Did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Really Have a ‘Summer of Hell’?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been in the spotlight for years, but this year has been especially noteworthy for the royal couple. After welcoming their son, Archie Harrison, in early May, the two went on to face some of the worst backlash and publicity of their lives.

Now that the summer is over and Duchess Meghan is back from maternity leave, the couple is liking looking on to what lies ahead. Recently, a royal insider opened up to offer some clarity about what made their summer so difficult and whether or not they are letting the media outrage affect them now. 

Meghan Markle’s Wimbledon scandal

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In early July, Markle made a rare public appearance at Wimbledon to watch tennis and enjoy an afternoon out. Still, it didn’t take long before fans and critics alike were angry with her actions that day. Or rather, the actions of her security team.

When bystanders tried to take some pictures of Markle, her security stepped forward and told fans that since Markle was there in a “private capacity,” pictures would not be allowed. The negativity in the media in the days that followed the incident was intense.

Celebrities, media professionals, and royal watchers alike were angry that Markle would not be more open to photos, and she was even called “tacky” for banning pictures. All in all, it was a pretty terrible return to the public forum, and the incident would set the tone for the months that followed. 

Prince Harry gets called a “fake activist”

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Today, during the launch event of the new global initiative ‘Travalyst’, The Duke of Sussex shared his remarks on the exciting new initiative from Amsterdam. #Travalyst, an initiative led by The Duke and founded by Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa, sees a pressing need for increased collaboration to make sustainability a priority across our entire travel experience – and we believe that collective, collaborative action will be critical to achieve this. The travel and tourism sector is constantly growing and contributes a significant impact to the world we live in today. The Duke sees it as one of the worlds biggest problems but believes this partnership can make it one its greatest solutions: • – 1.8 Billion trips will be made annually by 2030, and since 2000, the number of trips taken around the world has more than doubled – 71% of global travellers think travel companies should offer more sustainable options – $8.8 Trillion was generated to the global economy from travel and tourism last year – 57% of all international trips by 2030 will include emerging market destinations We plan to work closely with local communities and providers, leveraging technology to help scale sustainable supply to meet the growing mass-market demand from consumers – ultimately, making sustainable travel options of all kinds easier for consumers to identify, book and enjoy. Click our link in bio to read The Duke of Sussex full speech from today Photo ©️ SussexRoyal

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It’s no secret that Prince Harry and Markle are both passionate about saving the environment. The two have devoted a great deal of time and attention to different charities that focus on fighting the effects of global warming. Over the summer, Prince Harry started stepping up his efforts by making speeches and appearances at several different environmental awareness conventions.

Still, he drew harsh criticism when he took several flights by private jet, including one with Duchess Meghan to Elton John’s lavish estate. Fans called Prince Harry a hypocrite and a “fake activist.”

That wasn’t the end of the criticism that Prince Harry received over the summer. He also got backlash for claiming that he and Markle would only have two children maximum because of the potential negative effects on the environment. Many people felt as though his words were a dig at his older brother, Prince William, who has three children. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are looking to the future

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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It could be because of the negativity that they have experienced themselves, or simply that they want him to have a more private life, but either way, Prince Harry and Markle seem determined to keep Archie Harrison away from the spotlight as much as possible.

That protectiveness is another reason why royal insiders have referred to the summer of 2019 as Markle and Prince Harry’s “summer of hell.” According to the report, the two are causing headaches for the rest of the royal family, as they seek to control the endless stream of negative media coverage.

Still, it seems likely that Markle and Prince Harry aren’t really sweating the hate all that much. After all, they have a major trip to Africa coming up, a place that Prince Harry calls his “second home” and a place that they both have great love and affection for.

Markle is also getting back into the swing of things, working on some high-profile projects that are close to her heart, such as guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue. They are probably both far too busy to spend too much time dwelling on the bad press. And, in the world of the royals, there’s no time to look back — only to the future.