Meghan Markle’s frail frame is raising concerns among her loved ones, who fear that she may be cracking under the pressure of her hectic lifestyle, money woes, and constant public scrutiny.
The Duchess of Sussex has lost 20 pounds in the last year, according to nutrition expert Dr. Fred Pescatore, who does not treat her. He estimates that she currently weighs about 100 pounds at 5’6″.
Insiders say that Meghan is struggling to balance her demanding work schedule with her role as a mother to two young children, Archie, 4, and Lili, 2. She’s also feeling the financial strain of being cut off financially by King Charles III after she and Harry stepped back from their royal duties.
“Meghan feels like she’s constantly having to hustle to afford her and Harry’s lifestyle,” says a source.
The source also points out that Meghan is “under a lot of social pressure” and is frequently the target of online trolls.
“She has a lot on her plate,” the source says.
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Psychotherapist Stacey Kaiser, who has not treated Meghan, says that extreme weight loss can be a sign of stress, depression, exhaustion, or social pressure.
“Someone who is struggling with their mental health may intentionally restrict their food intake as a means of regaining a sense of control over their emotions,” Kaiser says.
Meghan’s husband, Prince Harry, is concerned about her declining health. His own mother, Princess Diana, famously struggled with bulimia.
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“He sees she isn’t herself, and that it’s affecting her health,” says a source. “He’s made it clear that he fears his wife will suffer in the same way his mother did.”
Harry is reportedly considering moving to New York City in an effort to help Meghan. He believes that the hustle and bustle of the city will be a better fit for her than the Hollywood lifestyle.
“He just wants his wife to be happy and healthy,” says the source.