Meghan Markle’s ‘Fairytale’ Life With Prince Harry Has Come At ‘Unimaginable Cost’

After years of studying for her college degrees, being politically active, and landing a regular role on the USA legal drama Suits – which she starred in for seven seasons – American actress Meghan Markle left that life behind and, as the world knows, she became part of the British royal family. However, a royal expert says that even though Markle married a Prince, her life is “no fairytale.”

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex | Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

A year ‘punctuated by negatives’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just celebrated their first anniversary, and two weeks ago they celebrated the birth of their first child – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. But, Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, says that Meghan’s life as a royal has not been what she had imagined it would be.

“The whirlwind romance that catapulted Meghan to a level of stardom beyond her wildest dreams must have been as bewildering as it was overwhelming,” Larcombe told The Sun Online. “But now the reality of what it means to be a royal has begun to sink in, Meghan will have realized that this is no fairy tale.”

Larcombe added that Markle’s decision to marry Harry “has come at an unimaginable cost.”

Just weeks after becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Markle attended a solo engagement with Queen Elizabeth, which was an honor that Kate Middleton didn’t get until earlier this year – eight years after marrying Prince William.

While Larcombe says that overall Markle’s first year as a Royal has been positive, the “past year has also been punctuated by negatives,” thanks to Meghan’s estranged father, Thomas, and her half-sister, Samantha; not to mention the rumors of a feud between her and Middleton.

Meghan Markle’s bad reputation

Just one week before Harry and Meghan tied the knot, Thomas – an award-winning Hollywood lighting director – got caught up in a paparazzi photo scandal that led to him backing out of walking his daughter down the aisle.

Prince Charles stepped in to take over for Thomas, but Larcombe says the betrayal still haunts Meghan, and there are no signs of it going away anytime soon. Meghan’s estrangement from the majority of her family has led to plenty of bad press, but insiders at Buckingham Palace have also claimed that the 37-year-old is “difficult” to work for.

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There was also the rumor that Meghan Markle left Kate in tears after a dress fitting for Princess Charlotte, which sparked an alleged feud between the two Duchesses.

The British tabloids have not taken it easy on Meghan, and neither have online trolls. The abuse is so bad that Kensington Palace made an official statement about the problem. And, as Larcombe says, “Whatever the truth behind the falling out between the Sussex and Cambridge clans, it is damaging for Meghan to be singled out as a fly in the Royal chardonnay.”

The author explained that not challenging the negative stories about Meghan “fuelled those whose racist disposition empowered them to troll Meghan with the most vile insults on social media.”

Despite all of this, Larcombe says that Harry and Meghan should be proud of how things have gone during their first year as husband and wife. However, he warns that popularity is not an entitlement, and they will have to work to maintain their status as the royal family’s golden couple.

Meghan and Harry are ‘more regal’

Royal biographer Andrew Morton says that Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep their son’s birth private and control the first photo shoot has made them appear “more regal” compared to previous photo calls. Morton told Yahoo’s The Royal Box that Harry and Meghan’s introduction of baby Archie played out very well because they were able to control the narrative.

Compared to Kate Middleton and the late Princess Diana – who introduced their newborns to the world just hours after their birth on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in front of countless photographers – Meghan Markle opted for a private photo call with a handful of press two days after his birth at Portland Hospital.

The couple also announced Archie’s birth on their Instagram page, and all of these decisions led to a historic and groundbreaking photo of Harry and Meghan introducing their biracial son to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, while Markle’s mother Doria Ragland looked on.

Historian Anne Whitlock says that the photo was a “celebration of the new multi-ethnic Royal Family.” And, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s choice to use social media was a smart way to blend royal tradition with modern technology.