After months of rumors of Meghan and Harry feuding with Kate and William, and the label ‘Duchess Difficult,’ Meghan has four new royal patronages, including two of the queen’s.
Whatever else the announcement of Meghan Markle’s new royal patronages achieves, the Royal Family will hope it consigns the predominant pre-New Year storyline of she and Harry feuding with Kate and William to the trash can.
There was the story that Markle had made Kate cry at a bridesmaid dress fitting, that Meghan was known as “Duchess Difficult,” that she was trying to change how Royal life runs (very slowly), and that her and Harry’s move out of Kensington Palace, breaking up the “Fab Four,” was not just down to space, but also to strained relations within the quartet.
A Christmas Day photocall, with the four young royals pictured heading to church in Sandringham, did little to quell the rumors.
“Meghan has so much on her plate, between being pregnant and dealing with the public backlash, and she’s finding the whole situation incredibly stressful,” a royal source told Us Weekly this week.
A second source told Us Weekly that Markle is “definitely bothered by all the reports and speculation” and notes “some things are just hard to stay away from.”
“Meghan made a huge sacrifice by moving across the pond, away from her mom and friends,” a so-called “insider” told Us Weekly. “Marrying into the the royal family isn’t anywhere near as glamorous as it seems, so in a lot of ways Harry feels responsible for Meghan being so miserable.”
A source “close to the duchess” said Harry “takes any attack on Meghan very personally.” “He’s wanted to publicly make a statement many times defending Meghan and addressing the false rumors,” the source said. “But was advised not to.”
On Thursday, with the announcement of the patronages, came an attempt to restore some order, and also some royal standing to Meghan.
This was inevitably partly facilitated by the Queen, whose patience for the relentless battery of negative headlines about the young generation of royals might have been fraying.
In a series of tweets, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan would become “Patron of four organizations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.”
The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare. pic.twitter.com/tU9QWDlPyH
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
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