Saturday 25 November 2017

'For the first time, the realities of the royal bubble are starting to dawn on her' - how Meghan Markle is adjusting

Britain's Prince Harry and his girlfriend actress Markle watch the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry and his girlfriend actress Markle watch the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry and his girlfriend actress Meghan Markle watch the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Meghan Markle watches a Wheelchair Tennis match at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada
SUITS "Skin In the Game" Episode 701 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Royal seal of approval: Meghan has already met the Queen and Prince Harry. Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage
Meghan Markle
Actress Meghan Markle, who plays Rachel Zane in the hit USA legal drama 'Suits' at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin in 2013
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada
Kate Middleton in 2007
Kate Middleton looks on from the Royal Box on the fourth day of The Annual National Hunt Festival held at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2007 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Lawn Tennis Association in London, October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Kate Middleton leaves her Chelsea flat on her 25th birthday on January 9, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at West Ham UnitedÕs London Stadium, as they attend the graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices
Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle (left) during the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada
It would be some sight to see the Duchess of Cambridge rowing on the River Thames these days a la July 2007.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

They've been the most talked about couple in the world for more than a year, outshining even early Brangelina in terms of public interest.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal romance might still be classified as relatively new (they've been together 18 months) but news of an engagement has followed them since the beginning. Early on and without pictures to over-analyse, reports began emerging of how in love they are, rumours she's been trying on wedding dresses and a number of pieces highlighting her compatible temperament with that of a princess.

Meghan Markle watches a Wheelchair Tennis match at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada
Meghan Markle watches a Wheelchair Tennis match at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada

But now enough time has passed that the tide is slowly starting to turn.

Markle recently appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair discussing her relationship, saying she hopes that this time will be just for the two of them, acknowledging in as many words that if, and more likely, when, they wed, she will need to adopt a more official role in the British royal family.

"I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us," she said.

"It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. Personally, I love a great love story."

For the most part, she has come out relatively unscathed: except for some paparazzi pictures of her heading to yoga class in Toronto and the fact that she is now a household name, her day-to-day life has largely stayed the same and she still resides in Canada where she films Suits.

But Look magazine, one of four British titles which featured the tv star on its cover this week, reports that there are some concerns about the pressure that comes with life in the royal fishbowl, what with two documentaries about their relationship appearing on the small screen over the last week and a public appearance at the Invictus Games in September.

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SUITS "Skin In the Game" Episode 701 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

"For the first time, the realities of the royal bubble are starting to dawn on Meghan," an insider told the magazine. "She's worked so hard and makes sure she acts properly and that people like her. Meg's image is carefully crated and has been built up over many years.

"Harry has been great. He's given her countless examples of times that he's been unfairly criticised and nobody thinks any less of him."

Kate Middleton leaves her Chelsea flat on her 25th birthday on January 9, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton leaves her Chelsea flat on her 25th birthday on January 9, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

One person who she is rather unsurprisingly turning to for help is Kate Middleton, who went through her own struggles with the press in the early days of her relationship with husband Prince William. "When Meg looks at how Kate holds her head high through it all, that's the ultimate example.

"This documentary will come and go, Kate said, but Harry will still love you."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for a visit to the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London and to meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for a visit to the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London and to meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales

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