Happily ever after? Inside Meghan’s first six months as a royal

From finding love with a prince to a fancy wedding watched by millions of people around the world, Meghan Markle’s life is seemingly made up of all of the characteristics of a fairy tale, which includes managing a complicated history with her own family (half-sister and all) and making a name for herself outside the palace walls.

Six months ago, Meghan, who was best known for her role as Rachel Zane on the USA series Suits up until her November 2017 engagement to Prince Harry, officially started her life as the Duchess of Sussex. The now 37-year-old retired actress wed Harry, now 34, in front of 800 guests at St George’s Chapel on May 19.

Weeks after her nuptials, an insider told Us that Meghan was “happy to finally be back in a routine and have the wedding be over,” noting that she was “really nervous walking down the aisle.” 

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex hold hands in the Ascot Landau Carriage as their carriage procession rides along the Long Walk, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Ms. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at the start of her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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US actress Meghan Markle, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, are driven along the Long Walk as they arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle is driven to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle along with her page boys Brian and John Mulroney at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Prince Harry, arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive back at Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony and after their procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle.

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With the pressure of the royal wedding behind her, Meghan was ready to start her new role and and began “assimilating to life in the U.K. and as the Duchess of Sussex,” another source explained to Us in June. The newly minted duchess wasted no time, making her first post-honeymoon appearance with Harry at the Trooping the Colour parade on June 9. While Meghan stunned in a pale pink dress and matching hat, the new royal made headlines for showing off her shoulders at the event, which also served as the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.  Social media skeptics were quick to call out Meghan for breaking royal protocol, pointing out that Duchess Catherine and the late Princess Diana never wore short sleeve dresses to engagements honoring Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, but the one-time actress didn’t seem phased.

Days later, Meghan attended her first solo outing with the queen on June 14. The 92-year-old monarch and her grandson’s new wife were all smiles during their visit to Cheshire county, where they opened a new toll bridge over the River Mersey. An insider told Us at the time that Meghan impressed her majesty and “quickly demonstrated that she is intelligent, polite and keen to learn.” It was only a matter of time, however, before Meghan’s father,Thomas Markle, shifted the attention back to their personal family drama.

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WIDNES, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Runcorn Train Station on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Runcorn Train Station on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
RUNCORN, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II is greeted with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Runcorn, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sits with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sits with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II stands and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sits and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II stands with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Catalyst Museum by the Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Catalyst Museum by the Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
RUNCORN, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Runcorn, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sits with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Children look on as Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for their visit to the Storyhouse on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Storyhouse on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets the public as she and Queen Elizabeth II walk from Storyhouse to Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair opened a road bridge in Widness, visited The Storyhouse in Chester ofllowed by the Town Hall. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public as she joins Queen Elizabeth II to walk from Storyhouse to Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair opened a road bridge in Widness, visited The Storyhouse in Chester ofllowed by the Town Hall. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex waves as she joins Queen Elizabeth II to walk from Storyhouse to Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair opened a road bridge in Widness, visited The Storyhouse in Chester ofllowed by the Town Hall. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
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Thomas, a retired lighting director, made headlines ahead of Meghan and Harry’s nuptials after he was caught staging photos with the paparazzi. Following the photo scandal, the former director of photography claimed he could no longer travel to London and walk his daughter down the aisle because he suffered a heart attack. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, stepped in for the occasion, but a source close to Thomas told Us in June that the 74-year-old still hoped to have a relationship with Meghan.

“Thomas swears blind he never wanted any attention and even when people found him, all he cared about was protecting Meghan and ensuring he didn’t sell her out,” the source told Us, noting that Thomas “assumed that right after the honeymoon, the royals would arrange for Harry and Meghan to see him in L.A. or even down in Mexico.”

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The Countess of Wessex and The Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex alongside trainer John Warren (left) during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
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Horse Manager John Warren (left) and the Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
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“So is he hurt and bewildered that it hasn’t happened yet? I’d say so, definitely. Is he heartbroken that he missed out on being there when his daughter married a prince? One hundred percent,” the source continued. “He’s confused as to why the British Royal Family hasn’t reached out and made arrangements for him to meet his daughter and new family-in-law. He doesn’t understand it.”

Thomas continued to harm his chances of reconnecting with Meghan — and meeting Harry — after he alleged that his daughter is “under too much pressure” from the “outdated” royal family.

“My thing about my daughter right now is that I think she is terrified. I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile,” Thomas told The Sun in July. “I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now. This one isn’t even a stage smile — this is a pained smile.”

