As the world still mourns Queen Elizabeth II, every single member of the royal family has been under pressure – and in the spotlight.
Unsurprisingly, there has been an extreme focus on Meghan Markle – who some claim is enduring ”a hellish kind of hazing.”
But it is not only during this heavy mourning period that the Duchess of Sussex has been under fire. Unfortunately, she has also been given several cruel nicknames over the years – and the latest may be a little bit over the line…
The last number of years have seen Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship with the British royal family deteriorate. Yet during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the couple reunited with the other royal family members to show a united front.
However, tensions between the members of The Firm still seem to be high.
According to Meghan’s US chat show host friend Gayle King no peace deal has been struck between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal family.
Criticism from royal fans
During the state funeral, Meghan Markle honored the Queen in a beautiful way. She wore the pearl and diamond earrings the Queen gave her during their first joint engagement in 2018. The Duchess of Sussex followed royal protocol with her clothing during the mourning process.
However, many royal fans couldn’t sit quiet and reacted to the fact that Meghan seemed to break a certain royal tradition.
It’s reportedly been tradition – though not mandatory – that the royal women wear a mourning veil. Kate, Camilla – the Queen Consort – and Princess Sophie were among several women seen sporting such a veil, together with the traditional black hat. Meghan Markle and young Princess Charlotte, however, decided not to wear the veil.
Meghan also came under fire during the Queen’s funeral.
As King Charles III was fighting back tears when his mother’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault earlier this week, viewers could see how Meghan Markle also wiped tears from her face after the state funeral, with makeup visibly seen on one of her black gloves.
Meghan Markle, Sophie Countess fo Wessex
The funeral was covered by Today and led by anchor Karl Stefanovic, who decided to poke fun at Meghan after pictures of her crying were published.
He said they were open to interpretation, implying that pictures of Meghan wiping the tears from her face were perhaps misleading.
“There’s been lots of photos around and interpretations of photos and reading into photos [meanings] that may or may not be true,” Stefanovic said.
“‘There’s a couple of Meghan, um, with a tear running down her face – apparently – and also even one of Princess Charlotte that everyone was saying she was crying, and we don’t know if it was true or not.”
”Hellish kind of hazing”
While Meghan has always been vocal about their unfair treatment from the Royal Family, no one from the family itself has sided with them or confirmed their allegations. But this week, Christina Oxenberg, a third cousin of King Charles III made some claims which confirm what Harry and Meghan have been saying all along.
She said the Royal Family has a checkered history of hazing women men in the family date and or marry. In a conversation with the New York Post, she said that the only women who survive that kind of treatment are “tough as nails.” This is one of the rare instances that someone in the family itself has acknowledged how dreadful it can be to try to be a part of it.
The American-Serbian writer, a descendant of Serbian royalty, also wanted to give some words of encouragement to Meghan and said, “to Meghan Markle, I say, ‘What you are going through is a hellish kind of hazing.’” She went on to add, “If she can just hang in there, someone else will come along who can take the heat. Nobody gets a pass.”
‘Frozen out’ of Hollywood
As the two lovebirds took the world by storm, Harry and Meghan became somewhat of royal favorites among the public. But only two years after tying the knot in 2018, Harry and Meghan decided to leave the Royal Family for good. Instead, they settled in the US, seeking to live a more peaceful life.
But they haven’t managed to stay out of the limelight and both Meghan and Harry have been heavily criticized for sharing private details of Royal Family relations.