Did Meghan Markle Just Confide in Pharrell Williams About Public Life in the UK?

Did Meghan Markle Just Confide in Pharrell Williams About Public Life in the UK?

"They don't make it easy," Meghan Markle said of the haters.

By Tamara Palmer
Pharrell Williams and Meghan Markle

When you're Pharrell Williams, you get to cross paths with people like Meghan Markle at premieres of big movies you've scored like The Lion King and give them compliments to their face. And when the musician did such a thing with the Duchess of Sussex while she was on what she called her "date night" with husband Prince Harry, her reply seemed to reveal an opinion about how the press and royal over-watchers treat the couple.

“So happy for your union,” Williams told her at the premiere, as seen on footage from ITV. “Love is amazing. It’s wonderful. Don’t ever take that for granted, but what it means in today’s climate, I just wanted to tell you, it’s so significant for so many of us. Seriously. It’s significant. We cheer you guys on.”

“Thank you,” she said. “They don’t make it easy.” 

Who is this "they" and what does "today's climate" have to do with it? Could Markle be referring to the general public (or specifically people who judged her based on her race), or could she be referring to the British public, who have often criticized her pushy American ways? She couldn't possibly be referring to members of the royal family, right? 

After all, Markle and her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, who just had a ball together at Wimbledon, are thumbing their figurative noses at all the tabloids that have tried to pit them against each other as enemies and are actually bonding as young mothers with common interests and experiences.

“There is a sense of [Markle and Middleton's] relationship strengthening,” a royal insider told PEOPLE.

Now that they don't all live together at Kensington Palace, another explained, they have a situation that allows "more time to be like family.”

Looks like the Duchess is doing her best to handle her new role and how it's perceived with grace.

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