Meghan Markle is reportedly already causing "conflict" in the palace
Meghan Markle made the leap to superstardom after it became public that she was dating Britain's most eligible bachelor, Prince Harry, back in October of 2016.
Since then, the media frenzy surrounding the romance has proved to be all consuming. In fact, Markle's appearance at Pippa Middleton's wedding was deemed so threatening that it was mutually decided that it would be best if the Suits actress attended the reception, and not the actual wedding ceremony. This, of course, was done in the fear that Meghan Markle's presence could potentially upstage the bride, who captured the world's attention back in 2011 at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
As such, Meghan and Prince Harry continue to keep a low-profile, prizing their privacy over the tabloid attention follows them wherever they go.
In fact, in November of 2016, Prince Harry was so moved by the reaction to their relationship that he released a statement, urging the media and so-called internet "trolls" to stop the "wave of abuse and harassment" that has plagued the 36-year-old Suits actress and her family:
"Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game - it is her life and his."
However, it's not just Meghan and Prince Harry that have been affected by the frenzy. According to a royal insider, Markle's potential future in the monarchy is reportedly creating "conflict" inside of the palace too.
Dick Arbiter, the Queen's former press secretary spoke to Sky News about what could be going on in the palace amidst rumours that staff are already beginning to prepare for an announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan's engagement.
Arbiter, who acted as royal press spokesman for Queen Elizabeth II until 2000, said that planning for a new era of the British monarchy is naturally fraught with tension. With the younger royals taking on more and more responsibility, as the Queen and Prince Charles ease their workload, there have been, as expected, some clashes.
"I don't think there is a conflict behind the scenes as far as the main players - the royals - are concerned… but there probably is a conflict between the people who are organising them," he stated.
'There's a tendency for people who join the royal households to get a bit of red carpet fever, feel a bit more important than they should do and don't get on with the job properly.
"So there is a conflict of interest, a personality clash amongst each other, and that is not good."
Meghan and Prince Harry, who have been dating for just over a year, have purportedly taken their relationship to the next level in recent months. But with speculation continuing to grow about the possibility of another royal wedding, it's natural that the couple would want to refrain from announcing the news publicly for quite some time.
A source told Us Magazine that Harry "always planned to share the news only with family at first so he could enjoy it before word spread. But they will make an official announcement soon."
Well, in that case, I guess that only time will tell...