‘Demanding Meghan Markle is rubbing royal insiders the wrong way and Prince Harry has become grumpy‘
Meghan Markle EGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been branded “high maintenance” and are rubbing royal insiders the wrong way, an expert has claimed.
The “ambitious” Duchess of Sussex has reportedly become frustrated and was even seen “bawling” at a hairdresser to get her hairdo just right, the New York Post reports.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been branded 'high maintenance' by a royal expert
And ex-Sun royal editor Duncan Larcombe has revealed that Harry has become “quite grumpy” - which is unlike him.
The pair apparently snubbed press while on their trip around Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand last year.
“All of Harry’s staff have always thought he was fantastic, but the two of them [together] are high maintenance,” Larcombe said.
He told how the prince has become “quite grumpy and aloof from his own inner circle of staff. Harry was always very pally with [them], so this is very unlike him.
“What people love about Harry is that he wears his heart on his sleeve,” Larcombe added.
“He’s down to earth, a normal guy trapped in the royal world, and he doesn’t take himself very seriously. But now he is.”
The difference, sources say, is Meghan — whose American independence is reportedly rubbing some royal insiders the wrong way.
They claim that it’s been tough for the duchess, who is expecting a baby in April, to go from controlling her own personal and professional life to not being allowed to make all her own decisions.
“During their tour, just before they were about to go to the Invictus Games, Meghan was bawling at her hairdresser to get her hair right, while at the same time someone was ironing the bottom of the dress she was wearing,” said a tour insider.
Larcombe said he is “not in the least surprised there’s been teething problems” as the duchess adjusts to her new life and the constraints that come with it.While her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, briefly held a position as a part-time fashion buyer before marrying Prince William, Meghan is unprecedented in that she previously had a high-profile acting and philanthropic career.
“As an actress, Meghan expects perfection,” he said. “But when you’re in the royal family, you have to learn that it’s not about you, it’s about what you represent.”
According to a longtime friend of Meghan’s, part of the culture clash comes from her eagerness to make her mark.
“Meghan is a great girl — the kind you can go and have a drink with. She’s always there for her friends and is extremely loyal,” the friend told The Post, pointing out how the duchess has had the same close pals for years, including her college BFF Lindsay Roth and stylist Jessica Mulroney.
But, the friend added, “She’s ballsy. She’s unashamedly ambitious — she has a great work ethic — and I can only imagine how that’s gone down inside the palace.”
Indeed, Meghan has thrown herself into her work.
She’s hands-on at the Royal Foundation, the philanthropic organisation she leads with her husband, Prince William and Kate.
And Meghan recently aligned herself with three more pet causes: The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, both of which are patronages she took over from Queen Elizabeth, as well as the charities benefiting unemployed women and animal welfare.
“Meghan wanted to get [deeply involved] from the beginning,” said a palace insider. “She’s very bright and questioned absolutely everything from her first briefing.”
It was Meghan’s idea to publish a cookbook to aid the survivors of London’s Grenfell Tower fire, which caused the deaths of 72 people in June 2017.
The Duchess of Sussex’s hard-driving work ethic has even pushed sister-in-law Kate to work harder since her recent return from maternity leave. “Kate has to keep up with Meghan!” said the palace insider.
However, this ambition has also ruffled feathers, with three key members of Meghan and Harry’s staff resigning in the past few months.
Among them, the couple’s private secretary, who had previously been the Queen’s personal secretary and was charged with helping Meghan settle into royal life.
The duchess’ personal assistant had previously worked for singer Robbie Williams but, the Mirror reported, left the palace because “Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it ended up with her in tears.”
Similarly, Harry and Meghan’s chief protection officer quit after only six months because of resistance from the duchess.
“Even though [Meghan] was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“But in her current role she can’t go anywhere without her protection team, and that’s a massive constraining force on an individual like her.”
All of this is stressing out her husband, sources say.
“Harry wants to be protective of Meghan,” Larcombe explained. “If she’s getting frustrated and stressed, he is the one reading the riot act to the staff and doing the demanding on her behalf.
“But you can’t blame Meghan, she’s gone into her biggest role yet and she’s put her heart and soul into it.
Yes, she is firing off e-mails to staff at 5 a.m., but she’s super-keen and Harry is taking his lead from her. He is under a lot of pressure behind the scenes.”
Adding to tensions are Meghan’s extended-family members.
While her yoga teacher mother, Doria Ragland, remains dignified and quiet at home in Los Angeles, Meghan’s dad and half-siblings have been outspoken after their feud with Meghan.
Next up, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will soon relocate to their new home at Frogmore Cottage — which has undergone a £3million renovation — within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Via The Sun
My view: I think greedy and selfish are the right words for Meghan Markle. I don't see her as a humanitarian, she's just about herself and the camera , not about the royal family she represents. I just don't see the point in causing her husband and others so much stress. Prince Harry married a controlling woman, who is doing everything she could to make him look bad. If Meghan wants perfection, then how come she wasn't an A-list star, getting all the big movie roles in Hollywood before meeting Harry?, she's just Cruella and her husband is tagging along obeying her commands, it's shameful.