Peg says:

      Well Daina use to feed stories to the press, then wanted them to ga away, when she did not like the stories.

    • Mego says:

      Charles steeping out with Camilla and the knowledge that he didn’t want her is what largely drove Diana into bulimia. She endured negative press but nothing like Meghan is enduring.

      • HK9 says:

        Actually the bad press was just as bad and very invasive. Diana was not spared by the press and to this day there are still those who write negatively about her.

      • perplexed says:

        Diana and Charles were wire-tapped.

        In the Rupert Murdoch era, I think they did endure a lot of bad press.

        How much of what they did was a reaction to what they knew the press was sitting on top of in terms of wire-taps, I’ve always wondered.

        I think what Diana tried to do (mistakenly) was try to control the narrative around her, and eventually it swallowed her.

        I don’t think anyone has ever commanded the kind of attention she did though. I don’t think either KM or MM come close. I think it’s only those of us on the internet who are paying attention to them, but I don’t really see people sitting around in a pub discussing Meghan and Harry or Kate and William. Also, the Daily Mail doesn’t really count as all of the British press. It’s not like the BBC would be all that concerned with what they’re doing.

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Camilla spoke with an editor at the Sun on a weekly basis, putting stories out against Diana. Lots of stories about ‘poor Charles’. They even got Penny Junor to write in a biography that Diana had a personality disorder, so Charles ‘had no choice but to cheat.’ Those personal stories, like from the Markle clan, can wear a person down.

      • flo says:

        No, just no. Yes, what Meghan is facing is bad, but I don’t see her being literally hounded in the street. That has never happened to Meghan because of Harry threatening the press at every turn. He has done it more than Will. You can’t compare Diana and Meghan’s treatment by the press. Diana had it worse.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Diana played games with the press and used them for PR. Harry has stopped being jokey with them at engagements after them giving oxygen to her abusive family and their treatment of Meghan. That isn’t threatening the press at every turn like William, flo.

    • Rosie says:

      I think if her mental health issues weren’t already there, then finding herself married to someone she apparently found boring with no escape would have triggered them. The press adored her for years. Then she started feeding them. I don’t believe Charles was stepping out with Camilla until he knew there was no hope with Diana. He was also stepping out with Kanga at some stage but it was Camilla that Diana detested. I think it was far more complicated than Charles being unfaithful. I’m sure that was a contributing factor but the way Diana behaved afterwards indicated obsessive behaviour.

  20. Peg says:

    Please stop making Harry out to be this helpless dimwit, he know the tabloid press.
    Meghan was never wrapped in cotton wool.

  21. perplexed says:

    For some reason, I don’t feel sorry for him in this instance.

    • Christa says:

      Me neither. He’s used to getting what he wants, he probably thought everyone is going to bow down to his and her every whim but not this time.

  22. Serphina says:

    This thought just enterrd my mind in reading these comments: what if i had to suck up to my sister in law because one day she will be in charge??? My stomach sank and i kinda felt ill. I really sympathize with Megs. I can believe Kate has rebuffed her. And if she hs then shame on her because she should know how it feels. Says alot about her character if true.

    • perplexed says:

      With the number of estates the Crown has, would they really have to interact with each other much? Even Kensington Palace itself Is like a condo. I suspect they have more freedom from each other as in-laws than regular people do.

      To get access to Prince Charles’s credit card, I wouldn’t mind curtseying to Kate though. It’s not like you’re not getting something in return for submission. What does a peasant get for showing deference to an in-law? Not even a chocolate bar.

      Plus, everyone knows going in how the system works. If they don’t, they’re stupid. No one can really claim naivete about the most famous royal family in the world works.

      • Elisa says:

        “Plus, everyone, including Harry, knows going in how the system works. If they don’t, they’re stupid.”
        ITA and they have a choice; they are not forced to suck up to anyone. If they don’t like this kind of life, they can always lead a more private life away from the RF, as both Meghan and Harry are very well-off and don’t depend on Charles credit card.

