Meghan Markle was nicknamed 'Di[ana] Lite' and 'Me-Gain' by Palace staff for shouting at and ill-treating them

'Kate was horrified when Meghan shouted at a member of Kate's staff — that was definitely the beginning of discussions about leaving Kensington Palace' a former servant said


                            Meghan Markle was nicknamed 'Di[ana] Lite' and 'Me-Gain' by Palace staff for shouting at and ill-treating them
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Meghan Markle was given demeaning nicknames by royal insiders at the Kensington Palace after she began mistreating servants and even shouted at a member of Kate Middleton's staff. 

During his research for his upcoming book, 'Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle' releasing on May 14, British author Tom Quinn talked quite a number of Kensington palace insiders, which comprised of staff members and servants.

They recalled the day Harry and Meghan moved into Duke of Sussex's cottage in the Kensington Palace grounds. One palace insider said that while Kate was perfectly welcoming of the new addition to the royal family, Meghan always ended up comparing her situation to Kate. 

"Kate is actually one of the nicest royals, and she hasn't let life in her extremely grand apartment at Kensington go to her head — or at least not too much," said the insider, Daily Mail reported. "She is nice to her staff, in the main, and she was very warm towards Meghan when she arrived. But tensions were bound to arise because Meghan inevitably had to accept that, although she is a duchess, she is not married to the next king."

The source added, "I think she has found that difficult to deal with. And although Harry loved their cottage on the grounds, Meghan was conscious that it was tiny in comparison to the vast apartment complex where Kate and William live."

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge stands with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at Westminster Abbey for a Commonwealth day service on March 11, 2019, in London, England (Getty Images)

Another insider said that the Duchess of Sussex struggled with adjusting to the ways of the royal life from Day 1. "Being a royal goes to everyone's head eventually — and after a while, William and Harry would meet without their wives in tow to avoid rows and stony silences," the insider said.

However, the reason that prompted the couple to move out of the Kensington premises and into the Windsor Castle was another dramatic matter altogether, said a servant who used to work in the palace. 

"Kate was horrified when Meghan shouted at a member of Kate's staff — that was definitely the beginning of discussions about leaving Kensington Palace," the former servant continues. "Like many people not used to dealing with servants, Meghan overdoes the imperiousness; so, on the one hand, she wants to be like Diana, a people's princess, and on the other she wants people to stand to attention when she clicks her fingers."

The palace staff quickly understood that Meghan was the dominant one in the relationship between her and Harry. And as time went by and they failed to warm up to her,  due to her reprimanding nature, within weeks of her arrival, they already had demeaning nicknames for her. Some of them were, 'Me-Gain', the 'Duchess of Difficult,' 'Di 2' or 'Di Lite'.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet band members as they attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall on March 7, 2020, in London, England (Getty Images)

Since the staff did not really know how to tackle Meghan, they were glad when she moved out. Meghan, meanwhile, was worried that people would look down on her or treat her differently because she was a divorced, biracial American. "There are the more reactionary elements in the Royal Family who do look down on her, and she knows it," added a Kensington insider. This makes her overreact sometimes — she doesn't have Kate's assured way of dealing with people."

However, such a reaction was far from the Queen's opinion who always regarded Meghan in the most affectionately way. "The Queen has had a soft spot for Americans since meeting Barack Obama who she completely fell in love with — so much so, that she's frequently asked her courtiers if they can arrange for him to come to Britain now he is no longer President," another former palace employee said. 

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