They’re the couple the world just can’t get enough of, but it seems Prince Harry has finally had enough of the endless scrutiny surrounding him and his new bride, Meghan Markle.
With fans and the world’s media watching every move they make, long after the fuss of their highly-publicised royal wedding in May has died down, sources close to the royal say Harry has become increasingly protective of his new bride.
It’s seen Prince Harry issue a harsh ultimatum to those nearest and dearest to him.
Worried about the “hysteria” surrounding the Duchess of Sussex, the royal has issued a stern directive to friends to keep their lips shut about the pair, with anyone breaking the code of silence immediately booted out from the inner circle.
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“They both expect a code of silence. If you talk to the press you’re out,” a source told Vanity Fair.
“Harry didn’t used to care that much about what was written… but he’s very protective of Meghan and defensive these days.”
Harry’s ultimatum comes following claims the pair have been steadily retreating from the public eye, with extended stays at their fortress-like country cottage in the Cotswalds.
“They spend a lot of time in the Cotswolds, more than people realise,” another source told Vanity Fair. “They are in the country way more than they are in London.”
It’s not the only way Prince Harry has attempted to protect his new wife.
British reporter Richard Palmer tweeted about the increasing lack of access to Meghan while out at royal events, saying it’s worse than before the pair were married.
“Royal rota journalists are being kept further away from her than we were before the wedding,” he tweeted.
“That means we can’t hear what she is saying.
“My hope is that when they come back from their summer break, Meghan will be given a bit of a freer rein to express herself (within earshot of the media) and get stuck into some of the serious topics she wants to tackle.”
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