Sure, being a royal had its advantages – 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.
The now Duchess of Sussex has had a difficult start to royal life, with everything from her fashion choices to her decisions regarding the upbringing of baby Archie never failing to divide the public and cause viral news.
Meghan was criticised for having an obvious bump and looking tired just days after she gave birth, and now, three months later, she is being criticised for losing that very same weight she was bullied for having.
The Duchess of Sussex, who it was recently reported wants to ‘change the perception’ around post-baby bodies, has been accused of taking diet pills, with the brand in question even fabricating quotes that they alleged had come from the Duchess herself.
According to The Sun, the ‘Keto Weight Loss’ tablets reportedly claimed to be Megan’s ‘passion project’, going on to insist that the Duchess is ‘obsessed over her weight’.
There are also reportedly fake quotes from Meghan, with one reading: ‘Post pregnancy my body had lost its shape. But, with keto body tone, I came back.’
‘All my life I’ve been passionate about taking care of my weight due to the pressures of Hollywood to stay young and look fit,’ read another reportedly fabricated Meghan Markle quote to advertise the pills. ‘For the last 10 years I’ve been traveling the world and sourcing organic ingredients and weight loss remedies.’
This is something that the royal family has understandably been forced to address, with The Sun reporting that Buckingham Palace is fighting the adverts.
‘This is obviously not true and an illegal use of the Duchess’ name for advertising purpose,’ a royal source reportedly told the Sunday Mirror this week. ‘We will follow our normal course of action.’
Is there nothing Meghan Markle can do without being criticised?
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