Meghan, meanwhile, lived in fear that if she did contact her father, he would “leak their conversation” to the press, a separate source told Us in July.

“She would like to speak to him, but there is no trust there anymore,” the source explained at the time. “And it doesn’t seem like it could ever be rebuilt. The damage is done.”

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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the wedding ceremony of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (C) and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, react during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex takes her seat inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (2L), Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (2R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex take thier seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Back row LtoR: Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Front row LtoR: Sarah, Duchess of York, Britain's Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, and Mike Tindall take thier seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, take their seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) after attending the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (2L) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) leave with Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after attending the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Adding fuel to the fire? Meghan’s estranged half-sister, Samantha Markle, who tweeted in July that if their father died, she was “holding you responsible, Meg.” In another Twitter rant the following month, Samantha referred to Meghan as “Cruella de Vil.”

Despite the drama, Meghan continued to publicly shine at a series of engagements with Harry, with her fashions selling out within hours of her stepping out. One insider close to Meghan told Us that the palace was “supportive of her” as she learned “her new life.” While the couple also took time for themselves over the summer — vacationing with George and Amal Clooneyat the Oscar winner and his wife’s house in Lake Como in August and spending weekends at their own country home in Oxfordshire — another source revealed that the duchess’ family issues were “a constant fight” between her and the prince.

“Meghan wants to speak out about the issue, but Harry will never let her. Harry has learned that you cannot address these issues because it only makes it worse. And Meghan is used to replying to any sort of controversy or comment on Twitter and through a publicist,” the source told Us in September. “It’s taken a while for Meghan to get used to having the palace more involved with her life and steering her public image, but she’s finally getting comfortable and trusts that they have her best interest at heart.”

Multiple sources also noted to Us that Meghan was “lonely” in London as she adjusted to living overseas, so she threw herself into her work.

“Meghan wants to take after Diana. She has a lot of ideas that she wants to get started on and she’s very passionate about organizations in London and helping them out. Once she gets settled in, she’ll be more bold with going out and doing things,” one source explained. “This is a woman who was used to hustling and finding her next job before her last one ended, and then it just stopped abruptly.”

In addition to her philanthropic work, Meghan’s other saving grace during her transition from actress to duchess has been her mother, Doria Ragland, who watched her daughter marry Harry with tears in her eyes back in May. One source noted to Us that the pair “speak every day.”

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrives with her mother, Doria Ragland (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to host an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrives with her mother, Doria Ragland (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to host an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C), her mother, Doria Ragland (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex take part in the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan Markle and mother Doria Ragland arrive at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Jackson Lee/GC Images)
Doria Ragland and Meghan Markle make their way to Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER 31 DECEMBER 2018 WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM KENSINGTON PALACE. NO CROPPING. Copyright in the photograph is vested in The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Publications are asked to credit the photograph to Alexi Lubomirski. No charge should be made for the supply, release or publication of the photograph. The photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified in any manner or form and must include all of the individuals in the photograph when published. This official wedding photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows The Duke and Duchess in The Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, with (left-to-right): Back row: Master Jasper Dyer, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Ms. Doria Ragland, The Duke of Cambridge; middle row: Master Brian Mulroney, the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Miss Rylan Litt, Master John Mulroney; Front row: Miss Ivy Mulroney, Miss Florence van Cutsem, Miss Zalie Warren, Miss Remi Litt.
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by STEVE PARSONS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by STEVE PARSONS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by STEVE PARSONS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (2nd R) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland (R) at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by STEVE PARSONS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by STEVE PARSONS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle (right) is pictured with her mother Doria Ragland during the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Harry (right) and Meghan Markle (2nd right), are pictured with left to right Jessica Mulroney, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland and Markus Anderson during the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, girlfriend of Britain's Prince Harry, and her mother Doria Ragland watch the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland attend UN Women's 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing at Manhattan Centre at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland attend UN Women's 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing at Manhattan Centre at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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“They really are the best of friends and have always had such a close bond,” the source said.“Meghan turns to Doria for every piece of advice and does nothing without consulting her.”

Nearly four months after Meghan and Harry tied the knot, the inevitable pregnancy speculation began when the duchess wore a blue dress with belly-hiding ruffles at the 100 Days to Peace Gala in London on September 6. Meghan fueled speculation by sporting a navy coat to Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank on October 12. Multiple source previously told Us that both Meghan and Harry wanted to start a family sooner rather than later, and days after Eugenie tied the knot at the same location as the pair, the palace confirmed the duo are indeed expecting their first child together.

