Meghan Markle has weathered her share of criticism since the news she was dating Prince Harry broke. And it has only intensified since their marriage and the birth of their first child. Royal commenter Victoria Arbiter praised the Duchess for her handling of the criticism, warned the she could reach her "breaking point" because of the negativity she has been facing.
A former royal editor says that until people have joined the Royal Family, they have no idea what life is like. Speaking on Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box,' ITV News' former royal editor Tim Ewart says: "We talk a lot about people coming into the Royal Family being prepared for what it’s going to be like. "Kate and Meghan must expect to be the centre of attention, they have no idea, absolutely no idea what it’s really like. "When it was Diana, there were photographers, there were camera men, people weren’t using smart phones. Now every single person that a member of the Royal Family meets has a smart phone up. "Every single word that is said, doesn’t matter where the TV cameras are, doesn’t matter where the snappers, the photographers, they can be anywhere. But every single person has got their phone up or their iPad up, nothing is private anymore. "That’s something until those people have been through it, they have no understanding of what it’s like. I know very little about Meghan Markle’s early life as an actress, she was a well-known actress but she wasn’t hunted by the paparazzi. Suddenly to come into this cauldron, into this Royal Family is beyond anything that she could ever have expected and it will be very, very difficult for Harry, as it was with William with Kate, to explain just how intense that is. How every single every expression, movement, comment - bang. That’s going to be on the front page."
TV presenter Lizzie Cundy, 50, first met ‘Suits’ actress Markle, now styled as the Duchess of Sussex, back in 2013.
Royal commentator Omid Scobie said the Duchess of Sussex will have to heal the rift with her father Thomas Markle before Archie is involved.
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The Duchess of Sussex has accumulated a lot of celebrity friends over the years, through her career as an actress and charity work. Royal author Phil Dampier says: "The thing is rightly or wrongly, Harry and Meghan are now seen as a global celebrity couple. "Some people probably don’t even think of them as royal, they just think of them as a glamorous couple, particularly younger people and I think they just like them for who they are, so it’s kind of a separate thing. "Sometimes I think Meghan is possibly surrounding herself with Hollywood PRs or Hollywood agents and it is slightly different in the Royal Family, so that could cause a problem in the future, but out there in public, they don’t seem to mind." Nick Ede thinks there are a lot of upsides to Meghan having celebrity friends: "She’s fantastic as a public speaker, she knows exactly how to talk to every single person. "She’s also got a really great way of negotiating different things in her life and different events etc. "I think being a Hollywood star is a fantastic thing, to have that as part of the Royal Family because they are celebrities. In the UK we see them as our Royal Family but around the world they’re ambassadors and that’s really what a celebrity is."