Prince Harry’s Friends Still Don’t Like Meghan Markle Because She’s ‘Running the Show’

There was a time not too long ago when some people close to Prince Harry tried to warn him about his future bride. It’s not that they were saying anything explicitly negative about Meghan Markle—as someone outside the inner circle, no one knew her well enough to do that—but rather that he should take his time before getting married.

Rather than heed their warnings, Prince Harry allegedly distanced himself from the naysayers and married Meghan anyway.

Now it’s been a year since the wedding and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seem happier than ever. They just moved into a new home and welcomed their first baby, a boy named Archie Harrison. Whatever rift there was between Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, appears to have been smoothed over for now.

However, royal insiders are claiming that there’s more trouble in paradise than the happy photos would have you believe. There are even rumors that some of Prince Harry’s friends still don’t like Meghan Markle. Here’s what they’re saying.

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Some of Prince Harry’s friends might feel ‘threatened’ by Meghan Markle’s influence

There’s no denying that Meghan Markle has a strong personality and solid opinions about a variety of topics, including feminist issues. While she’s not allowed to publicly issue political statements as long as she’s a working royal, that doesn’t mean she has to bite her tongue about everything. And she doesn’t. It’s generally agreed upon that Markle has even turned Prince Harry into more of a feminist.

Royal biographer Angela Levin spoke candidly with journalist Gayle King during a recent interview about the royal couple. According to Levin, Prince Harry’s friends aren’t happy with how differently Prince Harry is acting ever since he got married. “I think [Meghan Markle’s] not popular in a lot of circles often because they adore Harry and they seem to think that she’s running the show,” Levin explained.

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Is Prince Harry just bending to his wife’s wishes?

It would be far too easy to blame the Duke of Sussex’s change of life solely on Meghan Markle’s influence. While she no doubt aided the process, the fact remains that Prince Harry is getting older and more mature with each passing year. It’s equally likely that he would have grown up anyway—but meeting his wife and becoming a father helped him do it faster.

Whether or not Prince Harry changed is no one’s business but his own. And as for how much his wife has to do with it? It’s equally possible that Meghan Markle changed Prince Harry for the better.

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It takes a strong man to date a strong woman

Of course, the rumors about Prince Harry’s friends are just that—rumors. Even if they are annoyed by Meghan Markle’s presence in his life, it’s obvious that she’s not going anywhere soon. That means they either need to make peace with her, or they won’t be able to stay friends with the Duke of Sussex.

His loyalties lie with his wife first and foremost. And what everyone needs to realize is that it takes a strong man to partner with a strong woman.