Meghan Markle’s Childhood Friend Makes Scathing Comments, Attempts to Expose Her As ‘Calculating’

Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle, arrive to attend a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum

The newest royal is beloved the world over. | Yui Mok/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become one of the world’s favorite couples. But to those close to Meghan, she has changed drastically in the past few years – and not for the better. Read on to find out how the queen feels about Meghan, plus why her closest friend made such negative comments toward her (pages 5 and 6).

Since Harry and Meghan publicized their relationship, the public has fallen in love with her

Meghan rose to even greater fame as soon as her relationship with Harry was made public. And America loved that a fellow American was dating a prince. Meghan was a breath of fresh air for the royal family dynamic, too. A biracial American woman who had been through a divorce was something the royal family never would have allowed years earlier. But times have changed, and both Americans and the British embraced Harry and Meghan’s whimsical romance.

The royal family was quick to take Meghan under its wing

The royal family was very accepting of Meghan, despite a past that may have made her “undateable” years ago. Most importantly, Meghan and the queen get along very well. Meghan met the queen before she and Harry got engaged, and even the queen’s dogs love her. (And Meghan’s dog got to ride with the queen to Windsor just before the wedding.) Plus, she formally consented to Meghan and Harry’s marriage, which is the ultimate form of acceptance.

But Meghan’s family stirred up some drama before the royal wedding

When Meghan and Harry mailed out their invitations, many of Meghan’s family members did not receive one. Specifically, her half-sister, Samantha Grant, who had nothing but negative words for Meghan and her new husband, did not get an invite. Grant spoke her opinions about Meghan and Harry several times, telling the prince to “man up” and invite Meghan’s family to the wedding. Grant also said Meghan tore the family apart by not inviting many of them.

Then, just a couple of days before the wedding, Meghan announced her father would not attend.

Plus, Meghan’s previous marriage has been put under the microscope

Trevor Engelson and Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle (right) and her ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, in 2011 | MaximoTV via YouTube

Having been divorced once, it’s no surprise Meghan’s previous marriage was talked about when news of her engagement to Harry broke. But some say the way Meghan handled her divorce was wrong, and she left her former husband hanging out to dry. One of Meghan’s once-closest friends, and her former maid of honor, said in an interview that Meghan divorced her husband as soon as she rose to fame. The friend, Ninaki Priddy, who knew Meghan for 30 years, said Meghan’s former husband had the rug pulled out from under him when he was surprised with their divorce.

Priddy also said her former best friend is very ‘calculating’

The surprise divorce wasn’t the only thing Priddy had to say about Markle. She also said Markle was very “calculated” in the way she handled the divorce and her rise to fame. “All I can say now is that I think Meghan was calculated — very calculated — in the way she handled people and relationships,” Priddy told The Daily Mail. Priddy had been Meghan’s best friend since they were two. But when Meghan rose to fame, she left that past behind, including Priddy. Priddy said she is torn between joy and deep bewilderment when she thinks about Meghan’s life today.

Those close to Markle have said she’s very pushy when it comes to finding fame

Meghan earned the nickname “Princess Pushy” from her friends and family. Both Priddy and Grant, Meghan’s half-sister, have referred to her as that when speaking to tabloids. The nickname comes from Meghan’s pushy and aggressive attitude about becoming famous. Grant even originally titled her new book using the Princess Pushy phrase (the book details what it was like growing up as Meghan’s sister). But she thought the title was too confusing and decided to rename it.

If Meghan truly is pushy and aggressive about fame, then it’s no secret why she married Harry.

And some theorists think Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind marriage was for anything but love

Meghan Markle Harry Royal wedding

Are the couple marrying for love? | Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images

No matter how many people are rooting for Meghan and Harry, there will always be some that question the integrity of their relationship. But some conspiracy theorists think that Harry and Meghan wanted to get married for reasons other than love. Some believe Harry was simply getting old, and his family wanted to see him get married and have children. Others think Meghan weaseled her way into Harry’s life because she’d always wanted to be a princess.

Despite the theories, only time will tell whether or not Harry and Meghan are truly happy.

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