Three months ago, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down from their roles as senior members of the royal family and fled to a different continent in hopes of escaping the harassment and persecution that had marred their marriage form day one.
You’d be hard pressed to find any public figures who have gone to such great lengths to break free from the talons of the tabloid press …
… and amazingly, it still wasn’t enough.
As we’ve been reminded several times this month, Meghan is still the favorite target of the British tabloid media.
There have been reports of a rift between Meghan and Prince Charles.
The tabloids have delighted in a race scandal involving Jessica Mulroney, Meghan’s former best friend.
And of course, the never-ending feud between Meghan and Kate Middleton remains daily fodder for London-based gossip rags.
This week, the tabloids have been delighting in a new book titled The Royals at War, penned by investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett
To be fair, the book probably makes for a pretty entertaining read, as long as you take its “revelations” with a grain of salt.
Of course, the excerpts published by The Sun and The Daily Mail this week have likely been taken out of context in order to maximize salaciousness, but they’re probably not very flattering in their original form, either.
The first new bit of new dirt involves Meghan’s pregnancy announcement.
Yes, it was over two years ago, but apparently the royals are still pissed about the timing.
You see, the announcement took place on the same day that Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank.
Eugenie is the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and you would think with the scandal surrounding Andrew’s involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, the family would have larger concerns than Meghan’s faux pas from 2018.
But apparently not.
“Meghan put her foot in it when she decided that it would be the ideal moment to announce that she and Harry were expecting their first child,” Howard and Tillett write.
“This was a huge social gaffe, even if you were not a royal – stealing the limelight from Eugenie, who was furious, as was her mother, Sarah.”
Like we said, the book definitely seems to have a gossipy vibe, but many of the claims — such as Fergie being pissed about something Meghan did two years — seem entirely believable.
At other times, however, the authors echo tired old claims that have been fueling negative tabloid reports about Meghan since the moment she entered the international spotlight.
Namely, the authors insist that Meghan is a Hollywood diva who alienated both the royals and her own staff with her endless demands.
“Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment,” the authors write.
“However, there is a different degree of respect in the royal household.”
Is it possible that Meghan is a demanding prima donna behind closed doors?
But if that’s the case, she’s done a stellar job of hiding that side of herself.
And it’s worth considering the fact that all those demands and high standards were in service of her many charitable organizations and humanitarian efforts.
So ya know — maybe cut the woman a little slack.