Nude photos of Meghan Markle threaten to derail her engagement plans with Prince Harry. The actress is now fearful that images of her skinny dipping with ex-husband Trevor Engelson will surface and destroy her royal romance.
Radar Online reports that Markle swam nude with her then-husband during vacation to New Zealand in 2012. Several locals snatched the couple’s clothing while they were skinny dipping, forcing them to run naked in front of everyone.
“I was shocked,” Markle said at the time. “I couldn’t get my clothes back and we had to run back to the camper van to get dressed.”
Four years later, the Suits star is worried that someone snapped pictures of her naked run. Will the photos spell an end to her relationship with Prince Harry?
“Meghan is terrified these pics will emerge online and they’ll ‘break the internet’ like the famous Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian photos,” an inside source explained. “Meghan wasn’t bothered before and hadn’t thought about this possibility but now she’s officially with Harry she knows they could torpedo the romance, which of course is the last thing she wants.”
Prince Harry was already involved in a nude photo controversy in Las Vegas and probably doesn’t want to go down that road again. Of course, other royal family members have been in similar situations and came out all right.
In 2012, Kate Middleton almost broke the internet when her nude photos surfaced online. The scandal did not destroy her relationship with Prince William, though they were married at the time.
“That’s not the case with Meghan and Harry,” the insider continued. “They’re still at a delicate stage. Harry’s people won’t want the same controversy at this stage in the relationship, even if Harry will stick by her no matter what. The pressure on him to ditch her will be intense and she’s worried about it.”
According to Morning News, Markle was unaware that her skinny dipping scandal in New Zealand would ever come back to haunt her. Her mindset changed, however, once her romance with Harry became official.
“Meghan wasn’t bothered before and hadn’t thought about this possibility but now she’s officially with Harry she knows they could torpedo the romance, which of course is the last thing she wants,” a source explained.
Despite her terrible experience in New Zealand, it sounds like Markle and Harry will visit the country in the near future. Markle apparently loves the outdoors and believes it is a perfect spot to get away from all the media frenzy. Harry and Markle will hopefully stay away from skinny dipping this time around.
The nude photo scandal sounds like it could be a disaster for Meghan Markle, but it might be the least of her worries. The actress’s family is apparently “torn apart” by all the media attention she’s received since dating royalty. Not only is her father worried about his daughter’s health, but her sister, Samantha Grant, admitted that she was a “social climber” for dating Harry.
“The pressure on the family now that Harry has confirmed this relationship is intense,” Grant revealed to a source. “There have been arguments. We’re being torn apart. Our dad is really worried about Meghan and all the attention. He hates what has been said about Meghan’s mom, too. Meghan’s mom [Doria Ragland] is not from a gang area of LA like has been claimed. That could not be further from the truth. Her dad’s not broke either. He’s a proud, private man who wants what’s best for her.”
With all the bad press surrounding Markle, Daily Mail reports that Harry is paying for a personal bodyguard to help protect her. Harry is thinking about employing retired officers from Scotland Yard to look after Markle around the clock.
“His Royal Highness has made it clear that he believes Miss Markle’s personal safety is paramount,” a source shared. “It comes down to a matter of cost, who is paying for what.”
The price of such an endeavor is estimated between £50,000 and £300,000 per year. Markle reportedly thinks Harry is charming for considering around the clock security, but doesn’t believe it is a necessary expense.
Markle has been the source of intense media pressure ever since her romance with Harry made headlines. According to Just Jared, everyone is obsessed with the actress, who rose to fame for her role on USA Network’s Suits.
Although Markle has been the center of attention in recent weeks, it sounds like she and Harry are dealing with the pressure just fine. In fact, sources indicate that their relationship is stronger than ever since they announced it to the public and things are starting to get even more serious.
Whether or not the skinny dipping scandal puts the brakes on their romance is yet to be seen. The couple has been able to handle everything thrown their way so far, so there’s little doubt plans are in place to deal with the leaked photos.
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