Meghan Markle Told Friends “Changes Would Have Been Made” if Kate Middleton Were Bullied by Tabloids

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Mehera Bonner

From Good Housekeeping

  • An alleged friend of Meghan Markle’s claims the Duchess of Sussex said British tabloids would have been shut down if Kate Middleton were being bullied.

  • The source claims Harry “constantly” approached his family about Meghan’s treatment and they didn’t listen.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently moved to Los Angeles after stepping away from senior royal duties and leaving England, where there’s no denying that Meghan went through it. According to the Daily Mail, Meghan told friends that she believed if her sister-in-law Kate Middleton had been similarly targeted by British tabloids, the royals would have stepped in.

“[Meghan said] no one would have put up with it, and the broken and outdated system would have been revised. Those outlets responsible for their vicious attacks would have been shut out,” a friend told the Daily Mail, adding that the duchess believes “changes would have been made.”

This all gets a little messy because, ironically, the Daily Mail is one of the outlets that Meghan and Harry have announced they’re having “no corroboration and zero engagement” with.

But according to their source, Harry “constantly” approached Prince Charles and the Queen about Meghan being bullied by the press, and they “wouldn’t do anything to change the protocol.” Apparently, Meghan “said it was infuriating that Harry’s very real and valid concerns fell on deaf ears.”

Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

“Meghan said they made it seem like this is the way it is, deal with it. Harry had been dealing with it far too long,” the source added. “She said he wasn’t going to let this destroy her life and their marriage.”

The source also claims that “Meghan said Harry made it crystal clear that they could not function in good faith under the current system…and that if it wasn’t revised and updated to their liking, they would have no other choice than to break from the royal family. She said no one took his pleas seriously, so they had to take the issue into their own hands. This was about protecting the family and doing right by Princess Diana. She said the British tabloids have haunted Harry since childhood and should have been kicked out of the media pool long ago. The system is broken and Harry wanted to fix it. She said he needed to take a stand and now they are doing it together.”

Source quotes should always be taken with a grain of salt, but there’s no denying that Meghan’s treatment by UK media was incredibly harsh—and the fact that she left England because of it? More than understandable.

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