When we see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appearing at royal engagements and glad-handing with the peasants, the couple is all smiles.
But according to a new report from Radar Online, the couple's demeanor is decidedly different behind closed doors.
Yes, it's been over a year since Meghan and Harry got married, which means it's time for breathless accounts from anonymous sources about how "the honeymoon period is over!"
“At first the sheer excitement and awe of being part of the most famous family in the world is amazing," a supposed insider tells Radar.
"Every time you turn a corner you see another amazing person or building that isn’t just famous but is also historic,” the source adds.
“It is like falling in love in the mansion of The Bachelor, far away from your daily worries of real life.
"But soon reality kicks in and it isn’t quite as exciting. That is where Meghan and Harry are now.”
Did ... did he just compare marrying into the British Royal Family to making it to the finals on a trashy reality show?
That's like saying winning the Super Bowl is like earning the top prize at your local strip club's twerking contest.
Anyway, according to the source, the bloom is off the rose and whatnot, as Meghan is beginning to feel trapped by the pressures and constant obligations of life as a duchess.
“After the initial excitement rubbed off Meghan has found herself mostly alone, stuck behind the Palace walls. It is incredibly isolating to be part of this family,” the insider says.
“They don’t leave the house very much and don’t allow many outsiders inside the family.”
The source adds:
“The honeymoon is 100% over. It might look like a great life to all of us, but in reality, it’s like being in golden handcuffs.”
There are two schools of thought on this situation:
Some might be inclined to focus on the fact that America is a bit of a toilet fire at the moment, and it's tough to feel sympathy for anyone who crossed the pond for a life of unimaginable wealth and luxury.
The other holds that Meghan has entered a world where a bad curtsy is the stuff of national scandal, and that her fishbowl experience might be uniquely hellish on a day-to-day level.
Anyway, this would be the part of the fairy tale where the discontented princess switches lives with some pauper, but we're pretty sure that's a tough maneuver to execute in 2019.
Besides, it would be pretty obvious that Meg had returned to her old life when she started popping up on episodes of Suits.
In any event, we hope that Harry is doing everything he can to make life easier for Meg during this difficult time.
It's bad enough that Samantha Markle and most of the rest of her relatives are absolutely horrendous people.
She doesn't need to feel trapped by awful in-laws, too.