She just can’t catch a break. Meghan Markle, in addition to being blamed for the riff between her husband and Prince William, feuding with Kate Middleton, and being difficult to work with (how many assistants has she gone through so far?), the “Duchess of Difficult” has now earned a new nickname from some palace staff. And it ain’t great.
As her one-year anniversary to Prince Harry approaches (May 19), the U.K.’s premier high society magazine, Tatler, has recapped Meghan’s (nearly) first year as royalty and there are some juicy behind the scenes spoilers, including the fact that she’s been compared to Fergie, and not in a good way.
Senior editor David Jenkins says some royal higher-ups at Kensington Palace refer to Meghan as “trouble,” which is reminiscent of one Duchess of York — Sarah Ferguson, who was also heralded as a breath of fresh air inside a rather stuffy monarchy, but that “In the end, Lord Charteris of Amisfield, one-time Private Secretary to the Queen, declared, ‘She is vulgar, vulgar, vulgar, and that is that.’ Even The Independent wrote that Fergie had ‘exuberantly expensive bad taste, a voracious appetite for publicity and swallowed up large amounts of money,” wrote Jenkins.
And while Meghan has yet to garner that harsh of a media spotlight, writes Jenkin:
…staff at Kensington Palace are now calling her ‘Me-Gain’. And savvy – but well-informed and well-connected – outsiders feel she’s getting bad advice. And that that advice comes not from palace regulars, but from Meghan’s own connections.
Those connections are the ones being blamed for Meghan’s decision to let friends spill the tea to celebrity rags like People and US Weekly about her drama-filled relationships with various family members. Jenkins quotes an image expert as suggesting that Meghan needs some pros “because the advice she’s been getting is crap,” adding that it’s odd because “she knows exactly what she wants,” but that she seems to dealing with everything herself “and that’s dangerous.”
And that new nickname? Me-gain? As any husband worth his salt, Harry will be crushed. Writes Jenkins:
‘Harry’s a proud man,’ said one insider, ‘and a sensitive man. He’d be very upset at the idea of people criticising his wife. He’s utterly besotted.’
A royal source told INSIDER they believe this newest report about Meghan to be “completely untrue.”