British Royal Family

The cruel nickname royal staff have given Meghan Markle

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Kensington Palace right now!

By Rebecca Sullivan
She may be one of the most adored women in the world, but Meghan Markle still cannot escape rumours that her own staff and members of the royal family are less than thrilled with her.
The heavily pregnant mother-to-be has been dubbed the "difficult Duchess" and "Hurricane Meghan", thanks to her go-getter attitude which has her out of bed at 5am and sending off a flurry of texts to her aides.
Meghan's apparent appetite to get started on her work before many palace staff have even had their first sip of English breakfast tea has reportedly ruffled a few feathers behind palace gates.
"Well-meaning as she is, her particular brand of 'up and at 'em' West Coast energy is an uncomfortable fit with the more formal ethos of some palace staff," the Mail on Sunday reported late last year.
Since then a number of Meghan's staff have quit, including her private secretary Amy Pickerill and long-time staffer Samantha Cohen, who also handed in her notice after 17 years of working with the royals.
And now, a new report in UK's Tatler magazine has revealed some royal staff members have coined a cruel new nickname for the Duchess - "Me-GAIN".
Meghan has been unable to escape rumours that she is difficult to work with. (Image: Getty)
Referring to the treatment Prince Andrew's former wife Sarah Ferguson received, a long editorial in the new issue of Tatler said, "Meghan has seen nothing like that – even though staff at Kensington Palace are now calling her 'Me-Gain'."
The magazine also argued that the "well-informed and well-connected" Meghan is receiving "bad advice".
They argue her decision to allow her friends to defend herself to People magazine about her complicated relationship with father Thomas Markle, as well as her lavish New York baby shower, had a few royal noses out of joint.
"Eyebrows rose even higher during her luxurious New York trip and the 'Marie Antoinette' overtones of her baby shower, which included four Ladurée macaron towers costing $350 each," the magazine said.
Meghan and Harry are about to expect their first child together. (Image: Getty)
A royal insider previously told The Sun that Meghan's previous experience as an actress is actually hindering her in her new royal role.
"Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment," the source said.
"However, there's a different degree of respect in the royal household and Kate has always been very careful about how she has acted around staff."
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According to the Daily Mail, Meghan's old personal assistant Melissa Toubati reportedly quit last year because the work had become "too much".
"Her job was highly ­pressurised and in the end it became too much," a royal source told the publication.
"She put up with quite a lot. Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it ended up with her in tears."
Despite also having handed in her resignation, Meghan's assistant private secretary Amy Pickerill, who also worked for Kate Middleton, will finish up in her role once Meghan has given birth to the royal baby and she and Prince Harry move into Frogmore Cottage in the coming weeks.
"Amy is leaving. It's very sad for her colleagues, as she is a really popular member of staff," a source told the Daily Mail.
"She has agreed to stay on to help them with the birth of the baby and organise their new household, but will then move on."