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Let's Talk About All the Drama Surrounding Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex can't catch a break these days — and here's what British royal expert William Hanson has to say about it.

By Marianne Garvey

First it emerged that one aide to Meghan Markle quit (suddenly!) because she's reportedly difficult to work for. Shortly after, the Duchess’ personal secretary, who worked for the royal family for 17 years, also gave notice.

And if reports out of the U.K. are to be believed, Markle is now in a war with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, over drama at her wedding (about tiaras, the musty chapel, and Princess Charlotte’s dress, which reportedly left Middleton in tears.)

It’s been seven months since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wed in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, and besides her own family drama, she appeared to be doing well — touring Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand with her royal husband, announcing a pregnancy, and sitting side-by-side with the Queen at public events.

But now The Daily Mail reports that the Duchess has supposedly become “difficult and dictatorial.”

Meanwhile, the Palace is refusing to comment on any of it.

Personal Space spoke with British royal expert William Hanson, who told us Markle is actually dealing with a nearly impossible job — and seems to be doing it well despite the negative press. 

“For however many glittering receptions, tree planting ceremonies, and gilded dinners members of the British royal family enjoy attending, it is one of the hardest jobs in the world to be British royalty,” Hanson said. “The constant pressure of having to appear as a good role model, perfectly unflappable, and divinely dignified would be impossible for most of us.”

He added that still, the Duchess of Sussex is giving it her best, and “by and large, when in public, winning over the crowds and cynical elements of the media.”

But are the reports of Duchess diva behavior true?

“Who knows what exactly is happening behind Kensington Palace doors, but Her Royal Highness is probably adapting to royal life in her own way — a way which may not be how those who have come before her have done — and making sure she has a core team of trusted advisors around her to help her achieve her goals and aims for her new life as royalty,” Hanson explained.

So, her way of doing things may be upsetting to some stuffy members of the royal family. Hanson advised her to go slow with the changes she's making.

“My advice to Meghan would be that it must be done gently and slowly if she is to win. Fast-paced American can-do is all very well and good, but it will annoy the more traditional courtiers and pace of life within the royal household. And if you can’t beat them… ”

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