      • notasugarhere says:

        No, they can’t live a private life away from the RF. He is required to live in the UK as a Counsellor of State. If they weren’t working royals, the tabloids would hound them even more. At least now there is some protection and the threat the Palace will crack down on the rampant tabloid reporters at some point.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Suspicious white powder wasn’t sent to Gary Lewis when he married Lady Davina Windsor. White nationalists didn’t rise up, state she was a race traitor, and say she should be killed because of her choice of spouse.

        The world has changed in terrible ways in recent years. Harry and Meghan’s marriage has become a strange flashpoint for white nationalists and other racists, which means these two are in constant physical danger. Being working royals is some layer of protection for that. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was part of the reason for the move to Windsor, to get them out of London.

      • flo says:

        Oh, but they do depend on Charles’ credit card, they also depend on us to bankroll their renovations when they could easily pay for the work themselves. Harry is a millionaire, Meghan is a multi-millionaire too – no excuses to mooch off the public for their home. Security is different, but the renovations part should be their own money.

      • Elisa says:

        Meghan is the new shiny Royal and that’s why the media is focussing on her. If they gave up all their official duties and moved somewhere else, the media might still be interested for a few months. But without public appearances and without possibilities of pitting Kate and Meghan against each other (the main driver of stories), the media interest would eventually die down.

        Also, the OP was talking about “sucking it up” and not about security.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I was replying to you, Elisa, not the OP. Comments like “they can just leave” aren’t an option. His sense of duty, his legal requirements, and the issue of their security. Perpetuating the idea that they could walk is a false equivalency.

  23. Sassy says:

    I don’t have sympathy for him, Meghan yes.
    He could’ve left this shit behind and lived off his millions he already has and got paid from making personal appearances. Harry knew the tabs were going to be ruthless. They were ruthless to him and he’s a white born in royal and they got a preview of how things were going to be when they were dating.

  24. Franny Days says:

    The bigger story is that Cork spent 6k on polishing door handles for a ONE day visit from Prince Charles.

  25. perplexed says:

    Even with all the gossip flying around, the royal family still seems easier to get along with than Meghan Markle’s relatives. Go figure.

  26. Louise says:

    I think Harry worries about things more because of his mother and what happened to her. He is quite used to getting away with things as the younger sibling. The nazi costume, the naked pictures in Vegas. He has hit a wall with this one though. The press really has turned since the wedding. Usually I find when the press is after you someone somewhere – the pressor the people talking to the press want you to change your behaviour. I think it all started to go wrong when she announced her pregnancy and took away the limelight from the royal wedding. After that the press started running the stories. Unfortunately I think the fact that she went and spoke at a charity event of Henry’s friend who died was probably not great either. Going was wonderful. Speaking probably not – the people there were very close friends. Imagine how would be if you went an event of a close friend and someone who just recently married another friend got up to speak. It would feel like that person was pushy regardless of whether the new spouse asked them to speak. I think Harry is putting Meghan out there and doesn’t realize that he is forgiven have a lot of behaviours because he is the Royace where is she not. As well her stopping in at the event for fashion did not work well. It looked like a grab for attention unfortunately. She showed up all Hollywood like. That is exactly what the British people don’t want. Someone acting like Hollywood on their dime. Royals are to bring attention to different causes like hospitals and charities – fashion is not that To regain what they have I think they need to lay low

    • Lady D says:

      The ‘limelight’ from the royal wedding lasted three days and included a carnival. What more did a minor royal need or require? Should there have been week-long jousting tournaments? Banners flying from the top of every turret on every palace and castle in the country? The hounds should have gone out everyday wearing wedding mementos as they tracked? The new happy couple has been mentioned twice by the press since their wedding, it’s the boyfriend stealing, homewrecker sister that’s getting all the attention these days.

