Recent tabloids would have you believe that Meghan Markle is very hard to work with.
It's been reported that she quite the demanding boss; allegedly she was nicknamed "Duchess Difficult" by some royal staffers." People says she sends multiple emails and texts with her "incessant stream of ideas" as early as 5 a.m, and that her style of management is something "veteran royal aides just aren't used to." A source close to the royal family reportedly told the press that “the most difficult job in the royal family is to work with Meghan's ambitions and make them realizable."
Basically, the gossip mags suggest that Markle is not so easy to work with because she's enthusiastic about her work, excited by new ideas and has big dreams. Sounds like the same kind of bias women have been facing... forever. But these bad rumors seem to be far from the truth.
People's source admitted that Meghan is that she's anxious to learn about royal protocol and takes her new duties seriously. She's a quick learner, receptive to the courtiers who've been guiding her and helping her adapt to her new royal life. And according to Elle, "the stories about Meghan being difficult are absolutely untrue." She is apparently well-liked, and her ambition is reportedly appreciated by the staff.
These kind of reports might not harm Markle, who told Vanity Fair in November 2017 that she doesn't read any press, calling it "noise." But it's about time the world stopped shaming ambitious women for the sake of the rest of us. Ambition should be celebrated. And so what if we're difficult? At least we have good ideas, and we're willing to back them up.
AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.