Duchess Meghan has done what every smart woman does when times are tough. She’s spent some time with her girlfriends – and probably her mum – as a way to regroup and regain some strength.
Much-needed time out
This week media outlets exploded with opinion pieces condemning the vilification of the pregnant Duchess. And quite rightly so because her every move is being critiqued and she’s now a prime target for social media abuse.
These pieces in defence of the Duchess came after some of Meg’s friends spoke to the press about what a brilliant person she is.
Seeking to “stand up against the global bullying we are seeing and speak the truth about our friend,” a longtime friend and former costar who requested anonymity told People Magazine. “We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby. It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”
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A tipping point
Her friend George Clooney also publicly condemned how Meghan’s being demonised by the gutter press and abused online.
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“She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was, and it’s history repeating itself. And we’ve seen how that ends,” he said last week.
Adding further stress to an already intolerable situation – especially for a pregnant woman – Meghan’s father released portions of a private letter she sent to him last week in which she pleaded with him to “please stop lying, please stop creating so much pain, please stop exploiting my relationship with my husband …”
Obviously all this stress must all be taking a toll on the new Duchess. It’s now been revealed that Meghan has snuck back to the US, taking a trip to New York City for some well-earned downtime – and a baby shower with her nearest and dearest.
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Tea and sympathy
Baby Sussex – the child of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan – is due April or early May, and with a pregnancy travel ban looming the mum-to-be is making the most of these final pre-baby travel weeks.
“Meghan flew from London to New York on Friday, February 15, for five nights of rest, shopping, and good food with some of her closest and most loyal pals—her first time in NYC since getting married,” Harpers Bazaar reports.
Meg and her bestie Jessica Mulroney – scroll down for some throwback photos of the pair – “visited Ladurée in New York’s SoHo district on Saturday, February 16, for macarons and tea in one of the bakery’s private spaces,” Harpers says.
A last pre-baby hurrah
Meghan’s baby shower is slated for today but as you’d expected details are tip-top secret.
“Friends are throwing Meghan a baby shower at a private location for 15 guests on Tuesday, February 19.
This trip comes ahead of a 23 February official royal trip to Morocco, where Harry and Meg will spend three days.
“The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to the visit which will highlight the vital roles that girls’ education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco.”