Meghan Markle Was Reportedly Frustrated by the Palace Silencing Her Voice

Americans across the country cheered when Prince Harry decided to marry U.S.-born actress Meghan Markle, making her the first American princess (okay, duchess) of this generation. While most Americans celebrated their union, however, many staunch supporters of the monarchy apparently weren’t so pleased with Prince Harry’s choice. 

The U.K. media were brutal to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and tabloids were filled with thinly veiled racist remarks against her. This led to her and her prince famously stepping down from their royal duties and dropping their royal titles.

Now, it’s been revealed that not only was Meghan understandably hurt by the tabloids‘ remarks against her, but she was frustrated by the royal family’s response (or lack there-of) as well.

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We know Meghan ended up marrying into the royal family, but she wasn’t just an ordinary citizen before that, either. Meghan has been acting since she was a child, but her big break came when she landed the role of Rachel Zane in USA’s hit series Suits. She was fantastic as the paralegal-turned-attorney Rachel, and the series only lasted one season after she left.

Meghan has also been known to be outspoken against racism, being a mixed-race woman of color herself. Her stance on this matter was made even more crystal clear when she recently spoke out against the murder of George Floyd.

Although she had been laying low since leaving the royal family and moving to LA with her husband and son, she spoke at the virtual commencement of her alma mater high school and addressed the murders and the issue of systemic racism. 

The media vilified Meghan, leading to her royal exit

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The moment Meghan became engaged to the Duke of Sussex, the tabloids have treated her as a villain. This media treatment was in stark contrast to the adoration that Prince William’s wife, Kate, received when she wed into the royal family — understandably making people wonder, were the attacks race-based?

There were rumors that Meghan was a “diva” or that she didn’t respect royal protocol, but these rumors were never backed up with fact. Most of the media attacks, describing Meghan using words like “exotic” and “narcissistic”, were barely suppressed racist tropes that have always been used to attack women of color.

Because of this treatment, Meghan and her husband both decided to drop their royal duties and move to LAs to raise their son, Archie. Meghan filed a lawsuit against two British tabloids for the attacks that they launched against her, which she claims harmed her health and emotional well-being during her pregnancy with Archie.

Markle says that the Palace silenced her voice

A source recently revealed to People that Meghan was not only devastated by the media’s attacks, but also by the Palace’s frustrating instructions on how to deal with untrue tabloid stories – in a word, don’t.  The source shared, “People actively prevented her from responding to stuff that we knew to be untrue,” referring to the Palace’s “No Comment” approach to any gossip that was shared about any of the royal family members. Understandably, this left Meghan feeling like she wasn’t allowed to protect herself from these vicious attacks.

“The go-to position [at the palace] was no comment or to ignore stories, and people actively prevented her from responding to stuff that we knew to be untrue. That is what she is taking issue with,” the source claimed.

Furthermore, the legal documents that were filed for the lawsuit against the media outlets state that Markle felt “unprotected by the institution and prohibited from defending herself” from the false reports, which caused “tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health.”