Lonely times across the pond. Rumor has it that Meghan Markle isn’t too happy in the Queen’s land. On Thursday, August 22, Us Weekly reported that the new duchess, 38, is having a hard time adjusting to British etiquette and feels immense pressure in comparison to her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

“Meghan has this sense of isolation being in the U.K., subject to cruel British media. Her hands are tied, and she isn’t allowed to defend herself. It has been very difficult,” an insider told the outlet. As she is inevitably compared to Kate, 37, the former actress “feels that there is a standard set very high” and “It’s discouraging that the British public holds her up to that,” the source disclosed.

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As Meghan is credited for breaking the mold, she is still struggling to bust through the barriers as to what is expected of a British royal. “I have no doubt that Meghan is not a ‘yes’ person,” Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell told Us. “[She] speaks her mind and voices her opinions as an American woman of today would and should.”

It doesn’t seem like Meghan has any desire to change her strong-willed ways. Back in November, a source told In Touch that the new mom makes “ludicrous demands” and strives for perfection. “Her heart is in the right place — she just wants to make a good impression and do good work,” the source said of the then-pregnant royal. “Plus, it isn’t easy to juggle being pregnant with royal duties and adapting to a new life in a new country.”

With the microscope she is under and the standard set for royalty in the U.K., the insider said, “There are times when she feels exhausted and overwhelmed. And if things don’t go her way, everyone knows about it.”

“There’s a fine line between determination and knowing your place,” the source added. “Unless Meghan changes her ways, it’s likely to only be a matter of time before everything blows up.”

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