If you've been paying attention to the British tabloid press (our condolences) and its coverage of Meghan Markle, then you're familiar with this very tired refrain:
Meghan is the Diva Duchess; she's too American; she's breaching royal protocol left and right; Kate Middleton is leading the rebellion against her, and so forth ...
Given Meghan's status as a "non-traditional" royal (make of that loaded and oft-used phrase what you will), some criticism from the press was to be expected.
But for some reason, in recent weeks, outlets like The Sun have really stepped up their anti-Meg trash talk.
Part of the reason for that, of course, is the highly-publicized Meghan vs. Kate feud.
That conflict has proven popular for at least two reasons:
1. It sells papers (which is a very old-fashioned way of saying it makes for very clickable headlines).
2. The British press recently decided to stop criticizing Kate's every move, and this situation gives them an opportunity to make things up to their new bestie.
The latest anti-Meghan invective alleges that Meghan is interfering with Harry's loyalty to his family.
Specifically, she apparently stands accused of preventing him from upholding his royal duties.
Yes, we've already been told that Meghan and Kate's feud is affecting Harry and William's relationship, now Meg is apparently standing between Harry and the country he holds so dear (insert a million eye-roll emojis).
And what indication do we have of this subtle act of treason?
Well, it turns out pregnant Meg doesn't feel like getting drunk with the press.
As is customary, numerous reporters and photographers followed Meg and Harry on their recent tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.
However, the couple broke with tradition by failing to host regular cocktail hours for the press.
“They basically blanked the media on this tour, which is very short-sighted,” Duncan Larcombe, former royal correspondent for The Sun, tells Page Six.
Larcombe goes on to allege that Meg has changed Harry for the worse:
“All of Harry’s staff have always thought he was fantastic, but the two of them [together] are high maintenance,” he told the tabloid.
“What people love about Harry is that he wears his heart on his sleeve,” Larcombe added.
“He’s down to earth, a normal guy trapped in the royal world, and he doesn’t take himself very seriously. But now he is.”
Is it just us, or is this guy extremely butthurt to learn that royal correspondents no longer receive free martinis while on the world's cushiest assignment?