      • windyriver says:

        Wouldn’t be surprised if they (Andy and Fergie) wanted to milk it for a few more days with “behind the scenes” details, and were in a snit – weren’t there pictures of the flower arrangements released after the weekend? Maybe there was a plan for more of that.

        Problem was, the tour started that Monday, and that was going to overshadow any remaining ‘limelight’ one way or another. If M&H hadn’t released a statement about her pregnancy, the discussion would have been “is she or isn’t she”, because something was clearly up. Plus, official publicity was going out related to tour events. So, there was a lovely, big wedding weekend, but interest wasn’t going to last past Sunday.

      • Rosie says:

        I think any bride is allowed to enjoy the limelight on the day itself. The coat wasn’t subtle and telling the family on that day was a bit rude.

      • Jules says:

        @Rosie, She wore what royals wear to almost every wedding. Had they not said anything, it would have been obvious in Australia. Harry and Meghan didn’t get pregnant to coincide with a minor royal’s nuptials.

      • flo says:

        Actually, no one was wearing a coat even though the day was horrendously windy. When Meghan and Harry had their first appearance in Australia, she wore a fitted dress- there was no bump. She certainly fueled the baby speculation on Eugenie’s day. They could have announced the pregnancy a few days later without that little stunt.

    • lyza says:

      Just FYI, she was asked to read a piece at the straubenzee charity carol by the Straubenzee just as Harry “appealed on behalf of the charity” to those who were there. And though the carol is in honor of Henry Straubenzee, it’s more so focused on raising funds for 3rd world countries and charities. I highly doubt Meghan was viewed an snobby or pushy because her reading a piece was expected if Harry calls order to the service every year.

      • wisdomheaven says:

        The concert is also open to the public and is not only for the family or close friends…why are folks pressed over her reading something? If the family hosting the concert wanted her to why does it matter to others?

      • notasugarhere says:

        These silly stories are likely coming from the same tumblr crowd who think she barged her way into the fashion awards and gave a speech without permission.

      • flo says:

        You obsessively read Tumblr? Interesting. If I’m a fan of somebody, I certainly don’t waste my time reading the negatives. One would only do that if one is inclined to believe the “negative” critiques on some level.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Nope, flo, but nice try. Tumblr is just one of many places where the unhinged have been given free reign, and makes for a nice simple comparison for those in the know about the situation for the last two years.

  27. Dee Kay says:

    I think that the UK press is trying to trigger, in couched ways, a lot of fears in the British public — Meghan’s race, class (not an aristo), nationality, former profession as an actress, and divorced status all could potentially send DANGER signals to the British people, and the press is making sure that they do, because fear sells “news.” That’s one lesson we’ve learned in the US with the press coverage of Trump. Trump’s dog whistling triggers Americans’ racist and sexist fears (that POC and women are “taking over” etc. etc.) and so the press repeats and repeats this and tries to push the same buttons, and it works, and it attracts clicks and views and subscriptions, and so the press keeps on doing it. I think these attacks on Meghan are not unrelated to the bashing of immigrants that happened before the Brexit vote, or here before the 2016 election. It’s all part of: “Things are CHANGING FAST and that’s VERY BAD and don’t you want things the way they USED TO BE?!?!?!”

    • Sheryl says:

      I really don’t agree with this. Take for example how the press treated Fergie and even Diana. It is all part and parcel of the royal brand they try to bring you down because they are angry that the royals are wealthy and living off the people. Regardless of who this person was who married Harry there would have been stories. That is why he had such a hard time finding someone willing to take this on. No one wanted the job really – those who are British knew from the beginning how Harry’s wife would be treated. The Americans did not however and Meghan might have walked into this without realizing it and thought she would win them over. However, all she had to do was to read history about Fergie and Diana and her story was already written.

