'She's finding it hard to know who to trust' - Meghan Markle 'lost touch' with close friends since engagement
Meghan Markle is reportedly struggling with refining her inner circle as she is "finding it hard to know who to trust" since her engagement to now-husband Prince Harry.
The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex spent most of her life in Los Angeles before moving to Toronto to film Suits, where she lived for seven years and built a network of trustworthy close friends, most of whom were fixtures in high society so were already familiar with the precariousness of public life. But since announcing her engagement to the British royal last year and their wedding in May, she has moved full-time to the UK where she is trying to forge genuine connections of her own.
In particular, since she's been betrayed so consistently by her father Thomas Sr, half brother Thomas Jr and half sister Samantha Grant, she feels she can only trust her mother Doria Ragland, who is spending an increasing amount of time in London to support her daughter.
"Meghan has lost touch with some of her close friends from before the wedding, which has been tough. She's finding it hard to know who to trust," a source told People magazine.
There is also the issue of leaks - Meghan flew to Toronto last month for a private visit to see her long-time best friend Jessica Mulroney, a Toronto-based stylist who helped plan her wedding, and she chose to stay at her family home to avoid any media intrusion. Despite not announcing the trip via Kensington Palace as it was a personal trip on her own, the news still broke and soon, details of what she watched - and drank - on the Air Canada flight were reported, although Mulroney earned her stripes as Markle's most trusted confidante as any details of what they got up to in Canada are still under lock and key.
Her makeup artist Daniel Martin, who works with the world's best known celebrities around the world with Dior, said he is part of an assortment that keeps in touch with her.
"There's a small group of us that check in with her and see how she's doing, but she's still the same person," Martin told the magazine.
It's also believed actress Priyanka Chopra is among the names on that short list as she was persistently asked about the royal wedding in the months before the Windsor ceremony, but tactfully managed to give little to nothing away.
Emily Nash, royal editor with Hello! magazine, said figuring out who you can trust is part and parcel of royal life - the only difference being that Harry, William and Kate, who first became at least informally indoctrinated into the royal circle as a teenager, have had years to cultivate a close circle of friends - and it's rare that you'll see any 'new' friends on the scene.
"She is still going to be seeing and speaking to her most trusted friends just as before," she said, adding that she is "getting used to a more discreet social life".
As for her British-based friends, it's believed she's trying to forge bonds with Amal Clooney and Victoria Beckham.