Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has so much to celebrate. She’s about to celebrate her first wedding anniversary with Prince Harry on May 19. She’s the brand new, first-time mom to sweet baby Archie. She’s nailing her activism and philanthropy work. And she’s doing it all on her own terms. Or, as much as the rigid royal protocol will let her, that is.
With so many blessings, it’s easy to forget that this has also been one of the hardest years for her. She’s had to swallow her pride and words as her estranged family continues to soil her name in the press. She’s 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 has had to stay mostly silent as the British press and public have pummeled her with racist and sexist messages.
When you stop and think about the incessant abuse, it’s a miracle Meghan gets out of bed and goes out in public at all. The scandals from this past year can be divided into three categories — family, tabloid or public — with each one outdoing the last in terms of hate for and bullying of the duchess.
Ahead, the most shocking and ridiculous storms Meghan has had to weather in the 365 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?”