Meghan and Prince Harry must be “struggling” to cope as their royal rift is played out in a legal battle, a relative has claimed.
In documents lodged at the High Court this week, the Duchess of Sussex has insisted she was left “unprotected” by the Royal Family while pregnant with son Archie.
It’s the latest salvo fired in her continuing fight with a newspaper over published extracts of a letter she sent to dad Thomas.
The relative of Meghan, who does not want to be named, told the Sunday Mirror: “She has gone very quiet. I think she is likely to be feeling extremely low and probably struggling.
“The legal battle and the increased tension it’s created with the royals due to the information that’s coming out has to be putting a lot of strain on them both.
“Meghan’s been a lot more distant and introverted over the last few weeks – her family is worried. And Harry must be tormented by his fractured family ties.
“He was particularly down on William’s birthday on June 21.”
This week it emerged 37-year-old Meghan has named in court papers five friends who gave an interview to US People magazine defending her and criticising her father.
But she denies authorising them to do it.
She insisted her friends spoke to the magazine only because they were worried for her.
Meghan also claimed she had been the subject of numerous damaging and distressing articles, with Kensington Palace ordering her to say nothing but “no comment”.
Her legal document stated: “As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”
The couple quit as frontline royals in January to move to Canada before settling in Los Angeles. Meghan is suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing extracts from the handwritten letter she sent to her father Thomas, 75, in August 2018.