    • Rosie says:

      I agree that the press post what will get the most reactions but you can’t blame the press for people’s original concerns. As soon as I checked who she was and saw the instagram a/c etc I was worried. Her race wasn’t really an issue for me apart from the fear of racism. I think it adds to the royal family and doesn’t detract. Her profession, not good. Her huge personality and character also worried me. Not because those are bad qualities, they’re amazing!! It’s because that’s a bad fit with the RF. She was passionate and used to having her own voice, I didn’t think she’d find it easy to dampen that down…Ireland for example. Her instinct is to voice her opinion. Again a good quality but in the diplomatic minefield for the Royal Family not always appropriate.

      Brexit wasn’t just because of people’s fear of foreign people making our country less British. That wouldn’t have been enough to get the 52%. It’s also about the population surge and our idiot politicians not taking steps to provide the infrastructure and systems for an increase in population equal to that of our second largest city. The main establishment had caused a lot of problems and they were asking people to trust them and vote for yet another layer of politicians and no control over our borders. I know Americans are very defensive about immigration as the country is built on it, and you consider us Xenophobes, but imagine this. You’ve had 10 years of immigration equal to the population of the state of Texas and no way of controlling it and you don’t have the land or money to properly accommodate all of the new people. How would you feel? I don’t think Brexit is the right way forward, but I can understand why people voted.

      • lanne says:

        People forget Meghan didn’t voice an opinion in Ireland. The OTHER LADY voiced an opinion, got excited she talked to Meghan about it, and tweeted it.

      • Rosie says:

        Thank you! The danger of inaccurate reporting. The first story sticks.

  28. Jessica says:

    I think they are focused on their family and not media reports. Negative press was bound to happen, I don’t see them letting it break them.

  29. Sassy says:

    They could walk away from it and become private citizens but the down side to that is they would become easier targets for crazies who want to physically harm them but they can always pay for security out of pocket so it could work.

    • flo says:

      Haha. These two wouldn’t pay for anything out of their own pockets. None of them would. They all like the free money train far too much to step down.

    • notasugarhere says:

      But they cannot really so it is a false equivalency some of you keep putting forward. He has a legal obligation to be a Counsellor of State. That legally requires him to live in the UK, not escape to another country. As long as they live in the UK, these types of attacks can be mitigated by the Palace whereas they couldn’t be else.

  30. thaisajs says:

    Meghan isn’t some damsel in distress. She’s a grown woman who’s handled the press and her sleazy family for years. She doesn’t need Harry to save her. I imagine he is dealing with some guilt, but you know, we all have issues. You just deal and get on with your life.

    There are a lot of things coming together here to cause this flurry of press — Prince Charles’ efforts to make himself look relevant, Prince William’s jealousy, Kate’s jealousy, thinly-veiled racism by some — and it’s going to stay like this for a while. Here’s the thing, tho, it’s not like Meghan is up for re-election. What are they going to do? Throw the Sussex’s out of the royal family? Send them into exile because she wore dark nail polish?

  31. Vanessa says:

    I’m curious what the Queen thinks about all of this. She must be aware of whats going on. And as far as we know, she really likes Meghan and maybe not so much Kate? Or at least not as much as she does Meghan? So I’m just curious what her opinions are and how this affects William and Kate’s relationship with her, or even William and Kate’s relationship with Charles, who also really likes Meghan. Just seems to me Will and Kate are kind of on their own in the [immediate] family in regards to their hostility towards Harry and Meghan. Also, where do Beatrice and Eugenie stand? They also weren’t super fond of Kate, were they? Could they be Team Meghan by proxy? Just trying to divide and conquer. Families are fun.

  32. Teaspilled says:

    I do think she is getting shit on extra hard because of everything that makes her an outside (race, divorce, already famous in her own right, American, etc.) however in regards to people calling her difficult I feel their may be truth to that just because of cultural differences. I moved in with a guy in England I was enamored with. He said he loved me after three days and we “ran away” together. But after two years little things cropped up. Being American he found many things I did to be unbecoming. Simple manners I did in a way different than their norm. Like ordering an ice cream and saying please at the end of the sentence instead of beginning. I realized some things I did were odd for the Brits. How loud I am, saying really whatever to anyone. And sure it was often seen as friendly and them uptight, but there were enough little differences that people noticed. Add to the scrutiny of the press, royalty, and the like and I can see people there genuinely seeing Meg as difficult when it’s really she’s just different. As for Harry I’m sure it’s not easy given his past to experience this again and again. But I don’t have a terrible amount of sympathy for him. Honestly wear a Nazi costume once and I’m sort of over you.

