From the moment she married Prince Harry back in 2018, Meghan Markle's life has been far from the fairy tale ending we typically associate with royal weddings.
In fact, her time as a subject of constant scrutiny from the British tabloid press and her famous in-laws was more akin to a waking nightmare.
Insiders say Meghan felt like an outsider from the very beginning, and now that she's put a few thousand miles of distance between herself and Buckingham Palace, she feels -- for the first time in her married life -- that she can breathe easy.
The problem, as Meghan saw it, was not that she was unpopular with one or two of her new in-laws.
It wasn't even that she was harassed by the British tabloid press in a way that, for many, brought to mind the systemic bullying of Princess Diana.
No, apparently Meghan believed that seemingly unrelated factions -- such as the royals and the tabloid press -- had set aside their differences in order to work in concert against her.
According to a new report from The Daily Mail, Meghan believed herself to be the victim of a vast conspiracy during the time she spent living in London.
That might sound paranoid coming from anyone else, but in Meghan's case, it actually explains quite a lot.
Meghan "was convinced there was a conspiracy against her and so she basically put herself in isolation when they moved to Frogmore," a source tells the outlet.
The insider adds that Meghan "felt like an outsider from the start," as "this wasn’t the life she was used to and she wanted out.”
"One of the things Meghan struggled with was not earning an income," the source claims.
"She has always worked and I think she felt unfulfilled. Having financial freedom was a big part of them wanting to leave."
And Meghan has wasted no time in getting back to work in the weeks since she and Harry returned to the States.
She's already narrated a Disney documentary about elephants, and while her work on the project drew mixed reviews, insiders say it's just the begininning for the newly-emancipated Meghan.
As for the Sussexes decision to move from Vancouver to LA in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the insider says Meghan was chomping at the bit to get back to her hometown, and she could wait no longer.
The souce says that Canada "was never going to be their forever home." adding: "The big plan, for Meghan at least, was always LA."
The source echoes previous claims that Harry is feeling a bit like a fish out out water in Los Angeles.
“He had a much more established life in England and he doesn’t really know anyone in LA," says the insider.
"I imagine he might be feeling a bit of what [Meghan] felt over in the UK—lonely and directionless.”
Sounds like these two might always have trouble settling on a place where they can both feel at home.
Fortunately, they're fabulously wealthy, so once the pandemic subsides they can jet back and forth between their hometowns as often as they'd like.