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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry, decided to sue a few tabloid newspapers in the fall of 2019. Aside from claiming their privacy had been invaded by these news outlets, the Sussexes also shared Meghan had been the victim of a “ruthless campaign” waged by the press to dehumanize her.

Meghan’s personality is constantly being negatively depicted by many tabloid outlets. However, what might be surprising to fans is that she was reportedly branded some of these adjectives when she was a kid as well.

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Meghan Markle has been called a ‘fraud’ by the tabloids

Meghan has been incessantly attacked by the British press, with numerous critics making judgments about her personality and character.

For example, one common idea the press has spread about Meghan revolves around her being a “fraud.” After Meghan and Harry stepped down from their position as senior royals, a critic wrote to CCN, “Harry is a prince, a duke, an earl, and a frigging baron. So if he and Meghan Markle think they can pull off their ‘man and woman of the people’ act without actually renouncing all ties to the British royal family, they must be more deluded than they look.”

Additionally, after Meghan guest-edited an issue of Vogue to highlight social issues, Piers Morgan noted, “I’m sure the one thing we all need most in the world right now is a fabulously rich and entitled Princess lecturing us on privilege from her servant-laden royal quarters.”

Meghan’s classmates also thought her go-getter personality made her ‘fake’

As a kid, Meghan had to deal with criticism as well. She was reportedly called ‘fake’ by fellow classmates.

According to the biography Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Meghan grew up as a biracial child. As such, she often felt she had to work hard in life to not be “an underdog.” However, Meghan’s motivation to succeed had allegedly made her come across as “fake” to her peers.

“Meghan’s willingness to help others and her drive to excel meant she often was deemed ‘fake’ by classmates as school who felt it was impossible for anyone to be that ‘perfect,’” Scobie and Durand wrote.

The authors continued, “However, Meghan never thought she was perfect. In fact, she often felt she had more to prove.”

Scobie and Durand also went on to describe how Meghan “joined every club” in high school. As a student at Northwestern University, Meghan reportedly balanced various part-time jobs with school work and sorority responsibilities.

Meghan has been branded ‘difficult’ and ‘demanding’ by critics


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After Meghan joined the royal family, news articles also surfaced about her allegedly being hard to work with.

For example, there were many rumors going around that staff members did not enjoy working with Meghan, even going as far as nicknaming her “Duchess Difficult,” “Me-Gain,” and “Hurricane Meghan.” Additionally, Meghan has even been called “demanding” and a “diva.”

Of course, these are all merely speculations. Some have even said these labels simply stem from Meghan’s background as a woman of color and a Hollywood actress.