    • Mich says:

      A thing about the Brits is that so much of what they mean is frequently left unsaid. It’s weird and ridiculous. I remember some really difficult times when I first moved to a former colony because people were intent on interpreting my words beyond what I had actually said. So exhausting. I said what I said, there was no ‘hidden’ meaning to be divined between the lines. It took a few years to figure out how to manage this.

      Also, I’ve been thinking a lot about Meghan being castigated for supposedly expecting too much of others. In my first annual review at the company I was working for overseas, I was given negative marks for working too many hours because it “set a bad example” for other employees. The company had promised various clients a certain number of my hours, I worked those hours because they had been promised, and then I was told I was setting a bad example. Insane.

      • Teaspilled says:

        Yes exactly! When that British boyfriend came to America with me and we went out to eat and his steak was more rare than he wished I said he should send it back. He looked at me like he was getting a prostate exam. Just sit and soak in misery but never say it.

      • Olenna says:

        @Teaspilled, LOL! The perfect guy–low maintenance!

  33. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    My ex, when I was pregnant, yelled at a guy who tried to yell at me about a parking space I was saving for my then hubby. I was just sitting in my car until he pulled around to take the spot and the man realized I was saving it. Then he was saying (yelling) “You can’t do that” and my ex cam up just then and jumped out and yelled “She can do whatever the f*ck she wants!” This was very, very unlike him, but he was super protective of my pregnant self. So I don’t know how true the exact story is, but I do imagine Harry is protective of Meghan.

  34. burdzeyeview says:

    Harry must be feeling betrayed – he must be absolutely raging that the leaks are coming from someone within – even from the Cambridge camp? And from Meghan’s ghastly family members …its like the ultimate betrayal – he would’ve expected pap pics and made up stories in the red tops but would never have imagined they would be dishing the dirt (or making it up) from within. Anyway, everyone I know loves Meghan and Harry – they would do well to remember that the British people in the main are very supportive of them – if they work hard for good causes and do their duty to the country.

  35. Big Eyes says:

    The DM has paid the US Weekly (exclusive), here is some inside story of their article…Rumours of family tensions inside Kensington Palace have been swirling for months – and it appears the Duchess of Sussex is beginning to feel the pressure. Sources say Meghan, 37, is ‘fed-up’ of not being able to ‘stand up for herself’ as the demands of royal protocol dictate she keeps a dignified silence regarding rumours of a ‘feud’ between her and sister-in-law Kate. An insider told Us Weekly the pregnant duchess is finding it ‘frustrating and stressful’ having ‘no voice’ – and finds the constraints of royal life ‘debilitating’.
    ***
    If its true, then I hope she copes with the protocol, if she speaks out, she will be giving reason to her Dad…

  36. Themummy says:

    I’ve been thinking about this lately and wondering if this entire smear campaign might just be too much pressure on a brand new marriage. It’s entirely possible that they could completely sour on the marriage and it breaks down. I hope not, but lately it does seem much more likely.

  37. DP says:

    Harry has to ignore it or it will get worse.
    William and Kate could help though. Not necessarily by releasing a statement or doing a pap stroll, but possibly by appearing together at an event and seeming friendly.
    I don’t know if they’re behind any of this, but I do suspect they really are jealous of Harry and Meghan and won’t willingly help.

  38. Fluffy Princess says:

    Aww, I can see why this upsets P. Harry.

