Meghan Markle Was ‘Prohibited From Defending Herself’ as Royal Family Member, Court Documents Claim
As a self-made American actor, image means everything to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. After climbing the ladder in Hollywood, she gained recognition not simply from her role as Rachel Zane on the drama series, Suits but also because of her deep social consciousness.
Her willingness to speak up for others and to extend a helping hand is what dazzled Prince Harry. However, marrying into the British royal family meant that Meghan was going to have to tone down her opinions and her outspokenness regarding certain topics.
Though the duchess understood this was part of the job, she did not expect to be scrutinized in the press and for the royal family to remain silent about the things she was experiencing. Worst still, in court documents the duchess says she was prohibited from defending herself.
The British press villainized Meghan Markle
When she and Prince Harry were initially linked, there was a ton of fascination surrounding the duchess. Unfortunately, the good press quickly faded in favor of troubling tabloids and exposes about Meghan. Royal author Tom Quinn explained the press’ viciousness toward Meghan to Fox News,
The British press are famously good at taking someone and building them up and saying they’re absolutely wonderful. And then when that story runs out of steam, they need something else. So they then come up with the opposite. They run that person down… The nicknames were picked up by the press and used against Meghan. They did, in fact, come from the palace.
Though she had been warned about the press’ antics, nothing could have prepared the duchess for what she experienced first hand. “I had no idea,” she explained in an interview for ITV’s Harry and Meghan: An African Journey.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry begged the royal family for help
With the constant lies and rumors getting worse by the day, Meghan and Prince Harry asked the royal family to abandon their “stiff-upper-lip policy” and intervene on the duchess’ behalf.
At one point things got so bad for Meghan that she began isolating herself at her home, Frogmore Cottage. “Meghan was convinced there was a conspiracy against her and so she basically put herself in isolation when they moved to Frogmore,” a source told royal expert Katie Nicholl for The Times. “She also felt like an outsider from the start, this wasn’t the life she was used to and she wanted out.”
Unfortunately, no aide was provided, and the Sussexes decided that Megxit was their only way out. “Meghan said Harry made it crystal clear that they could not function in good faith under the current system…and that if it wasn’t revised and updated to their liking, they would have no other choice than to break from the royal family,” an insider explained to Daily Mail. “[Meghan] said no one took [Harry’s] pleas seriously, so they had to take the issue into their own hands.”
Meghan Markle was prohibited from defending herself
Meghan experienced the worst of the harassment by the British press during her pregnancy with her son, Archie Harrison. Not only did the royal family remain silent, but the duchess was also apparently barred from defending herself.
Court documents from Meghan’s privacy claim against Mail on Sunday, Associated Newspapers Limited reveal just how helpless she felt. The claim reads,
The Claimant had become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media, specifically by the Defendant, which caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health. As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself. The stance of “no comment” was taken by the KP Communications Team without any discussion with or approval by the Claimant, as is standard practice for Royal communications.
Amid Megxit and a recent scathing expose on Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge by Tatler Magazine, the British royal family seem to be revising their stance on their “never complain or explain” policy.