In fairy tales and Hallmark movies, marrying a prince is usually a sign of a happy ending.
But as Meghan Markle has spent the last eight months discovering, in real life, a royal wedding can be the start of a very difficult transition.
The months since Meghan married Prince Harry have been marked by some dizzying highs (Meghan is expecting her first child!), but also some painful lows.
Most of the trouble has come from Meghan's awful family, who have devoted themselves to attempting to destroy the duchess' public image.
But there have been reports of considerable strife within Kensington Palace, as well.
In addition to Meghan's alleged feud with Kate Middleton, there have numerous shakeups within the royal staff, several of which have been attributed to Meghan.
The tabloid media has spilled a considerable amount of ink on the topic of Meghan driving royal staffers to quit.
And while it's true that two high-profile palace employees have resigned from their posts in the past three months, one was one was occupying an interim position and the other never blamed Meghan for her decision to quit.
But now another highly-visible member of the royal staff has decided to step down, and you can be sure that Meghan will take the blame once again.
According to London's Sunday Times, a Scotland Yard officer who was assigned to be Meghan's bodyguard lasted just six months in the job.
Insiders say the issue was not the guard's performance, but the fact that Meghan resents being watched so closely.
"Unlike someone who has grown up in the royal family and has been used to having close protection from an early age, it can be constraining," says a source.
"Even though [Meghan] was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely."
The insider adds:
"But in her current role she can’t go anywhere without her protection team, and that’s a massive constraining force on an individual like her."
So for the moment, it seems, Meghan is guard-less.
We doubt that palace officials will permit that to be a permanent state of affairs -- so hopefully they'll be able to find Meghan a replacement who will allow her a bit more freedom.
Unfortunately for the former Suits star, freedom is one of the amenities that's typically sacrificed by members of the Royal Family.