    I mean since Meghan, he really and truly radiates his happiness–he is in love, and Meghan loves him back — and he literally just has a happy step to his gait in general. When you are in love like that you want everyone to love your g-friend/wife like you do!

    The fact she has been ruthlessly denigrated in the press, dog whistles of racism, the elitist snobbery and all the other BS rumors — has got to hurt. And it’s such a shame that it literally rains on their happiness parade: first year of marriage, the baby on the way. Sigh.

    I know they will rise above as Meghan seems to do (I think she’s tougher in that aspect having “made it” in Hollywood.) Just because she gets slagged as a B-List actress–as if even “B-list” is easy to attain — it is NOT. I’m sure she’s faced some really not so great/pleasant encounters in her time–and not just snide “whispers.” I mean to her face awfulness, and yet she kept at it and didn’t give up. I believe she is also smart enough to know that this kind of flack would be coming her way — as mentioned above: American, older, divorced, biracial. AND she accepted what was to come and went for it anyway. Don’t underestimate her resolve.

    One of the snide remarks I hate hate hate hate the most is when you see comments about Kate as, “This what a REAL Duchess does/is/says/looks like.” As if Meghan has been some trash and not the epitome of graciousness when out on her duties.

  39. Vanessa says:

    Meghan and Harry survive the bad press this summer with her father and half sister talking about her constantly I’m sure the press negative articles aren’t bother them now . This is woman has been demonized by the British press since the moments the world found out about her their has been lies spread about her through tumbler accusing her mother of being married multiple times and having multiple kids . Meghan still said nothing her own father and half siblings attack her daily on online and she hasn’t said anything I think the press is just guessing how Harry and Meghan feel their is no real inside the press has completely took the rumors and run with it because they know the palace won’t comfirm or deny anything so there’s no real way to know what true and what false . And they are banking on the fact that their section of people out there who dislike Meghan so much that they will believe anything they said about her whether it’s true or not they are banking on the hate for her to sell papers . I think it’s disgusting the way the media have gone after Meghan while she is pregnant they left Kate alone throughout her three pregnancies why can’t they do the same for Meghan it’s seems like the level of hate has gotten worse since she announced her pregnancy .

  40. delorb says:

    The rags are in it for the money. They’ll sell one narrative if it makes them money, then switch to something else when it stops. Kate has had this treatment, so has William, the Queen, Diana, and Charles. When it stops being fashionable (and lucrative) to crap on her, they’ll treat her like a saint. And when that stops making them money she’ll be back to being the root of all evil.

  41. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    So the tabloids are reporting that Harry is upset by tabloid reports? It seems like the tabs are fueling their own story lines. Is there even any evidence that Harry or Meghan are upset? They seem fairly happy to me. I think this is all b.s.

  42. Catlady says:

    At the end of the day Harry and Meghan only need to do one thing, and that thing is to take the high road, and focus on doing good, whatever that may be. Responding to that kind of nonsense is ineffective and adds fuel to the fire. The press is kind of like the naughty child who keeps acting out to get attention. This lovely couple must ignore this ridiculousness. The longer they do the above, the more likely it is that the smear campaign will run out of gas and those promoting it will be ostracized as the bullies they are.

  43. Mich says:

    I think he probably feels incredibly guilty that she is being subjected to this. And if he thinks his family, particularly his brother, might be involved, it just makes it so much worse. Wasn’t it said that he decided he wanted to marry someone already at least semi-famous because it would make the spotlight turned on them somewhat easier? No way anyone could have predicted this though.

    Meghan has proven again and again that she is made of very tough stuff. My money is on them weathering this.

    Worst case for the Royal Family is that they leave it. They are stars with big hearts. The spotlight will continue to follow them.

  44. Sara Martin says:

    He’s a Prince, and she’s a Duchess. I doubt very much that they think about this at all. After what happened to his mother, he has most likely learned to turn a blind eye to gossip rags, and it’s morbidly repulsive the way these publications try to draw blood in this way.

