The British Royal Family Is ‘Very Distressed’ That Meghan Markle Felt Unprotected During Her Pregnancy, Expert Claims

For generations, the royal family has operated under the stiff upper lip policy where they never explain or complain about details or rumors surrounding their lives. During her years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II has mastered this stance to a fault. However, for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex an outsider coming into the royal fold, it was an unbearable existence.

Though Meghan nor Prince Harry have given many details about their lives within the royal family, court documents from Meghan’s privacy claim against the Associated Newspapers give royal fans an inkling of just how challenging the duchess found royal life.

The royal family is reportedly very hurt and distressed by the revelation.

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The British royal family knew Meghan Markle was going to have a very hard time fitting in

When Prince Harry introduced Meghan to his family just a few months after they began dating, the royal family had some major concerns. Though they were charmed by the duchess, they foresaw some of the issues that the couple would later encounter.

Prince William was startled by how quickly the relationship had become serious. When he brought it up to Prince Harry, the younger prince became immediately defensive. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also tried to pull her brother-in-law to the side to caution him about the speed of his romance. “[Kate] gently reminded him that he was dating someone with a completely different life, past, and career and it would take time, care, and attention for them to integrate,” Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett write in Royals at War.

For his part, Prince Charles welcomed Meghan, but he also knew some major issues would come up in the future. “I think he [Prince Charles] likes strong women, but in The Firm, there is only room for one Queen,” royal expert Nigel Cawthorne told The Sun. “I think he foresaw considerable problems ahead for The Firm. Harry and Meghan amplified the popularity of the royal family in the way that Prince Andrew and Fergie did at the time.”

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Meghan Markle felt unprotected by the royal family while she was pregnant

One of the things that Meghan was not prepared for was giving over total control of her image. As self-made actor, image means everything to her. Not being able to respond to rumors and lies left her feeling helpless. It didn’t help that the royal family refused to speak on her behalf — as is their policy.

Court documents from Meghan’s privacy claim against Mail on Sunday, Associated Newspapers Limited reveal her feelings of helplessness. 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. 

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The royal family is ‘very distressed’ about Meghan Markle’s claims

Though the Sussexes have not gone into detail about Megxit or their lawsuit, the royal family is increasingly nervous as more books are published and more details come out. After all, Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit left them vulnerable.

 “Harry and Meghan leaving the firm left a void and I think the royal family was at risk of looking out of touch and dowdy without them,” royal historian Sarah Gristwood told Vanity Fair. “With Charles and Camilla over 70, and Anne about to get there, and the Queen scaling back, there is a serious vacuum when it comes to star appeal at the heart of the royal family.”

The royals are reportedly deeply troubled that Meghan felt unprotected while pregnant. “The claims that [Meghan] felt unprotected, especially when pregnant, will be very, very distressing to hear for the Queen, Philip, Charles, Kate, and William,” Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers told Good Morning Britain. “This is not gonna help, is it? They looked like they were just coming together and then BAM you’ve got this.”