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Are Critics Right About Meghan And Harry? Or Is It Just Bullying?

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By Sarah Veldman

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have faced a tough time this year, facing criticism for every choice they've made.

Their use of private jets has been called hypocritical, as well as Meghan's lavish baby shower that was held at the same time @sussexroyal posted a picture about poverty and helping those less fortunate.

Meghan has been criticized for her treatment of her family, especially her estranged father, and Prince Harry has had family troubles of his own, feuding with his brother Prince William.

Is the criticism warranted? Or is it just a hate campaign started by the British media? That depends on how you look at it.

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They Were On A High After Their Wedding

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During the lead up to their 2018 wedding, and in the months after, the couple were showered with love and praise from most outlets.

While there are always haters, the majority of the world supported the new couple, and many were exceptionally happy about the diversity Meghan was bringing into the Windsor family.

A black, American actress was seen as a step forward for the traditional, white, somewhat dated family and her fresh, California vibes were welcome in the dusty halls of Buckingham Palace.

The Drama Starts When Meghan Is Branded a "Bridezilla"

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We all get a little stressed about our wedding day, wanting everything to go perfectly. When you know millions of people around the world are going to be watching, that stress factor would obviously go up a billion watts.

It was reported that in the run-up to the wedding, Meghan made Kate Middleton cry during a dress fitting for Princess Charlotte. She was also criticized for her treatment of staff, supposedly talking to them in a harsh manner. However, these were all rumors at the time, and most people brushed it off.

The Couple Faces Bigger Criticism

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After their 2018 wedding, it seemed as if things started to go downhill quickly. Some of the biggest backlash they have faced has been over their use of private jets this summer to various vacation spots like Ibiza and France, all while telling the rest of the world to be environmentally friendly. The couple was seen as hypocritical, and it came off as "do as I say, not as I do."

Things started to look up during their tour in Africa, however, their comments in the documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey were seen as taking on a victim mentality, and didn't look good in the impoverished environment they were in.

British Media Has Not Held Back

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Piers Morgan has been an outspoken critic of the couple, writing almost weekly opinion articles about his distaste for their actions.

Just yesterday he wrote an article with the headline, "If Harry and Meghan don’t want negative press, they should stop behaving like whiny spoiled brats and do their damn duty – and they can start by spending Christmas with the Queen."

So, it would seem Piers is definitely not holding back or trying to spare their feelings.

He continues in the article, "News the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be attending the Queen’s traditional family Christmas celebrations up at her Sandringham home has inevitably ignited another firestorm of negative headlines. And doubtless, they will view these with the same blind, indignant fury they view any unfavorable media coverage. Harry and Meghan don’t just dislike being criticized, they don’t believe they SHOULD be criticized."

Are Critics Right? Or Do They Just Hate This Couple?

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The British media is notorious for building up new members of the royal family, and unceremoniously kicking them off that pedestal at some point, with the same thing even being done to Princess Diana in the early days.

While I don't believe Meghan and Harry are terrible people, as some people do, it would seem they need to be more careful about their PR decisions, and how their decisions are being viewed by the public.

Perhaps the six-week break they plan to take over the holidays will give them some time to process things, and they will come back with a new perspective.

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