In addition to falling out with her father and half-sister, Meghan Markle has reportedly severed ties with several longtime friends, including childhood best friend Ninaki Priddy, Canadian socialite Jessica Mulroney and royal wedding guests David and Victoria Beckham.
But a relationship expert believes there’s a simple reason the Duchess of Sussex has been chilling old friends.
Relationship expert Kate Mansfield told the Mirror that Markle had simply “stepped past” her old circle of friends, as her tenure in the Royal Family likely created a shift in values and goals. .
“People who value personal growth and development often grow from friends and relationships over the years, as they change to the point where they no longer have much in common with old friends,” Mansfield explained to the publication.
“It may be due to different values, lifestyle and interests,” the expert added. “All of this applies deeply and most certainly to Meghan’s journey to becoming a royal.”
The former actress and her husband Prince Harry moved to Montecito, California from the UK in 2020.
Since then, they have cut ties with several of their former friends, including football star David Beckham and his wife Victoria Beckham.
Posh and Becks even made an appearance at the couple’s royal wedding in 2018 and were “very supportive” of Markle’s move to England at the time.
But the Sussexes are said to have accused the sports star and the Spice Girl of leaking stories about them, causing their friendship to end.
A source told the Mail on Sunday last month that David, 48, was ‘absolutely furious’ after allegations emerged in a heated phone call between the Sussexes and the Beckhams.
“Any reconciliation now is so unlikely,” the insider explained.
Meanwhile, Markle also reportedly froze her longtime pal Jessica Mulroney – who was also a guest at her wedding to Harry.
Mulroney’s relationship with Markle, who is biracial, became strained after she made a tone-deaf remark about “white privilege” in June 2020.
Page Six also reported that the Duchess of Sussex was once angry with her former best friend at the time because she thought Mulroney “benefited” from the exploitation of their friendship.
Meanwhile, Markle is reportedly no longer on good terms with her childhood friend Ninaki Priddy, who was her bridesmaid during her first marriage to Trevor Engelson in 2011. The couple, who were like “sisters”, were friend for decades.
Markle was reportedly upset that her longtime pal was also sharing stories with the press, promoting Priddy saying, “All I can say now is that I think Meghan was calculated – very calculated – in the way she handled people and relationships. She is very strategic in the way she cultivates circles of friends. Once she decides you’re not in her life, she can be very cold. It’s that shut-off mechanism that she has. There is nothing to negotiate. She made her decision and that’s it.
Now Markle has a new circle of friends which reportedly includes mogul Victoria Jackson.
The ‘Suits’ star was seen with more members of her new crew when she appeared on wellness entrepreneur Kadi Lee’s Instagram story this week.
Markle was seen smiling alongside Lee, their other friend, poet and author Cleo Wade, as he dined al fresco at a restaurant in California.
“Belated (birthday) celebrations (with) these lovely muses,” the caption read.
Markle was belatedly celebrating her 42nd birthday with the girlfriends after her actual birthday on August 4.