The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are one of the most high-profile couples in the world. But the pair, especially Meghan Markle, have been feeling the emotional strain of being in the public eye. Last night, in a groundbreaking interview with Oprah, Meghan opened up about the behind the scenes reality of life in the Royal family.
And now a comparison of headlines referring to Meghan and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has proven how unfairly the press have behaved.
Meghan Markle has revolutionized the royal family...
via: Getty ImagesSince she started dating Prince Harry back in 2016, the world has become completely obsessed with the former actress.
The couple wed in May 2018...
via: Getty ImagesMeghan became the Duchess of Sussex, making her the first American, divorced, and black woman to join the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have worked tirelessly together to fulfill their royal duties...
via: Getty ImagesSince the wedding, Meghan has taken part in many royal tours, and visits all around the world. Having her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, hasn't stopped her from fulfilling her duties.
Naturally, the world fell in love with the new duchess...
via: Getty ImagesHer beautiful looks and elegant demeanor captured hearts all around the world, and her work for feminism and women's charities has set an excellent example within the Royal Family.
Cracks began to show early, however...
via: Getty ImagesMeghan was quickly criticized upon her entrance into the royal family, and not all complaints were because she "wasn't royal enough." A family feud with her father, Thomas Markle, was quickly made very public and, when he didn't attend the wedding, the heat was turned onto Meghan.
Her dad reportedly hasn't met his grandson yet.
via: Good Morning Britain
Thomas Markle made claims back in 2018 on British television breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, that Meghan had simply "ghosted" him, and he said: "I've still never met my son-in-law. Why couldn't Prince Harry have got on a plane and flown to see me to ask for her hand?"
Sources claim that Meghan has cut all ties with her dad...
via: Getty ImagesSources said that "it's a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn't have an active relationship with her father anymore." "It’s obviously heartbreaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son."
Meghan has also been branded a "diva" since she became royalty.
via: Getty ImagesReports came through that Meghan was extremely high-maintenance in the palace and servers who worked for her had reportedly even quit their jobs due to her behavior. Of course, none of these reports are reliable, but they certainly made their way through newspapers around the world.
And, of course, there were reports of her supposed feuds with Kate Middleton...
via: ShutterstockIt was reported that Meghan left Kate "in tears" after a strict bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte. But, despite many claims that the sisters-in-law are actually very close, tabloids in both the U.K and the U.S. like to state otherwise, saying that Kate is "fed up" of Meghan's high-maintenance attitude.
Even the Duke and Duchess' habit of flying in private jets caused a stir in the media...
via: Getty ImagesAmid current conversations about climate change, many people have noticed that the couple often use a private jet to fly from one part of England to the other, an extremely wasteful method of travel that will ultimately damage the environment. But, of course, Meghan was the one who faced most of the heat for this. The couple also recently made £2.4 million refurbishments to their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, which British taxpayers were not happy about - this was obviously all Meghan's fault too *eye roll*.
Meghan's parenting style was also criticized...
via: Getty ImagesShe was repeatedly mom-shamed after paparazzi snaps emerged of her awkwardly holding baby Archie - a struggle that any new mom can totally relate to. Shaming a new parent is completely uncalled for, and this made it very obvious that the press were desperate to stir hate.
Meghan's eventful life is something that the papers simply love to pick apart...
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And it seems that British tabloid paper, The Mail on Sunday, took things a step too far by publishing an intimate and private letter that Meghan wrote to her father.
The Duke and Duchess had no choice but to take legal action against publishers of the Daily Mail...
via: Getty ImagesThis decision came as Prince Harry made a highly personal attack on the British tabloid press over the treatment of his wife, saying that he could "no longer be a silent witness to her private suffering."
It was taken very seriously...
via: Getty ImagesIn a statement on the Sussex's official website, Harry announced that he will be going after the publishers of the Daily Mail for the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright, and the breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.
Harry issued an emotional statement...
via: Getty Images"As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting. We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more," he wrote. "Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son."
"Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations..."
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"...something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis."
He went on to say: "It is for this reason we are taking legal action, a process that has been many months in the making. The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months; they have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave. She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you've seen on this Africa tour."
Shortly after the case was announced, a heartbreaking clip of Meghan opening up about her struggles surfaced online.
via: TwitterThe Duchess was speaking as part of an ITV documentary.
