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Meghan Markle is not the woman you think she is.

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You can pinpoint the precise day the world turned on Meghan Markle.

It was November 23. A Friday. And the news broke that 37-year-old Markle and her husband, 34-year-old Prince Harry, were moving out of Kensington Palace.

Reported first by The Sun, the story went that, “Now Harry and Meghan don’t want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own.”

It didn’t matter that part of that story was fact – they were moving out of Kensington Palace, and the other part was fiction – the pair hated their in-laws.

Tabloids have a way of using both ingredients in the same recipe, and once you bite into the slice of cake, you can’t tell which is which anymore.

It’s been almost four months since that story broke. Now, allow us to introduce you to ‘Hurricane Meghan’.

Everyone she works with decides to quit.

She texts them at 5am with ludicrous demands, leading to an intervention by the respectable Kate Middleton.

“That’s unacceptable!” she proclaimed, horrified, when she heard the way Markle spoke to them.

Then there was the time Markle made Middleton cry at Charlotte’s bridesmaid fitting, leading to a falling out between the pair.

She’s had to be spoken to about her behaviour by the Queen herself,  who warned her that she must be careful how she speaks to staff members and be sure to follow family protocols.

On top of all that she’s caused an ‘irretrievable’ rift between Harry and William, with recent reports that they hadn’t spoken in 250 days. But who’s counting.

If only it stopped there.

In January of this year she became single-handedly responsible for drought, murder and environmental devastation, after a friend of hers dared suggest that Markle enjoys the avocado on toast.

“Is Meghan’s favourite snack fuelling drought and murder?” The Daily Mail asked on their front page, and yes it most certainly is.

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This week a columnist added that the guests at Markle’s New York baby shower revealed a “sad secret” about her life.

“She has made no new friends since she moved to London. Not one. Nada. Zilch. I believe the technical term might be Nigel no (new) friends,” Daniela Elser wrote.

It was slightly overlooked that Markle is actually having two baby showers. One in New York, presumably with her New York friends. And one in the UK.

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But don’t let that little detail get in the way of the biggest story in the world right now: No one likes Meghan Markle. 

She’s demanding and cruel and determined to destroy the relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry.

And that’s why it’s time to remind ourselves: Meghan Markle is not the woman we think she is.

The moment she became a royal, she forfeited her right of reply. She accepted silence. And a vacuum emerged where a person once was.

She became a character, and the press became the script writers, filling her with words and motives and actions that moved the story along.

When a person cannot respond to what is said about them, they become like a mirror. What one thinks of Meghan Markle is a reflection of them, saying far more about the person with the opinions, than a Duchess on the other side of the world.

Markle the obnoxious, over-bearing, disruptive and controlling wife, is the personification of how a lot of people perceive the United States, while her very British sister-in-law demands she show some humility.

The woman with brown hair and beautiful freckles on the front page of The Daily Mail is an interesting villain, albeit a slightly one dimensional one. But she’s not Meghan Markle.

And deep down, surely we all know that.

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