“Meghan is feeling amazing! She is excited, happy and over the moon. She’s in great health and has had a very easy pregnancy so far. Harry is elated,” an insider told Us in October, noting that “no decision has been made yet on where the baby will be born.”

Meghan told her mother “immediately” about her pregnancy, according to the insider, who noted Thomas “found out the same time as the rest of the world.” While the duchess’ dad continued to make headlines for dissing the royal family — even referring to Meghan’s in-laws as “cult-like, like Scientologists or the Stepford family” in August — he changed his tune after his daughter’s pregnancy news broke.

“I thought, ‘My baby is having a baby.’ It was a very proud moment,” he told the Mail on October 21. “I was filled with love, joy and happiness for both my beautiful daughter and my son-in-law. A new baby is a blessing and I look forward to seeing a little Meghan or a little Harry.”

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CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex strokes a golden retriever of a well-wisher as he arrives for an engagement at Edes House during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) and wife Meghan (2R), Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet the dogs of Ireland's President Michael Higgins and wife Sabina on arrival at the Presidential mansion on the second day of their visit in Dublin on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MAXWELLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAXWELLS/AFP/Getty Images)
LYMPSTONE, DEVON - SEPTEMBER 13: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks with Royal Marine Phil Eaglesham and his dog Cooper, during his visit The Royal Marines Commando Training Centre on September 13, 2018 in Lympstone, United Kingdom. The Duke arrived at the centre in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter for his first visit in his role as Captain General Royal Marines. He met with new recruits undergoing training as well as the Invictus Games Racing Team. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LYMPSTONE, DEVON - SEPTEMBER 13: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks with Royal Marine Phil Eaglesham and his dog Cooper, during his visit The Royal Marines Commando Training Centre on September 13, 2018 in Lympstone, United Kingdom. The Duke arrived at the centre in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter for his first visit in his role as Captain General Royal Marines. He met with new recruits undergoing training as well as the Invictus Games Racing Team. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex strokes a golden retriever of a well-wisher as he arrives for an engagement at Edes House during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: Prince Harry pets a dog as he greets the crowds leaving The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ahead of the Invictus Games 2017 on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 16: Britain's Prince Harry speaks with former Armed Services member Philip Eaglesham, left, with his Assistance Dog Cooper, as he leads a panel discussion at King's College on March 16, 2017 in London, England, Prince Harry attended the Veterans' Mental Health Conference where he led a panel discussion with three veterans on the benefits of having open conversations and getting the right support for a range of mental health issues. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BATH, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, with Jester the dog as he attends the UK team trials for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 held at the University of Bath on April 7, 2017 in Bath, England. The Invictus Games is the only international sport event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran and was an idea developed by Prince Harry after he visited the Warrior Games in Colorado USA. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Prince Harry pats a dog as he plays street hockey as part of the Streetsport initiative during a visit to Robert Gordon University on September 20, 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 12: Prince Harry dries a service dog after it raced in the pool during with its Invictus competitor handlers on the final day of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando for the Invictus Games 2016. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 12: Prince Harry helps a service dog out from the pool as they take part in a race in the pool with their Invictus competitor handlers on the final day of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando for the Invictus Games 2016. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 06: Prince Harry meets a medical alert dog as he visits venues ahead of Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 6, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando ahead of the opening of Invictus Games which will open on Sunday. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games)
HOEDSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Prince Harry with a Ranger Tracker dog as he visits the South African Wildlife College on December 2, 2015 in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Prince Harry is visiting South Africa as part of a Royal Tour that has included the Opening of a new Charity Centre for children in Lesotho (Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre) and includes stops in Durban, Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KEMPIANA, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Prince Harry meets 'killer', a specialist anti-poaching dog as he visits Southern African Wildlife College, a flagship centre close to Kruger National Park, during an official visit to Africa on December 2, 2015 in Kempiana, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 12: Prince Harry pats a dog as he meets the public at Cashel Street Mall on May 12, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
VALPARAISO, CHILE - JUNE 28: Prince Harry pats a dog as he meets members of the public outside Valpariso Firestation on June 28, 2014 in Valpariso, Chile. Firefighters from Valpariso were involved in dealing with the devastating forest fires that hit the area in April. Prince Harry is on a three day tour of Chile after visiting Brazil. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Harry meets Jonathan Flint and his assistance dog at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony during the Invictus Games at Queen Elizabeth park on September 14, 2014 in London, England. The International sports event for 'wounded warriors', presented by Jaguar Land Rover was an idea developed by Prince Harry after he visited the Warrior Games in Colorado USA. The four day event has brought together thirteen teams from around the world to compete in nine events such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry plays with Prince William's and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's dog 'Lupo' after playing in the Audi Polo Challenge charity polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club on May 13, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry plays with Prince William's and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's dog 'Lupo' after playing in the Audi Polo Challenge charity polo match, at Coworth Park Polo Club on May 13, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry plays with a dog after playing in the Audi Polo Challenge polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club on May 7, 2011 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Harry meets Alison Wyatt and her new dog Maddy who have recently been partnered, during a visit to the charity Canine Partners Training Centre in Midhurst in Sussex. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Harry meets Trudy a Golden Retriever puppy being trained during a visit to the charity Canine Partners Training Centre in Midhurst in Sussex. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Images via Getty Images)
MIDHURST, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13: Prince Harry holds an eight week old puppy called Veyron during a visit to the charity Canine Partners Training Centre on July 13, 2010 in Midhurst, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SEMONGKONG - JUNE 17: Prince Harry pets a puppy during a visit to the Semongkong Children's Centre on June 17, 2010 in Semongkong, Lesotho. The Princes are on a joint trip to Southern Africa to visit projects supported by their respective charities Tusk Trust (Prince William) and Sentebale (Prince Harry). (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) HRH Prince Harry plays with a dog prior to playing polo in the Westbury shield charity match at Coworth Polo Club on July 5, 2009 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
The Prince Of Wales And Princes William & Harry Attend A Photocall At Balmoral. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
CIRENCESTER - MAY: (FILE PHOTO) Prince William and Prince Harry play around together at Cirencester Park polo club in May, 1995 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Prince Harry plays with the dogs owned by Andrew Gailey, the housemaster of Manor House at Eton. (Photo by � Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Prince Harry son of the Prince and Princess of Wales stroking Arkie the dog while on holiday in Majorca Circa August 1988. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
PALMA, MAJORCA - AUGUST 10: Prince Harry plays with a dog with Princess Diana, Princess of Wales during a holiday in Majorca on August 10, 1987 in Palma, Majorca. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
MAJORCA-AUGUST 10 : (FILE PHOTO) Prince Harry cuddles a dog whilst on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10 , 1987. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
PALMA, MAJORCA - AUGUST 10: Prince William and Prince Harry play with a dog during a holiday in Majorca on August 10, 1987 in Palma, Majorca. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
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Despite his kind words — and Samantha apologizing to Meghan and Harry on DailyMailTV — Thomas still hasn’t spoken to his daughter in recent months. While Ragland, who is “very happy” about welcoming her first grandchild according to a statement released by the palace, was invited to spend the upcoming holidays with Meghan and Harry, it’s safe to say if Thomas and Samantha show up, it would be an unwelcome surprise.

