Ever since she married Prince Harry back in May of 2018, Meghan Markle's ability to get along with her royal in-laws has been a subject of constant speculation and debate.
Has Meghan breached royal protocol again?
Is she really feuding with Kate Middleton?
Is her apparent beef with the Duchess of Cambridge just a smokescreen disguising Prince William's feud with Prince Harry?
These are questions that have popped up repeatedly in tabloid headlines and have even served as the inspiration for numerous lengthy thinkpieces that touch on topics of race, the "special relationship" between England and America, and the nature of royalty itself.
Unfortunately, it may be decades before the story of Meghan's assimilation into the royal family can really be told truthfully.
Until then, we're left to ponder smaller questions -- like why in the hell would Queen Elizabeth II tell Meg she can't adopt a freakin' dog?
Yes, as you may recall, earlier this year, Harry and Meghan moved out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage, an estate on the Queen's property.
They also relocated their offices, which means they now work in close quarters with Elizabeth -- who has apparently made it clear that there are struct rules in place regarding pets.
“Harry and Meghan have moved their offices in with the Queen’s Buck House, and she absolutely does not want some mutt messing up her rugs,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online.
“Plus her corgis rule the roost there and don’t take too kindly to outsiders."
But it seems even queens engage in compromise from time to time:
“The Queen has said Meghan can do what she wants on her own property out at Frogmore, but is not to bring any of them to the Palace,” the insider continues.
“Meghan would be devastated by this, given rescues are her chosen passion.”
So it sounds less like Meghan is not allowed to have a dog and more like there would be restrictions on where the dog is allowed to roam on the grounds -- which seems totally reasonable.
Still, in the interest of stirring up drama, the insider says this is the Queen's way of keeping Meghan in check following several recent breaches in royal protocol.
It seems the most serious violation was Meghan's baby shower, which was apparently such a no-no that QE2 is still pissed about it, several months later:
“Baby showers and post-birth celebrations are simply not done in the royal family so this will likely set off some fireworks at Buckingham Palace,”
Yet again, being royalty sounds like it's not all it's cracked up to be.
You have to give up the right to have a party with your friends, and you're not even allowed to behead people anymore? What's the point?