Being a royal has its perks – the fashion, the princes, the tiaras, the castles – but it definitely also has its drawbacks, from the end of privacy to the dreaded rumour mill.
No one knows this more than Meghan Markle, who has endured an endless stream of online bullying since becoming a Duchess - everything from a supposed feud with Kate Middleton to racist abuse via social media.
This week, she became the subject of yet more bad press as a report claimed that those around her in the palace have employed a nasty term for the Duchess.
According to an article by Tatler, titled One Year of Meghanomania, some ‘disgruntled’ palace staff have nicknamed the Duchess of Sussex ‘Me-Gain’.
This unsurprisingly is something that is said to have angered her husband, Prince Harry.
‘[Harry] will be angry, he will be upset, he will want to keep his head down and he will want to protect Meghan,’ former palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter explained to Nine News Australia.
‘He would be angry that something like this is coming out. You have got to remember too...I mean, you were here for the wedding and you saw how the media were operating. They were putting Meghan and Harry right up on a pedestal. Since the end of summer in the autumn, they have been chipping away at those pedestals and really having a go.’
He continued: ‘To be honest, there’s probably little to no truth to rumours that staff call Meghan by this nickname, but that doesn’t make the reports any less hurtful.’
Can we all give Meghan a break to have her baby in peace?
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