Sunday 23 September 2018

'When she wakes up she has nowhere to go' - Meghan Markle is 'overwhelmed' by confines of royal life

Meghan Markle during her visit to Edinburgh Castle with Prince Harry on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle during her visit to Edinburgh Castle with Prince Harry on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk through the corridors of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on their way to a reception for young people at the Palace on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle greets well-wishers during a visit to Cardiff Castle with her fiancee Britain's Prince Harry in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle reacts during a reception for young people in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Edinburgh Castle, during a visit to Scotland
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle arrive to attend the 'Endeavour Fund Awards' Ceremony at Goldsmiths Hall on February 1, 2018 in London, England
Meghan Markle greets wellwishers while on a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, as she and Prince Harry visited Scotland
Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle leave the 'Endeavour Fund Awards' Ceremony at Goldsmiths Hall on February 1, 2018 in London, England
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (R) presents the Celebrating Excellence Award to Daniel Claricoates, who completed multiple tours in Afghanistan, during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 1, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, to celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, to celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year
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Meghan Markle meets members of the public during a walkabout as she visits Cardiff Castle
Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle leave a reception for young people in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018
Prince Harry (left) and Meghan Markle leave after their visit to Cardiff Castle
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Meghan Markle is reportedly struggling to integrate herself into royal life as she prepares to wed Britain's Prince Harry in May.

The American actress (36) moved to London last year before announcing her engagement to the 33-year-old royal and has been slowly inching her way into public life with carefully choreographed appearances alongside her fiancé around the UK. While royal watchers have praised her natural confidence at such engagements, Markle is said to be slow in adjusting to her new way of life.

She no longer enjoys the anonymity of her former life in Toronto, where she filmed hit US show Suits, and is instead relatively confined within the gates of Kensington Palace, where she and Harry live in a two-bedroom property Nottingham Cottage.

Prior to him popping the question, she could be pictured shopping around London in low-key fashion, without the glare of the world's media following her every move. And she has turned to Harry's stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for practical advice.

Britain's Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle reacts during a reception for young people in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle reacts during a reception for young people in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018

"Meghan may appear confident when on royal walkabouts, but she does have some pre-wedding butterflies – not about Harry, but about her new life," a source told the Mail on Sunday.

"As Diana once famously said, 'there is no manual', so Camilla is the best thing Meghan has. Camilla is happy to help."

The tv star is also reportedly turning to her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton, who had 10 years to adjust to the realities of public scrutiny before marrying Prince Wililam in 2011, but the couple are busy with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and preparing for another new arrival in April.

"KP [Kensington Palace] is beautiful, but when Meghan wakes up she has nowhere to go, really," the insider added.

Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (R) presents the Celebrating Excellence Award to Daniel Claricoates, who completed multiple tours in Afghanistan, during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 1, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (R) presents the Celebrating Excellence Award to Daniel Claricoates, who completed multiple tours in Afghanistan, during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 1, 2018

"She can’t potter about on the High Street, attend gym classes, or jog around Hyde Park. Instead she is confined to yoga at home or visits to Kate and William in Apartment 1A."

Last month, a body language expert suggested that Meghan is nervous at official engagements, crediting her habit of fidgeting with her hair a telltale sign.

Meghan Markle visits Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle visits Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Kuhnke, author of Body Language for Dummies, told Femail that fidgeting with hair is a tactic women often use to settle themselves when they feel under pressure or uncomfortable.

“It’s the adult version of a child clutching favourite toy, mother’s skirt or father’s hand when feeling anxious and not knowing what to do or say,” she said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public during a walkabout as they visit Cardiff Castle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public during a walkabout as they visit Cardiff Castle

"When feeling nervous - knowing millions of people are watching and judging - tilting one’s head down and playing with hair is a tell of the psychological state of the need to shield or protect herself."

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