  45. Rosie says:

    Unless she’s an outstanding actress I don’t think she could have faked her confidence and happiness at the Fashion event. I don’t think this is hurting her deeply, it’s more like an irritating fly. The press and online criticisms must be nothing compared to her own flesh and blood turning on her. Can you imagine growing up with Samantha festering in the background. That was probably like training course in dealing with emotional abuse. Most of the press stories are probably about as accurate as Julia Roberts holes getting better with age.

  46. Linda Reid says:

    Meghan Markle is tough as nails. She would have to be in order to get herself as far as she did before she met Harry. I believe that even without becoming a duchess she would have found a way to make her mark. Some people are just destined to do certain things.

  47. IcePrincess says:

    Interesting timing that this latest barrage started right after Eugenie’s wedding/pregnancy announcement – maybe sour grapes from the DoY?

  48. Anare says:

    Very interesting that Harry was at his father’s side for the Prince’s Trust gathering/round table meeting. Saw pics on IG. I seem to recall that Charles had wanted or expected that William would take over the Prince’s Trust and William said no. Will Harry be the successor? Could it be that William is getting squeezed out because of his petulance? Harry and Megan are the rising stars and William is pissed. It kind of all makes sense when I have my tin foil hat on. 😂

    • Bluthfan says:

      Man, would William be pissed if Charles gave the trust to Harry.

    • Lava says:

      The Prince’s trust works with different youth charities & initiatives. The discussion was on youth violence, something which has been touted as Harry’s new cause. IIRC, William and Harry have already openly said they aren’t going to take on the Prince’s Trust (much to Charles disappointment) so new changes were made recently to bring in someone new to head the charity.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The Prince’s Trust is William’s job, just like the Duchy of Cornwall will be his job, as he is the future holder of those titles. It isn’t Harry’s job to do William’s work.

      • Leyton says:

        The Prince’s Trust is Charles personal thing. It’s not guaranteed to be given to William but rather the person who most wants it. Though Harry has said ifferent before, I do think he would want to get more involved as it does involve the youth and that’s really what he enjoys and does well with.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It uses the Prince of Wales feather logo as the logo for the charity. It is William’s responsibility, not Harry’s.

  49. blunt talker says:

    The tabloid stories got very negative when it was revealed Harry and Meghan were moving to Frogmore Cottage. I took the time to look up the Windsor area. I don’t blame them one damn bit for moving to this area. Top of the line schools. Privacy to come and go as they please. Some very wealthy people live this area also. This area has strong security. They can live there without the press being instrusive on a daily basis. William has to be London based/Harry doesn’t. This why the press is attacking Meghan so much. They don’t want them to move there and create their own life within the monarchy which will keep nosey/evil minded people out of their business. If they are not at Kensington Palace, picking their own staff, and living their life outside of prying eyes the press hates this worst than anything. If the press would be honest for once in life, the Sussexes had plans for this in the beginning before they married they didn’t tell anybody except the royal family. This was the plan all along. This is why the Queen gave it to them as a wedding present. Sorry tabloids your journalists don’t do their jobs very well at all. They can have events and people at their home and tell you about it later.

  50. Punkypuss says:

    I find it hysterical that you all hop up and down blaming the cambridges for the way the tabloids portray megan but dont forget waity katie had just as hard a time when she first joined the firm. Neither lady should be smeared like they both have been after all the BRF have a silence is golden rule. And fyi you cant claim racisim as they never mention megans heritage. Lets just get over the fact there probably isnt a feud and both probably get along just fine.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate had nowhere near this level of hostility, nor was social media around at this level then. If it had been, there would have been far more articles about her decade of boozing and never working.

      I’ve never before seen this level of outright hostility towards a royal bride in a couple of decades of royal watching.

  51. Nikki. says:

    I was right in saying that she should have take legal actions against her father/sister MONTHS ago. It was a stupid idea, letting them talk. It will only get worse.
    Grey rock method only works for anonymus regulars.