Meghan Markle reportedly finds it 'frustrating' to live with the first rule of being a top royal

Ben Birchall – WPA Pool / Getty ImagesMeghan Markle on a visit to Cardiff Castle, Wales, in January.
  • Meghan Markle reportedly finds it “frustrating” to not be able to respond to any rumours about her.
  • A source told Us Weekly that Markle missed the ability to “clap back” on social media. All her channels have been shut down since she became a royal.
  • The royals don’t respond to rumours or claims that are made about them, and the official palace communications staff rarely respond to reports either.
  • The British press has been writing about a rift between Markle and Kate Middleton, saying Markle has been “difficult” when dealing with some palace staff.

Meghan Markle reportedly finds it “frustrating” to live with one of the first rules of being a top member of the royal family: never responding publicly to rumours in the media.

A source told Us Weekly that Markle was frustrated with having to maintain a diplomatic silence amid rumours about tensions between her and others in Kensington Palace.

“It’s just been frustrating and stressful to have no voice,” the source said.

“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.

Charles 70th birthdayGetty/Chris JacksonMarkle poses with Kate Middleton and other members of the royal family for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday.

“She’s always been able to clap back on social media and now she can’t.”

A number of reports have emerged in the British press about disputes between Prince Harry and Markle and Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The reports cite sources who said that Markle made Middleton cry in the run-up to the royal wedding in May, that Harry and William argued about Markle joining the family, and that the Queen had to step in to calm things down.

Some of these reports have been denied by unnamed palace staff to outlets, but no public rebuttal has been issued. INSIDER’s requests for comment about any rift have been met with silence.

There have also been reports that Markle is difficult when dealing with palace staff.

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Royals have long pursued a policy of not responding to claims about their private lives.

The palace and the individual royals do not typically comment on their personal lives; a stark difference from Markle’s life before joining the royal family, in which she ran her own social-media accounts and website.

On rare occasions, the royals do respond to the press, but only to the most serious stories. William made the rare decision to sue a French magazine for publishing topless photos of Middleton in 2012.

And in 2016, Harry’s team issued a statement urging the press to stop their “harassment” of Markle. It was the first time the palace acknowledged that the pair were dating.

Markle deleted her social-media accounts in January before she got married. Her site, The Tig, was shut down in early 2017.

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Now updates on her life come from Kensington Palace’s accounts on platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

Vanity Fair reported in November that Markle had been coping with the negative stories by trying not to read them.

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