She opened up about the reality of living under the glare of the media spotlight...
via: TwitterWhen asked how long she can manage the constant onslaught of attention, lack of privacy and ongoing tabloid rumors, Meghan revealed she just takes “each day as it comes," adding, “I think the grass is always greener. You have no idea. It’s really hard to understand what it’s like. I know what it seems like it should be, but it’s a very different thing," People reports.
The Duchess looked to be holding back the tears.
via: Twitter“I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a ‘stiff upper lip.’ I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging," she explained.
She also pointed out that she knew life as a royal "wouldn't be easy."
via: TwitterAnd that an element of scrutiny is to be expected - but only to a certain level. “I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair. And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile," she said. “If things were fair … If I’d done something wrong, I’d be the first one to go ‘Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. I would never do that,’ " she added. “But when people are saying things that are just untrue and they are being told they’re untrue but they’re allowed to still say them — I don’t know anybody in the world who would feel like that’s okay."
But then the interview took a heartbreaking turn...
via: TwitterWhen asked if it “would be fair" to say that she’s “not really okay, as in it’s really been a struggle," Meghan responded, “Yes." “It’s okay," she said. “The good thing is that I’ve got my baby and I’ve got my husband and they’re the best." Meghan even thanked the presenter for asking how she is coping, saying: "Not many people have asked if I’m OK."
The impact of the clip was huge.
ITV's @tombradby spoke to Meghan as he gained exclusive access to the royal couple as they toured Africa for 10 day… https://t.co/xmPU6tgSAc— ITV News (@ITV News)1571400047.0
Since then, the couple has officially stepped back as Royals and are living a different life.
via: Getty ImagesBut things still haven't improved in the way the British press treat Meghan.
This week, Meghan and Harry had a groundbreaking interview with Oprah.
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In which the world finally saw how terribly Meghan had been treated behind the scenes.
And since the interview, information has surfaced that has the internet feeling shocked.
As many questioned whether Meghan had overreacted, a comparison of headlines between her and Kate Middleton surfaced.
And it makes for some pretty horrific reading.
Honestly never cared much about any of the British royals nonsense, but it's hilarious how many people there are pr… https://t.co/OkL2rOfpnP— N. K. Jemisin (@N. K. Jemisin)1578952534.0
10. On baby bumps.
via: Daily MailKate's touching of her pregnant belly is seen as "tender."
Meghan, on the other hand?
via: Daily MailShe's immediately seen as having some sort of bizarre ulterior motive for touching her bump.
9. On avocados.
via: The Daily ExpressWhen Kate fancies the millennial favorite, it's a perfect morning sickness cure.
But when Meghan fancies an avocado?
via: The Daily ExpressWell, then it's linked to human rights abuses, of course!
8. On spending time with the in-laws.
via: Daily MailAll fun and games when it comes to Kate!
Meghan and Harry, on the other hand?
via: Daily MailWell, then the Queen "deserves better."
7. On branding.
via: Daily MailIt's seen as smart and even aspirational for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
When Harry and Meghan do it?
via: Daily MailIt's seen as exploitative and taking advantage. We wonder why ...
6. On "stiff upper lips."
via: The SunKate and Will ditching the tradition is refreshing and natural.
But Meghan and Harry doing the same?
via: The SunWell, in that case the media is more "torn."
5. On scents.
via: Daily MailKate's choice of fragranced candle is seen as fancy and high quality.
When Meghan wants to switch up scents?
via: Daily MailWell, she's seen as being difficult and in opposition to the other royals.
4. On flowers.
via: The Daily ExpressKate's are described as luxurious and trend-setting.
Meghan's choice of bouquet?
via: The Daily ExpressWell, that's near-deadly, obviously.
3. On Christenings.
via: Daily MailThe Queen missing Louis's big day is a mere afterthought.
But when the Queen misses Archie's?
via: Daily MailWell, that becomes a huge and dramatic story - with blame falling on Meghan once more.
2. On outfits.
via: Daily MirrorKate not wearing a hat makes her stylish and "perfectly coordinated" with the Queen.
When Meghan goes hat-free?
via: Daily Mirror"Big trouble" ensues. It's absolutely wild.
1. On fashion.
via: Daily MailKate's taking an interest in her appearance is unequivocally praised.
Meghan doing the same?
via: Daily Mail
Subject to much criticism.
When seen together, all these headlines make for pretty compelling viewing.