How The Press Drove Meghan Markle To No Longer Play By The Rules

The British press has been brutal to Meghan Markle since her relationship with Prince Harry first began. Markle’s no stranger to being in the public eye with her background in Hollywood, but since she took on the title of ‘duchess,’ she’s had to deal with particularly unmerciful scrutiny. 

When Markle and Prince Harry first came out saying they were going to debut the details of baby Archie differently than how it’s been done in the past, many British journalists thought the decision was an attempt to get back at the British media for their rocky relationship with the Sussexes in the past couple years. 

Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage
Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

The royal couple received a ton of backlash for the stray from tradition. 

Royal commentator Carole Malone, especially, felt the decision was a “slap in the face.”

“Someone needs to explain to me how a statement announcing the baby’s name, weight and gender would invade their privacy or deny them precious family time,” she said on Sky News. “This is is an unprecedented slap in the face for those legions of decent, ordinary people who love the Royal Family and see the royal birth as a joyous, national celebration – a celebration they’ve now been shut out of […] Isn’t it time the Royals gave something back?”

Meghan Markle, reportedly, isn’t playing by the press’ rules anymore

A source recently told Us Weekly that Markle’s mentality towards the press has changed over the years. Apparently, she’s done playing by their rules. 

“It’s hard for Meghan in London because the press is so vicious to her there,” a source told Us. “This is her life. But her mentality is like, ‘Well, if this is what it’s going to be like, I’m going to do what I want to do. I won’t play by these rules.'”

Specifically, Markle is currently strategizing how to become more content in her role, even if that means bending the rules from time to time. She’s “figuring out what she can do in terms of being active [and more] comfortable with her role,” says the source. Prince Harry “supports her but recommends that she moves with ease.”

When it comes to the various charities and projects she’s involved with, Markle would like a more hands-on role. According to Us Weekly, Markle’s project management style is partially what caused Markle and Harry to separate from the Royal Foundation they originally shared with Prince William and Kate Middleton.  

Middleton and Markle had different ideas about how to run the joint charity. Markle wanted “to be more involved—create initiatives and be in the trenches,” said the source, while Kate wanted to be “more hands off.” However, there was no “disagreement or rift” between the duchesses, the two just preferred different strategies. 

But according to Elle Magazine, Markle, Middleton, Harry, and William will continue to work on projects together in the future. They’ll even “continue to support each other on projects that they themselves do not have a link to,” sources shared with the publication. “They will still come together to make a difference.”

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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Markle is distinctly passionate about charity work. Elle reports that a trusted confidant told the publication that Markle goes to great lengths to help out the charities she’s passionate about. 

“All the private visits to places and charities and stuff that she does without the media, with no one looking—it’s literally incredible how much she does, the places she sneaks in and out of. Meghan has shared with those closest to her, ‘I just really want to be there, and I don’t want anyone that’s there to feel distracted or funny about me being there,'” said the source. 

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