Why Is the Royal Staff Being So Mean to Meghan Markle?

Will they ever just leave poor Meghan Markle alone?

Apparently not. The latest news out of London is that the royal staff who work for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a rather rude nickname for the expectant mom, who is no doubt just trying to keep her stress levels in check as her due date grows closer and her Frogmore Cottage renovations drag on. Sure, she might be a little short-tempered at the moment. But can we blame her?

Rumor has it that Palace staffers have taken to calling Meghan Markle “Me-Gain” behind her back. This is slightly less obvious than her previous alleged nicknames, including Duchess Difficult and Hurricane Meghan. This new one has a subtle quality that makes it almost undetectable.

Royal insider and former palace press secretary Doug Arbiter reports that Prince Harry is “angry” that anyone would disparage his wife this way. But the deeper question is this: why is everyone being so cruel to Meghan Markle?

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Is Meghan Markle actually hard to get along with?

Former associates – including Suits co-stars and George Clooney – insist that Meghan Markle is the sweetest, most giving person in the universe. They can’t reconcile this new reputation with the woman they knew back when she was a relatively obscure Hollywood actress. And obviously, Prince Harry fell in love with her too, which should count for something.

But then there’s this other picture the media paints, which shows Meghan Markle dashing off long to-do list emails at 5AM and acting super diva-like around her hired help. (Pregnancy insomnia is a real thing, you know).

The only apparent validity to this claim is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been cycling through employees rather quickly, meaning work conditions might be less-than-ideal. But it could just be a huge coincidence.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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The press could be making the whole thing up

The media is legit obsessed with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and people are eating up every story they tell about the royal couple. And while media outlets might not be literally making up stories, it’s possible that news sources have been exaggerating certain details of their lives.

Case in point: That royal feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. Or even the one between Prince Harry and Prince William. In both situations, things are most likely blown out of proportion in comparison to how they really are. Meghan and Kate aren’t besties, but they don’t hate each other, either. Prince Harry and Prince William are brothers both embarking on their own separate journeys.

Will people ever leave Meghan Markle alone?

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Unfortunately for Meghan Markle, things are bound to get worse before they get better. Even with Prince Harry’s harsh criticism of the press and their methods, once that royal baby is born it’s going to be even harder to find a moment of privacy. And you can bet every single thing Meghan does with Baby Sussex will be torn apart and scrutinized by people who don’t even know her.

This move to the more secluded Frogmore Estate couldn’t come at a better time. For everyone’s sake.