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While Meghan Markle purposely doesn’t read the smeary tabloid reports being written about her, she is aware they’re out there, and that alone is taking a toll on her, Us Weekly is reporting. “Meghan has so much on her plate, between being pregnant and dealing with the public backlash, and she’s finding the whole situation incredibly stressful,” a royal insider told the outlet.
And, because Meghan is only human, a second source added that “she’s definitely bothered by all the reports and speculation. Some things are just hard to stay away from.”
One source told Us Weekly—particularly dramatically—that “Harry feels responsible for Meghan being so miserable.” While it’s unclear whether Meghan is actually miserable over press coverage, the Duchess of Sussex has been reported by multiple outlets over the last couple months to be frustrated at their coverage—especially when much of it is untrue.
Reports that Meghan is a difficult boss? Absolutely untrue, a royal source told ELLE.com earlier, as Meghan is well-liked by her staff, and people are excited by her ideas and enthusiasm.
Reports that Meghan and Kate are feuding? Not at all the case in reality. “The stories of the two duchesses having a major ongoing feud are just overblown,” a royal source told ELLE.com previously. “They have enormous respect for each other.” There’s no “ongoing royal rift,” a royal insider added.”
Us Weekly was told by a royal insider in December that for Meghan, taking the high road and not being able to comment or correct the reports has been hard. “It’s just been frustrating and stressful to have no voice,” the source told Us. “She’s always relied on her own voice to stand up for others, and for herself. So not being able to say anything is a debilitating feeling.”
And Vanity Fair reported that Meghan felt like she was the subject of a smear campaign in the British tabloids at the end of November. “She feels to a degree the British press is out to get her and while she’s aware of the news and what’s going on, she tries her best not to read all the stories about her,” a source told Vanity Fair‘s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl then. “Meghan is a believer in karma and she doesn’t want to sit there reading negative online stories and comments about herself,” that source continued.