We haven't heard from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in quite a while, after they decided to take a 6-week hiatus from royal duties in order to recuperate.
Apparently, the many controversies and criticisms they have faced this year have left them feeling "bruised" and needing some time away to be a family in private.
They've faced accusations of hypocrisy and things have gotten so bad with the media that they decided to sue Associated Newspaper. It's been quite a fall from grace this year for a couple who garnered so much praise after their 2018 wedding.
Meghan Had An Expensive Baby Shower
Back in February, Meghan's celebrity pals threw her a baby shower in New York City at a huge expense.
The fact that it was so ostentatious didn't look great for a member of the royal family, especially one who is constantly calling for people to support the less fortunate.
Meghan did have some supporters who claimed Meghan was within her rights to have a baby shower, especially one that was privately paid for.
Victoria Arbiter, a royal commentator told Fox News, “There’s absolutely no reason why Meghan shouldn’t have a baby shower. Showers are largely an American tradition and Harry, along with the rest of the royal family, would be more than happy for her to honor her own tradition and customs."
However, it wasn't the baby shower itself that drew criticism, but the cost, whether the Duchess paid for it herself or not.
Serena Williams rented out the $75,000 a night penthouse suite at The Mark hotel, and another friend covered the cost of a private plane, with a rumored cost of over $100,000.
So Much Secrecy Surrounding Their New Baby
While the Duchess of Cambridge followed in the footsteps of Princess Diana, giving birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth somewhere else.
An insider told The Sun, “Harry and Meghan realized there is intense public interest but this baby is not a direct heir to the throne and they want the birth to be as private as possible."
There was a massive amount of secrecy following the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and that extended to the birth announcement and his christening.
Not only did Meghan and Harry keep it completely private, but they never revealed the names of Archie's godparents. Many felt that with their position within the royal family, this was going a bit far.
Their Use Of Private Jets
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been quite vocal about protecting the environment and telling people to do everything they can to help with the effects of climate change.
However, the hypocrisy was real. The couple took four private jets on vacations within an 11 day period.
At an event in Amsterdam to announce a new project called Travalyst, Harry tried to defend himself from the criticism, though seemingly made things worse.
He claimed he uses private jets "to ensure the safety of my family.” However, when his brother chose to fly commercial with his entire family not long after, it didn't make Harry and Meghan look great.
Even worse? Harry's supposedly passionate speech at the Google climate change retreat, which he apparently gave barefoot after flying in yet again by private jet. Perhaps he stopped for a pedicure first?
Speaking Out In Their African Documentary
After all the criticism they received, it seemed the couple were having a hard time, and spoke about this during the documentary about their tour in Africa, Meghan and Harry: An African Journey.
British journalist Tom Bradby asked the couple how they were doing, and their responses appeared very out of touch, considering the backdrop of where they were being interviewed: one of the poorest places in the world.
Meghan said, “Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant—you’re really vulnerable. So that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know? It’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."
When Bradby asked if it would be fair to call it a struggle, she replied: “Yes.”
The couple has garnered a massive amount of controversy this year, will they be able to turn things around in 2020?