Why Meghan Markle Has Become the Royal Family Scapegoat
More than a handful of pearls have been clutched at the mere mention of Meghan Markle’s name. When the engagement between her and Prince Harry was announced in 2017, people cheered over the fact that Princess Diana’s youngest son finally fell and love and wanted to settle down, and the then-actress had both admirers and detractors.
After a lavish fairytale wedding and the birth of their first child, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to endure scrutiny, insults, and sprinkled in there somewhere, support. But Meghan Markle has received the brunt of public scorn when it comes to the royal family, and instead of fading, it’s only increasing—to daily attacks. For a monarchy that’s seen its share of scandals, criticism, and marital strife, how did Markle become public enemy/scapegoat number one?
She’s been blamed for a feud between Prince William and Prince Harry
In addition to being marked as the reason for an alleged feud with Kate Middleton, British tabloids have also made her Markle out to be an enemy of her husband’s relationship with his brother, Prince William. The two have always been close, especially having to deal with the trauma of losing their mother so young, and they’ve found ways to work together in their royal duties and for the community.
When Markle came on the scene, she was inducted into the fold and the couples were charmingly nicknamed “The Fab Four.” But then reports and rumors began circulating that Prince William did not approve of his brother’s fiancée and that led to a split in living quarters and office arrangements.
These rumors have been ongoing for months, but a recent report shared by Fox News claims that Prince William believes Meghan’s influence on the prince and the couple’s behavior has been “detrimental” to the monarchy.
Markle’s been tagged as the reason for royal overspending
If you took a poll of the British public, many are not fans of the monarchy at all, let alone individual members of the royal family. With that said, the royals have been subject to criticism about their spending and finances for decades. Prince Charles and Camilla have come under fire for their travel expenses, and, according to an old ABC News story, the Royal Parliament did not mince words with the Queen’s treasurer about pulling back on the use of public purse funds.
Markle, a former actress, came into her union with Prince Harry with a degree from Northwestern University and a few million in the bank from her career. Each of the dukes were left inheritances from their late mother, and Prince Charles helps to fund some of their events, needs, and trips.
Complaints about Markle hinge on her being an American actress and the perception that she desires to live extravagantly and “climb a social ladder.” Her baby shower (paid for by friends), her Vogue spot, her wardrobe, and vacations she’s taken with her husband have all been condemned.
Markle is still the focus in spite of other royal family headlines
Fans and supporters of Markle and Prince Harry have been quick to point out that other royal family members don’t catch as much flack as these two. Somehow, Prince Andrew has managed to escape the level of public judgement that the duke and duchess have faced for his association with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, in spite of evidence showing that he knew more and did more than he’s possibly letting on.
Additionally, when news of Prince William’s alleged affair with Rose Hanbury hit the news, the media did not take their sights off of Meghan Markle—even feeding into her estranged sister’s drama. What happened to that Hanbury story anyway?
Friends of Prince Harry and Markle have spoken out in their defense
Prince Harry has been forced to make statements defending his wife, citing that many of the attacks are racially based, and that people are showing their biases based on the negative coverage and commentary on Markle. Buckingham Palace has also come to Markle’s defense (and Prince Harry’s) to dispel rumors of family turmoil and to refute claims of diva behavior with neighbors.
But the duke and duchess’s personal friends have had enough too. When people went haywire over the couple’s trip to Nice, France, Elton John revealed that he financed the affair and allowed them (and baby Archie) to stay in his private, secluded home.
Recently, one of Markle’s best friends, Jessica Mulroney, called out people for their attacks.
InStyle also noted that Jameela Jamil tweeted a message about the British press’s unforgiving stories about the duchess and that one tabloid called her DNA “exotic.” While some of Markle’s haters view her as a self-centered Hollywood prima donna, those who are close to her call such descriptions of her lies.
Markle is unlike others who have married into the British royal family, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Being different has no doubt made her an easy target for royal scapegoating.
It remains to be seen if the attacks on Markle will ever let up, or if Prince Harry will come out and remind the public of how the media’s treatment of his mother led to her death.