Meghan Markle Has Been Struggling to Not Defend Herself Against the 'Cruel British Media'

Alyssa Bailey
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From ELLE

Meghan Markle may only publicly be sharing glimpses at her work projects while the British tabloids have dragged her and Prince Harry for taking private jets on vacation (even though Kate Middleton, Prince William, and other royals have also done the same without intense scrutiny). But Us Weekly reports she's privately very frustrated with just having to take blow after blow from the British media.

An insider told the outlet that the Duchess of Sussex “feels that there is a standard set very high by [Kate Middleton]. It’s discouraging that the British public holds her up to that. Meghan has this sense of isolation being in the U.K., subject to cruel British media. Her hands are tied and she isn’t allowed to defend herself. It has been very difficult.”

Meghan has said she doesn't read news stories about herself ( “I don’t read any press. I haven’t even read press for Suits," she told Vanity Fair in her pre-engagement interview). But Ushas been told by sources before that she has really struggled not being able to say a word during the UK outlets' relentless smear campaign against her. “It’s just been frustrating and stressful to have no voice,” a royal insider told the outlet in December. “She’s always relied on her own voice to stand up for others, and for herself. So not being able to say anything is a debilitating feeling. She’s always been so independent, her entire life, and that’s all been taken away from her. She’s always been able to clap back on social media and now she can’t.”

Meghan publicly hinted it has been hard for her during her The Lion King appearance last month. She was heard telling Pharrell Williams when he said he cheers on her and Harry, "Thank you. They don't make it easy." They was assumed to be the British media.

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