- After their royal exit this spring, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved across the Atlantic to settle down in Los Angeles.
- The move came after a mounting list of issues and hardships Meghan in particular has faced since joining the royal family in 2018, but relocating may not have helped as much as the Sussexes expected, especially as their legal battle against British tabloids has heated up in recent weeks.
- A relative of Meghan's told The Mirror that the duchess has "gone very quiet" recently and seems to be struggling amidst her move back to California.
Earlier this year, Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, shocked the world when they announced their intention to step back from working royal life. The decision was motivated, in large part, by the couple's desire for increased privacy.
As part of their continued battle for privacy, the Sussexes filed suit against Associated Newspapers, the publishers of Mail Online and the Mail on Sunday, after they published parts of a letter Meghan wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, around the time of her royal wedding. Recent revelations made in court documents in the case have apparently compounded the stress Meghan has felt since going under the royal microscope and the duchess is reportedly struggling more than ever.
"She has gone very quiet. I think she is likely to be feeling extremely low and probably struggling," a relative of Meghan's told the Sunday Mirror. "The legal battle and the increased tension it’s created with the royals due to the information that’s coming out has to be putting a lot of strain on them both."
The relative, who requested anonymity, also weighed in on Harry's reported issues with the rest of the royal family.
"Meghan’s been a lot more distant and introverted over the last few weeks–her family is worried. And Harry must be tormented by his fractured family ties," the relative explained. "He was particularly down on William’s birthday on June 21."
In addition to dealing with the privacy case against British tabloids, Meghan has had another very stressful and very public issue to contend with in recent weeks. In June, Meghan's longtime friend, Jessica Mulroney, was at the center of a scandal after she displayed "textbook white privilege" during a disagreement with Sasha Exeter, a Black influencer. Meghan has reportedly distanced herself from Mulroney since the incident.
"Meghan’s fallout with Jessica has hit her really hard and she’s not even been speaking to some of her closest friends," Meghan's relative said. "She’s shut down—and they think she’s at a loss over who to even trust any longer."
We can only hope that, once her case is over, Meghan can find some well-deserved peace of mind.
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