The same day the palace confirmed Meghan’s pregnancy, the pair arrived down under for their first international tour as a married couple. The duchess debuted her baby bump in Sydney, Australia, on October 16 and for the next 16 days, all eyes around the globe were on Meghan’s growing belly as the pair visited New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

A source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Us that Meghan thought her first international royal tour “would be easier than it was,” but she remained in “great health” during the trip. While Harry and her personal secretary encouraged Meghan to “slow down” during the tour, the duchess “wanted to keep going,” per the source, who confirmed that she did take one morning off.

Meghan and Harry may not be expecting their little one to arrive until the spring, but the twosome are already planning to give their baby “the most normal life as possible,” the source close to the duke and duchess told Us at the end of October. “Harry is keen to keep them away from life in the public eye.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
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“Their children will still have security, that won’t change. They will still live a life of luxury, but that doesn’t meant their children will be spoiled,” the source revealed, noting that Meghan and Harry may “forgo royal titles” for their children. “They want their kids raised in a normal home.”

For Meghan, the task will also be teaching her kids a sense of American culture. “She doesn’t want to offend the royal family and she knows she has a role of the Duchess of Sussex that needs to meet a lot of obligations, but she’s keen for her kids to not be drawn into that,” the source told Us. “She wants her children to be global kids. She wants them to understand her personal ethnic background and what their roots are. She doesn’t want it to be all about the royal family.”

“Meghan doesn’t want kids that don’t experience the real world. She will take them on a subway. They will have chores, and jobs one day,” the source continued. “For them, starting with the titles, it’s about as much normality as possible. It’s about not morally coddling royal children as they have in the past.”

With reporting by Jennifer Peros 

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