Do Meghan Markle’s Friends Think She’s Changed Since Marrying Prince Harry?

Relationships change people. Whether that’s for better or worse is up to the people in them. For Meghan Markle, a lot is different about her life now. First off, she quit the job that she had worked so hard to land and moved to another country. But even bigger than all of that, she married into a royal family.

Going through all of those life transitions had to have some sort of effect on the new Duchess. And who would know about those changes better than her close friends?

How Markle changed after her first marriage

Prince Harry isn’t the first person that Markle has called “husband.” In 2011, she married her ex, Trevor Engelson, in Jamaica. But soon after the wedding, everything changed.

“After the wedding, it was like a light switched off. There’s Meghan Before Fame and Meghan After Fame,” Markle’s former best friend Ninaki Priddy told The Sun.

Once she gained notoriety on Suits, Markle reportedly grew tired of Engelson.

“He [Engelson] went from cherishing Meghan to, as one friend observed, ‘Feeling like he was a piece of something stuck to the bottom of her shoe,'” wrote Andrew Morton in his new biography “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.”

“What once endeared now irritated. A self-confessed perfectionist, Meghan had tolerated Trevor’s scattered approach to life for years.”

And apparently, Markle didn’t end the relationship in the best way.

“What came to light after Trevor and I spoke ended my friendship with Meghan,” Priddy told the Sun. “I think everybody who knew them both was in shock. All I can say now is that I think Meghan was calculated, very calculated, in the way she handled people and relationships. She is very strategic in the way she cultivates circles of friends.”

“Once she decides you’re not part of her life, she can be very cold,” she continued. “It’s this shutdown mechanism she has.”

Has Markle changed since marrying Prince Harry?

Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry has seemed to have the opposite effect on her as her divorce from Engelson.

“I don’t know many people who are as generous and supportive as Meg is,” Markle’s best friend Lindsay Roth told People before Markle’s wedding. “I think people assume that when someone gains notoriety that they change. But she’s still the same girl I met years ago, with the same values and priorities.”

“She’s selfless, and that’s just a part of who she is and who she was raised to be. We should all strive to handle the ups and downs of our lives as gracefully, smartly, elegantly, positively, realistically, and graciously as Meg has.”

And even since her marriage, her friends haven’t noticed a change in her.

“We had a couple of days together recently,” one of her friends told People after the royal wedding. “Her husband was out of town on work. In the room she made up for me, there was a candle lit by the bed, slippers, and a robe.”

“We were the only two in the house. It was our time. She made the most lovely meals. She made tea every day. It was raining and muddy outside, so the dogs got all dirty, and she’s wiping them off with towels. How much she loves her animals, how much she loves her friends, how much she loves feeding you, taking care of you—none of that has changed.”