- A royal biographer said the Duchess of Sussex is “not popular” among her husband’s friends.
- Speaking on the CBS special “Harry and Meghan Plus One,” which aired last week, Angela Levin said Meghan Markle was not well liked in Prince Harry’s inner circle because his friends think “she’s running the show.”
- However, Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, told INSIDER that the reports could be linked to Meghan’s “new-age lifestyle” that Harry is thought to have happily adopted since he started dating the former actress in 2016.
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A string of royal experts, as well as a few of Meghan Markle’s close friends, appeared on the CBS special “Meghan and Harry Plus One” on Friday to chat about all things Meghan, including what kind of mother she’ll be to her new baby, Archie.
Meghan may not have been too thrilled about the program, as Buckingham Palace said she had not “requested or given permission to friends to participate.”
Not all the opinions on the show were in favour of the duchess either.
Angela Levin, a royal biographer who wrote the book “Harry: Conversations with the Prince,” said Prince Harry’s close friends were not keen on his wife.
“I think she’s not popular in a lot of circles often because they adore Harry and they seem to think that she’s running the show,” Levin said.
While that may seem like a controversial thing to say, it’s not entirely surprising.
Several reports over the past few months said Meghan had been given the nickname “Duchess Difficult” and “Me-gain” by staff at Kensington Palace.
Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, said the rift could be linked to Meghan’s modern, healthy lifestyle that Harry is thought to have adopted since they met in 2016.
“I think these reports are linked to the undoubted fact that Harry has changed and that Meghan’s new-age lifestyle suits him perfectly these days,” Fitzwilliams, a former editor of “The International Who’s Who,” told INSIDER.
“From embracing feminism to practicing mediation, she has changed him, and she is also a strong presence. She is what he needed, and he has shared some of the problems he faced over the last 20 years openly with us.”
He added: “If someone does change, this can, of course, alter friendships.”
A month before welcoming their new son, Harry and Meghan were spotted at an apothecary that specialises in “naturopathy, homeopathy, herbology and phyto-actives,” according to E! News. The couple spent more than two hours at the wellness clinic, photographers told the outlet, and likely went to a health and wellness therapy session.
In 2017, Harry opened up about seeking therapy to help deal with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, after shutting down his emotions for almost two decades, he told The Telegraph.
Of the reports of Harry’s friends’ dislike of Meghan, Fitzwilliams said he thinks that while there’s no doubt she has influenced a change in the duke’s lifestyle, this could be “unsubstantiated gossip.”
“The rumours about this have been going on for months,” he said. “I would be suspicious of the veracity of them, such as the totally unsubstantiated claim that he has given up shooting.
“Harry’s set were always so loyal to him. His transgressions in Las Vegas were because he foolishly played around outside his loyal social circle. So this is unsubstantiated gossip.”
In 2012, Harry was involved in a scandal after naked photographs of him taken at a party in Las Vegas went viral. The prince had invited some friends to his hotel suite to play strip pool – and though Harry had a personal bodyguard there, that didn’t stop one partygoer from taking pictures of him wearing nothing but a necklace and leaking them to the Daily Mail.
Harry hasn’t been involved in such a scandal for several years, and many think that’s down to Meghan’s good influence on the duke.
“If some of his close friends did become less close, which often happens when someone marries, they certainly wouldn’t tell the press,” Fitzwilliams added.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment to INSIDER.
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