Victoria Beckham was 'mortified' after Meghan accused her of leaking stories: 'It could destroy her reputation'
The former Spice Girl has been good friends with the Duchess of Sussex since the start of her relationship with Prince Harry, though it no longer appears to be the case
Victoria Beckham was reportedly left "mortified" and "hurt" over rumors that Meghan Markle had accused her of leaking stories about her and Prince Harry to the press. Victoria, 45, is believed to have fallen out with Meghan, who was once a good friend, amidst the Sussexes' decision to step away from the royal family and move to Canada with their son Archie earlier this month.
While details regarding the same are still unclear, a source revealed the former Spice Girl was afraid her reputation was being dragged into the mud because of allegations that she was behind leaks relating to Harry and Meghan.
"Vic was mortified when it happened," the source said. "She and David were both shocked and hurt—so it was hard for her to relive the same feelings after details resurfaced of the alleged leak amid the furor around Harry and Meghan stepping back from the royal family."
"Vic's now panicking that this could destroy her reputation," the source continued. "She's been very careful who she keeps close to her in the past for reasons of trust and loyalty. It's heartbreaking for her to be accused and for everyone else to know about it."
The news emerged amidst rumors that Meghan had sparked a row between Harry and David Beckham—who have known each other for years and worked together on numerous charity events—over the same accusations that Victoria was the leak.
Meghan is believed to have first suspected that Victoria spoke behind her back to the media as far back as her wedding to Harry in April 2017. The pair had met during the early days of her romance with the royal, and the Spice Girl's list of recommendations of facialists and stylists to Meghan had somehow found their way to the tabloids.
"When Meghan moved to London, Victoria shared a whole bunch of beauty tips but not long after, some of these emerged in print and Meghan was furious," a source told the Sun. "Inexplicably, she feared Victoria was behind it — I mean, the idea that Victoria Beckham would be personally ringing journalists to give them a scoop is ridiculous — and spoke to Harry about it."
"Harry is very protective of Meghan and decided to deal with the matter head-on, by directly contacting his good pal, David. Harry was very polite, but obviously it was a pretty awkward exchange and David was mortified."
"He quickly put Harry right, and the two men agreed to move on — but it certainly made things awkward for a while. It later turned out the leak probably came from a beauty salon. Afterward, they got things back on track, but it took a few months."