Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex officially became a member of the royal family on May 19, 2018, when she walked (herself) down the aisle toward blushing groom Prince Harry. Less than two years later, Meghan and Harry have exited the royal family and started a new life split between North America and the UK, citing a desire for their son Archie to grow up without the same scrutiny and criticism Meghan faced as a royal. And while her time as a royal was filled with joys and successes like the birth of baby Archie and expansions of her philanthropy work, those highlights were often overshadowed by the barrage of commentary from the outside world.
Meghan herself has admitted that joining the royal family was one of the hardest years of her life. She had to swallow her pride and words as her estranged family soiled her name in the press. She shouldered the brunt of the blame for an alleged rift between Prince William and Prince Harry. She had her name attached to an alleged cheating scandal by Prince William. And she’s had to stay mostly silent as the British press and public pummeled her — and even her baby — with racist and sexist messages.
When you stop and think about the incessant abuse, it’s a miracle Meghan didn’t leave the family sooner. The scandals from Meghan’s royal tenure can be divided into three categories — family, tabloid or public — with each one outdoing the last in terms of hate for and bullying of our dear Duchess.
Ahead, the most shocking and ridiculous storms Meghan has had to weather since she tied the knot to Harry.
May 2018 — That time she was accused of not curtsying to the Queen.
That wedding band was fresh on her ring finger when Meghan was accused of not curtseying for the Queen at her own wedding. Eagle-eyed fans had to scan the video of the moment to defend the new duchess. Girlfriend definitely curtseyed.
June 2018 — That time her father revealed what Harry thought of Donald Trump.
In one of his many interviews with the press, Thomas Markle revealed the details of a private phone conversation with Prince Harry. Of the details he dropped, he also mentioned that Harry said Markle should give Trump a chance. That may be nothing to you and me, but protocol dictates that royals don’t comment on heads of state.
June 2018 — That time her father criticized Queen Elizabeth II.
Speaking with TMZ, Markle questioned why the Queen had not met with him yet, saying, “If the Queen is willing to meet our arrogant and insensitive president she has no excuse not to meet me. I’m nowhere near as bad.”
July 2018 — That time her sister admitted she was being paid for press.
We’ll let Samantha Markle’s words speak for herself in this one: “I worked in media most of my life and in broadcasting, so because my sister is suddenly royal isn’t grounds for me to stop doing all of that. Let’s face it — we all have to survive. Money makes the world go round, so if you want to call that cashing in, that’s fine, but I think no one in media would refuse a paycheck for talking about the royal and, as a family, we’re not subject to royal protocol. Why would I stop living because we have a family issue going on?”