Sure, being a royal had its advantages – the fashion, the princes, the tiaras, the castles – but it definitely also has its drawbacks, from the end of privacy to the dreaded rumour mill.
No one knows this more than Meghan Markle.
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The now Duchess of Sussex has had a difficult start to royal life, with everything from her fashion choices to her decisions regarding the upbringing of baby Archie never failing to divide the public and make viral news.
The former Suits actress has endured an endless stream of online bullying since becoming a royal, from mum shaming comments to offensive insults about her post-pregnancy body.
One thing that has remained a constant though is being compared to sister-in-law and national treasure, Kate Middleton.
‘[Meghan] feels that there is a standard set very high [by Kate Middleton]’, a source reportedly told Us Weekly, going on to explain that ‘it’s discouraging that the British public holds her up to that.’
‘Meghan has this sense of isolation being in the UK, subject to cruel British media,’ the source continued. ‘Her hands are tied and she isn’t allowed to defend herself. It has been very difficult.’
Can’t we all just give her a break?
This article originally appeared on marie claire UK.